WHO open to “lobbying” by businessBMJ 2016; 353 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3134 (Published 02 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3134
- Anne Gulland
The World Health Organization has been warned that it was now open to undue influence from commercial interests after member states agreed a framework for its relations with industry and other bodies.
Delegates at last week’s World Health Assembly in Geneva agreed the Framework for Engagement with Non-State Actors, a document that set out rules for the organisation’s relationship with bodies from industry, academia, and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and philanthropic organisations.
Member states spent the last two years negotiating the framework, which WHO described as a “major step in WHO’s governance reform.” It said that the framework gave the organisation “comprehensive policies and procedures” on engagement with such bodies.