WHO's Key Normative Processes and Institutions for Vaccines: A Primer
This brief describes three WHO normative institutions and processes pertaining to the issuance of technical guidelines and opinons about the public health value of new vaccines, their quality, and the acceptability of their manufacturings. This primer examins (1) the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts and WHO vaccine "position papers"; (2) the Expert Committee on Biological Standardization (ECBS); and the (3) Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety (GACVS). It higlights ways in which these three processes are related to and can reinforce one another, strengthening the coherence of the existing system. The note also describes the procedures established for the prequalification of vaccines, by which the WHO assesses their acceptability for purchase by United Nations agencies on behalf of developing countries.
Author(s): International AIDS Vaccine Institute
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