WHO Expert Committee on Biological Standardization
Established in 1947, the Expert Committee on Biological Standardization (ECBS) is one of the longest standing World Health Organization (WHO) committees and has overall responsibility for setting written standards and establishing reference preparation materials. Standards developed through the ECBS relate to the production and quality control of safe and effective biological products. They provide guidance for national regulatory authorities and manufacturers and serve as the standard for prequalification of vaccines for supply to countries through international agencies. Reference preparation materials are available from designated WHO laboratories and provide the basis for comparison of materials used in biologicals worldwide.
Members of the ECBS are scientists from national control agencies, academia, research institutes and public health bodies. These scientists act as individual experts and not as representatives of their respective organizations or employers. The decisions and recommendations of the ECBS are based entirely on scientific principles and public health considerations.
The ECBS reports directly to the WHO Executive Board, which is the executive arm of the World Health Assembly. The outcome of each ECBS meeting is subsequently published in a technical report. This report provides updated information on standards for assuring the quality, safety and efficacy of biological products as well …