Leveraging the Laboratory Response Network: A Step Toward Implementing IHR (2005)


In 1969, the Twenty-Second World Health Assembly revised and consolidated the International Sanitary Regulations into what is known today as the International Health Regulations (IHR). The IHR promote a global collaboration to prepare for, respond to, and prevent the spread of infectious disease and other public health threats. In 2005, the IHR was once again reviewed and expanded to address the increasing threat of emerging infectious disease due to globalization and urbanization. 195 State Parties agreed to adopt and implement IHR (2005); however, as of May 2013, over 100 of these States still had not yet met the eight core capacities outlined in the IHR (2005). In February 2014, the Obama administration launched the Global Health Security Agenda with the aim of moving toward a world safe and secure from infectious disease threats. The Global Health Security Agenda offers a path forward to support countries in achieving the core capacities of the IHR. APHL proposes leveraging the distributed structure of the US managed Laboratory Response Network for Biological Threats Preparedness (LRN-B) to develop the core capacity of laboratory testing and to fulfill the laboratory strengthening component of the Global Health Security Agenda. The LRN supports five of the eight core capacities and could serve as a model for State Parties lacking resources and an implementation plan. The LRN, founded in 1999 by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL), is a specialized network of laboratories that are capable of an all-hazard response to a variety public health threats. Leveraging LRN assets internationally would provide a standardized approach toward IHR (2005) implementation and ensure a global collaboration to defend against public health threats.


To promote the Laboratory Response Network (LRN) as a model that supports global health initiatives, strengthens worldwide laboratory systems, and advances international partnerships to prepare for and respond to infectious disease threats.

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December, 2014

November 02, 2017

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