Essential medicines selection

WHO Expert Committees

The WHO Expert Committee on Selection and Use of Essential Medicines meets every two years to review the latest scientific evidence on the efficacy, safety and cost effectiveness of medicines in order to revise and update the WHO Model List of Essential Medicines for both adults and children. Committee members are selected from WHO Expert Advisory Panels based on equitable geographical representation, gender balance and professional competencies in order to provide a representation of different approaches and practical experience from all regions of the world.

The 20th Expert Committee meeting will take place at WHO Headquarters, Geneva, in April 2015.

All the data related to the 20th session of the WHO Expert Committee on Selection and Use of Essential Medicines will be published online at:

Procedures for updating the WHO Model List of Essential Medicines

Official documents

Background information

Contact: emlsecretariat@who.int

Policy, Access and Use (PAU)

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