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.

Applications

National authorities for containment (NACs) can submit applications for review to the GCC at: containmentcertification@workspace.who.int

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

Read more on containment

Resources for containment


Related News

   09/04/2019
Polio programme assessed by experts at the global immunization meeting
   04/03/2019
Global Commission for Certification of Poliomyelitis Eradication (GCC) meet in Geneva to intensify its work on global certification criteria
   18/02/2019
WHO seeks input on guidance document
   05/12/2018
Steve Oberste, chief of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Peter Borus, head of the Kenya Medical Research Institute's (KEMRI) share reasons for retaining or destroying poliovirus infectious materials.
   19/11/2018
What did we learn?
   30/10/2018
We speak to Dr Arlene King, Chair of the RCC for the Americas, and GCC Containment Working Group, about the vital importance of safe and secure containment of polioviruses and the risk and responsibility that come with retaining the pathogen.