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 will take 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.
In order to prepare for the meeting in April, we need to close the “Comments on Applications” section of the website.
The final date for comments on the applications was 28th February 2013. Comments received after the 28th are not uploaded.
The final date for comments on the expert reviews is 21st March 2013. Comments received after the 21st will not be uploaded.
However all submissions received, including those after 21st March, will be made available to the Expert Committee.
All the data related to the 19th session of the WHO Expert Committee on Selection and Use of Essential Medicines are published online at:
Comparative Table of Medicines on the WHO Essential Medicines Lists from 1977- 2011
List of medicines deleted from previous EMLs
List of rejected applications
Procedures for updating the WHO Model List of Essential Medicines
- Definition and concept of essential medicines
- Revised procedure for updating WHO's Model List of Essential Drugs. Executive Board document EB109/8, 7 December 2001
Additional information for applicants
Applications, agendas and outcomes of previous meetings of the Expert Committee
- 18th Expert Committee meeting (21-25 March 2011)
- Emergency Session (15 January 2010)
- 17th Expert Committee meeting (23-27 March 2009)
- 2nd meeting of the Subcommittee (29 Sep-3 Oct 2008)
- 16th Expert Committee meeting (24-25 October 2007)
- 1st meeting of the Subcommittee (9-13 July 2007)
- 15th Expert Committee meeting (19-23 March 2007)
- 14th Expert Committee meeting (7-11 March 2005)
- 13th Expert Committee meeting (31 March-3 April 2003)
- 12th Expert Committee meeting (15-19 April 2002)
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