Next Steps in Poliovirus Containment – October 2017

National authorities for containment encouraged to initiate first steps in containment certification process

Working in containment. ©WHO
Working in containment. ©WHO

The Global Certification Commission (GCC) for the eradication of polio, supported by the Containment Working Group, are now ready to review and endorse or reject applications for certificates of participation in the containment certification process, following approval by national aurhorities for containment.

The certificate of participation is the first stage of the containment certification process for laboratories and other facilities designated to retain poliovirus type 2.

Containment certification aims to ensure the safe and secure storage and handling of stocks of poliovirus around the world, minimizing the risk of the virus’ release back into the community after eradication. Containment is an important part of the poliovirus eradication process.


National authorities for containment (NACs) can submit applications for review to the GCC at:

NACs can submit questions, issues and concerns to the above address.

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