05.12.2023 (Обновлено: 07.12.2023 16:46)

EEC and WHO Regional Office for Europe implement and develop Memorandum of Understanding

On December 4, the Eurasian Economic Commission signed an Action Plan until the end of 2025 for implementing the Memorandum of Understanding between the EEC and the Regional Office for Europe of the World Health Organization (WHO).

On behalf of the Commission, the Plan was signed by Viktor Nazarenko, Minister in charge of Technical Regulation, and on behalf of WHO it was signed by Hans Kluge, Director of the European Regional Office.

"Cooperation between the EEC and WHO on implementing the Memorandum reaches a systematic planned level with a plan for joint actions until 2025," noted the EEC Minister Viktor Nazarenko. "The WHO's work has shown its efficiency in combating the COVID-19 pandemic. Close interaction at the regional level will enable us to apply the WHO's international experience to achieve in the EAEU a comprehensive, science-based approach to responding to new biological threats to public health, to take into account and, if necessary, harmonize with international product safety requirements, and to ensure the availability of new high-tech medicines and medical products in the EAEU".

The plan envisages 21 activities in all areas of cooperation established in the Memorandum. 

According to the Plan, a relevant Working Group on cooperation will be formed in the field of circulation of medicines and medical products, it is planned to exchange draft regulatory documents in regulating the circulation of medicines and medical products, and to hold a number of joint consultations, participation of the EEC representatives in drafting the WHO project on preparing the rules of good pharmacopoeial practice. 

In the sphere of ensuring safety for human life and health of food products circulating in the market, a number of joint consultations are planned on regulating or preventing the circulation of food products dangerous for human life and health, and on standardizing the content of chemical substances and microorganisms in food products and drinking water. Besides, this sphere provides for mutual exchange of information on digital resources in ensuring the safety of food products for human life and health.

A number of measures are envisaged in the field of prevention and emergence of infectious and contagious diseases, as well as mass non-contagious diseases. These include the exchange of research and methodological information in the field of scientific research and implementation of innovative WHO developments, and joint consultations on ensuring safe passenger transportation amid the pandemic. 

Joint actions are also planned to improve the readiness of the region's countries to respond to health emergencies, prevent the emergence of antimicrobial resistance, develop health information systems, and provide high-tech medical care.

For reference

The Eurasian Economic Union States belong to a region which activities are coordinated by the WHO Regional Office for Europe within the World Health Organization.

Interaction and cooperation between the EEC and the WHO Regional Office for Europe within the signed Memorandum of Understanding between the Eurasian Economic Commission and the Regional Office for Europe of the World Health Organization has been carried out since October 13, 2021.