Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety (GACVS)

Page last updated: 23 November 2020

Language: English (with materials in Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish).

Audience: Ministries of Health, national regulatory authorities, health-care personnel and members of the public.

The website of the Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety provides the conclusions of the biannual meetings of the Committee. These relate to general safety issues relevant to all vaccines such as the safety of adjuvants as well as to a number of vaccine-specific issues pertaining to long-standing vaccines, new vaccines and vaccines still under development.

Reports of Committee meetings are posted twice a year, with additional statements and questions and answers on specific issues published as required. Material in Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish is posted on an ongoing basis throughout the year.

The GACVS was established in 1999 by the World Health Organization to respond promptly, efficiently, and with scientific rigour to vaccine safety issues of potential global importance. Its members are acknowledged experts from around the world in the fields of epidemiology, statistics, paediatrics, internal medicine, pharmacology and toxicology, infectious diseases, public health, immunology and autoimmunity, drug regulation and safety.

Date of most recent evaluation: February 2016.