WHO Advisory Group On Pandemic Flu To Meet Next Week
By William New, Intellectual Property Watch on 17/11/2011 @ 7:15 pm
An advisory group on the new World Health Organization framework agreement on pandemic influenza preparedness is preparing to meet for the first time from 21-23 November.
The advisory group is one of three “pillars” of the pandemic influenza preparedness (PIP) framework launched at the May 2011 World Health Assembly (IPW, WHO, 24 May 2011 ). As of last week, the 18 members of the advisory group were still being finalised, according to sources.
At next week’s meeting the advisory group is expected to set the priorities and the agenda for the group.
The other pillars are a benefit-sharing system and an influenza virus traceability mechanism, according the WHO webpage on the PIP framework .
Of the advisory group, the WHO website states:
“The Advisory Group is one of the three pillars of the PIP Framework’s “Governance and Review” structure. The Advisory Group is to monitor implementation of the PIP Framework and provide evidence-based reporting, assessment and recommendations regarding functioning of the PIP Framework. The Advisory Group will provide guidance and input to the Director-General, presenting an annual report on its evaluation of implementation of the PIP Framework.
The PIP Framework identifies 7 specific areas that should be covered in the annual report of the Advisory Group:
Necessary technical capacities of WHO GISRS.
Operational functioning of WHO GISRS.
WHO GISRS influenza pandemic preparedness priorities, guidelines and best practices (e.g. vaccine stockpiles, capacity building).
Increasing and enhancing surveillance for H5N1 and other influenza viruses with human pandemic potential.
The Influenza Virus Tracking Mechanism.
The sharing of influenza viruses and access to vaccines and other benefits.
Use of financial and non-financial contributions.”
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URLs in this post:
 IPW, WHO, 24 May 2011: http://www.ip-watch.org/weblog/2011/05/24/who-set-on-reform-path-with-concerns-pandemic-plan-agreed-counterfeits-not/
 webpage on the PIP framework: http://www.who.int/influenza/pip/en/