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IAMRA & WHO Form Historic Partnership

On February 19, 2024, the International Association of Medical Regulatory Authorities (IAMRA) signed a historic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the World Health Organization in a ceremony in Geneva. 

The MoU was signed by Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the WHO, and Joan Simeon, Chair of IAMRA. The ceremony was also attended by IAMRA secretary Dr. Humayun Chaudhry and Dr. Jeffrey Carter, Chair of the Federation of State Medical Boards of the United States. Oregon Medical Board Executive Director Nicole Krishnaswami, JD, is currently serving as Chair-Elect of IAMRA. 

The MoU sets out a framework for collaboration between the WHO and IAMRA on a range of strategic projects and common goals including:
  • The identification of priority evidence gaps and related research in health workforce regulation
  • The inclusion of regulatory perspectives into areas of development by the WHO
  • The provision of technical support for capacity building in medical regulation in countries and assistance in identifying appropriate technical advisers
  • Closer collaboration on sponsored participation of low and middle-income countries at IAMRA global meetings
  • The development of a webinar series with a focus on issues for medical regulators in low and middle-income countries
  • Support for the implementation and uptake of the WHO Guidance on Health Practitioner Regulation

Read more about the MoU here.