The International Health Regulations (IHR) 2005 are an international instrument that is legally binding on all World Health Organization (WHO) Member States.
The purpose and scope of the IHR 2005 is to prevent, protect against, control, and provide a public health response to the international spread of disease. This is done in ways that commensurate with and are restricted to public health risks, and which avoid unnecessary interference with international traffic and trade.
Under the IHR 2005, Member States designate a national focal point (NFP) to communicate with the regional WHO IHR contact point.
The UK governments, including the devolved administrations, have designated Public Health England (PHE) to act as the NFP for all of UK territory, to include England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland, the overseas territories (OTs) and the Crown dependencies (CDs).
The International Health Regulations: Activities of the UK National Focal Point from 15 June 2007 to December 2010 report provides an overview of the activities of the UK IHR National Focal Point since the IHR (2005) came into force in June 2007 up to the end of December 2010.