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 19th Expert Committee meeting took place at WHO Headquarters, Geneva, from 8 to 12 April 2013.

The WHO Secretariat for the 19th Expert Committee on Selection and Use of Essential Medicines thanks all those who have provided comments.

All the data related to the 19th session of the WHO Expert Committee on Selection and Use of Essential Medicines are published online at:

Official documents

Background information

Procedures for updating the WHO Model List of Essential Medicines

Contact: emlsecretariat@who.int

Policy, Access and Use (PAU)

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