Containment Guidance and Tools
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.
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.
Guidance to minimize risks for facilities collecting, handling or storing materials potentially infectious for polioviruses (PIM Guidance)
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.
|SOP for the identification, destruction or preparation for containment of poliovirus infectious or potentially infectious materials|
|FORM 1: Facility reporting form|
|FORM 2: Containment preparations reporting form|
Public Health Management of Facility Related Exposure to Live Polioviruses
WHO has published guidance for managing human exposure to live polioviruses in laboratory facilities. Countries where polioviruses are kept require this guidance.
The document is primarily aimed at workers handling and storing polioviruses in designated poliovirus-essential facilities and outlines public health measures to be taken in the event of a spill or containment breach.