About the IHR
Since 15 June 2007, the world has been implementing the International Health Regulations (2005). This legally-binding agreement significantly contributes to global public health security by providing a new framework for the coordination of the management of events that may constitute a public health emergency of international concern, and will improve the capacity of all countries to detect, assess, notify and respond to public health threats.
Countries that are States Parties to the Regulations have two years to assess their capacity and develop national action plans followed by three years to meet the requirements of the Regulations regarding their national surveillance and response systems as well as the requirements at designated airports, ports and certain ground crossings (a two-year extension may be obtained, and, in exceptional circumstances, an additional extension could be granted, not exceeding two years).
Are you informed?
International Health Regulations briefs
IHR Lyon office
- Guide to hygiene and sanitation in aviation (third edition)
- Guide to ship sanitation (third edition)
- IHR key publications
- COMBI: A toolkit for behavioural and social communication in outbreak response
- COMBI: Field Workbook for COMBI planning steps in outbreak response
- Laboratory Assessment Tool
- International travel and health
- Biosafety and laboratory security
- Training toolkit: Laboratory quality management system
- Biostatistics: New CD-ROM for self learning
IHR implementation at ports, airports and ground crossings
- E-library: Knowledge, training and resources to support IHR implementation