The European Commission and the World Health Organization (WHO) have announced a landmark partnership in the field of digital health to strengthen global health security. This partnership marks the first step towards the creation of the WHO Global Digital Health Certification Network (GDHCN), which will develop digital products to improve the health of people around the world.

The partnership will focus on the technical development of the WHO system, with the aim of expanding its scope and covering additional use cases, such as digitalization of vaccination or prophylaxis certificates.

The WHO aims to offer all Member States equitable access to an open source-based digital health tool, which ensures the quality of health services and protects data privacy. The collaboration between the EU and the WHO seeks to contribute to digital health standards and interoperability globally.

The partnership between the European Commission and WHO achieved close collaboration in the development, management and implementation of the WHO GDHCN system, drawing on the technical expertise of the European Commission in the field. It will ensure that current EU digital certificates continue to function effectively. This partnership represents an important step in the digital action plan of the EU Global Health Strategy and demonstrates how collaboration between the EU and the WHO can improve health globally.

Article written by WHO media team