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WHO

World Health Organization (WHO)

Introduction

  • WHO is a specialized agency of the United Nations for the purpose of international cooperation in the fields of health and hygiene. It was established in 1948 with the objective of "the attainment by all people of the highest possible level of health". Its headquarters are located in Geneva, Switzerland

Scope of Activities

  • WHO collaboration center for standardization and assessment of biologics
    • Support to develop international specifications for biologics
    • Participation in international collaborative researches to develop international reference standards and test methods for biologics
    • Support to help regulatory authorities reinforce their competence, through training program
    • Support to help regulatory authorities in the Western Pacific region and others comply with international standards
  • Designated as a Global Learning Opportunities (GLO) for biologics GMP and national lot release by WHO
    • Designated as a GLO for national lot release for vaccines in 2016 GMP after WHO’s prior designation for biologics GMP in 2007
  • Signing Technical Service Agreement (TSA) with WHO
    • Designated as an internationally-accredited external laboratory in 2006 to conduct quality conformity assessment for six preparations, including Japanese encephalitis vaccine (12 test items)

Key activities

  • Signing TSA with WHO (May 2006)
  • Designated as a Global Learning Opportunities (GLO) for biologics GMP (November 2007)
  • Designated as a WHO collaboration center for standardization and assessment of biologics (January 2011)
  • Agreement with the Western Pacific Regional Office for standardization of biologics and safety control of food products (January 2011)
  • WHO Regional Alliance Steering Committee to reinforce functions and competence of regulatory authorities in the Western Pacific region (April 2013)
  • Designated as a WHO collaboration center for standardization and assessment of biologics (January 2015)
  • Launching Official Development Assistance (ODA) projects together with WHO to reinforce competence of regulatory authorities of developing countries in the western Pacific region (April 2015)
  • Designated as a GLO for national lot release for vaccines by WHO (January 2016)
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