New regulations aim to prevent international health emergencies

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 14 June 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1243
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. London

    New regulations concerning public health emergencies came into force this week, revising the rules that have been in force since 1969.

    The regulations were agreed at the 2005 World Health Assembly and have a far wider scope than the previous ones, including procedures for dealing with new and re-emerging diseases and acute chemical or radiation events.

    The revision broadens the scope of notification to the World Health Organization—from cases of cholera, plague, and yellow fever to “all events which may constitute public health emergencies of international concern and the reporting of other serious international health risks, irrespective of origin or source.”

    The regulations were originally intended to …

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