There has long been recognition of the need to put in-place a systematic approach for authorities to respond to such in the form of agreements on international cooperation on infectious diseases.

These agreements have evolved from being rather straightforward and covering a limited number of diseases to being more complex and covering a greater number of threats.

This briefing details these agreements - International Health Regulations - and reviews their current status (as of April 2007).

Last modified on May 2 2007.