Independent review of the Global Public Health Intelligence Network (GPHIN)

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Status of the review

The Public Health Agency of Canada is committed to scientific excellence and continuously adapting its processes to enable effective responses to emerging public health issues.

The Minister of Health has requested an independent review of Canada’s global public health surveillance system, the Global Public Health Intelligence Network (GPHIN), to ensure it continues to meet today’s public health needs.

Ms. Margaret Bloodworth has been selected as the chair of the independent panel that will conduct this review. The other panelists include Dr. Paul Gully and Dr. Mylaine Breton. The panel was selected based on diverse experience and expertise in relevant fields, including public health, health security and intelligence, and governance.

This review will consider:

The terms of reference for the review will be determined in consultation with the panel. The panel will submit a final report with recommendations to the Minister of Health in spring 2021, which will be made public.

The results of this review will help inform future policy decisions around Canada’s global public health surveillance system to ensure the Government of Canada is well positioned for future public health events.

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Background

GPHIN is an early-warning and situational awareness system for potential chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear public health threats worldwide. This includes monitoring of infectious disease outbreaks.

GPHIN was established in 1997. Since that time, a significant number of non-governmental entities now conduct open source surveillance and alerting along with governmental systems. This global shift to both private and public sector public health surveillance has impacted the role that GPHIN plays in Canada and on the world stage.

GPHIN shares a variety of information products with users about public health issues.

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