International Health Regulations (IHR), Third Edition (2005)

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World Health Organization



Strengthening health security by implementing the International Health Regulations (2005)

International Health Regulations (2005)
Third edition


The purpose and scope of the International Health Regulations (2005) are “to prevent, protect against, control and provide a public health response to the international spread of disease in ways that are commensurate with and restricted to public health risks, and which avoid unnecessary interference with international traffic and trade”. Because the IHR (2005) are not limited to specific diseases but apply to new and ever- changing public health risks, they are intended to have long-lasting relevance in the international response to the emergence and spread of disease. The IHR (2005) also provide the legal basis for important health documents applicable to international travel and transport and sanitary protections for the users of international airports, ports, and ground crossings.

This third edition contains the text of the IHR (2005), the text of World Health Assembly resolution WHA58.3, the amended version of Annex 7 (concerning period of protection of vaccination against yellow fever, and validity of related certificates) that entered into force on 11 July 2016, the Health Part of the Aircraft General Declaration that entered into force on 15 July 2007, and appendices containing an updated list of States Parties and State Party reservations and other communications in connection with the IHR (2005).

The third edition of the IHR is available in English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish on the WHO website.

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Manuals and Toolkits
International health
Global health
Health emergencies
Emergency preparedness and response
Health systems strengthening
Outbreak response
Program management
Applied epidemiology
Multiple regions
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Multiple countries