Containment Resources


GAPIII and Containment Certification Scheme

The WHO Global Action Plan (GAPIII) was endorsed by the WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization in October 2014 and the World Health Assembly resolution WHA68.3 in May 2015. The GAPIII Containment Certification Scheme (CCS) was endorsed by the WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization in October 2016.

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The following Containment Certification Scheme forms and templates are available to support National Authorities for Containment in the roll-out and implementation of the certification process. All submissions to the Global Certification Commission for the Eradication of Poliomyelitis (GCC) must be made in English.

Cost (man-day) calculation guidance
Application form for Certificate of Participation (CP)
Audit findings and corrective action plan (CAP)
Auditor monitoring report
Auditor application form
Register of GAPIII auditors, technical experts and trainers
Document request form
Sample audit plan
Audit attendance sheet
Audit report template
CCS feedback form
All CCS forms

Guidance to minimize risks for facilities collecting, handling or storing materials potentially infectious for polioviruses

This guidance is intended for ALL facilities but specifically those that could be/don’t know if they are collecting, handling or storing poliovirus. These include facilities that are not purposefully using and manipulating poliovirus for research, diagnostics and or/vaccine production, but rather, might inadvertently be working with the virus through poliovirus potentially infectious material (PV PIM).

The guidance aims to help facilities identify PV PIM and eliminate or minimize risks of handling and storing such material.

Looking for every last poliovirus in global sample collections

The global intensification of efforts to appropriately contain polioviruses is critical. To supplement Global Action Plan III for the containment of polioviruses, WHO has published guidance to help facilities identify, destroy, or safely and securely handle and store sample collections potentially infectious for poliovirus.

Dr Mark Pallansch from CDC explains what the guidance means for facilities worldwide.

Poliovirus potentially infectious materials (PV PIM) include fecal, nasopharyngeal, or sewage samples collected in a time and place where wild polioviruses/vaccine-derived polioviruses (WPV/VDPV), or OPV-derived viruses were circulating or oral polio vaccines (OPV/Sabin) were in use. Facilities with a high probability of storing such materials include those working with rotavirus or other enteric agents, hepatitis viruses, influenza/respiratory viruses, and measles virus. Other facilities could include those conducting nutrition research or environmental facilities.

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