Canada's International Health Regulations (IHR) National Focal Point

Public Health Agency of Canada – Canada's IHR National Focal Point

Pursuant to the International Health Regulations (IHR (2005)), each World Health Organization (WHO) Member State must designate a National Focal Point (NFP) (Art.4). The NFP is accessible at all times for communications with the WHO concerning global public health risks. The IHR NFP for Canada is located at the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).

The IHR NFP is responsible for coordinating the implementation of the IHR (2005) on behalf of the Government of Canada. It provides dependable and timely monitoring, distributes information domestically and internationally on global public health risks, and notifies the WHO of potential PHEIC. It also develops guidance documents, communications protocols, and tools for stakeholder groups, to help build public health and inter-sectorial collaboration, so Canada can continue to meet its IHR obligations.

For more information contact the IHR National Focal Point at

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