The 11th meeting of the CIOMS/WHO Working Group on Vaccine Pharmacovigilance
4th – 5th October 2010, New York, US

Towards a publication!

This was the final scheduled face-to face meeting of the group in order to achieve goals according to the present business plan. The approaching publication summing up the work that has been made created enthusiasm and the discussions based on the initial scope of the endorsement of the Brighton collaboration criteria filled the agenda of the two days! The working group was welcomed to the facilities of Pfizer on 42 Street, Manhattan and enjoyed this central location!
Planned chapters of the publication -apart from introduction and foreword- will cover areas such as general definitions, stakeholders’ perspectives, Brighton collaboration case definitions, methods to enhance application of Brighton collaboration case definitions (ie translations, MedDRA mapping, references in pharmacovigilance resources) and finally conclusions and future directions including practical use of general and the case definitions.

Break-out sessions on the definition of vaccination failure and the practical use of general and case definitions brought energy to further discussions during the second day.

The WG was also provided with an update from WHO on the Global Vaccine Safety Blueprint Project particular on the definition of requirements for minimal capacity of a vaccine pharmacovigilance system. Representatives from the Brighton Collaboration (by telephone link), which undertake parts of the project work for WHO, presented the plans for a survey of minimal capacity in 41 low and middle income countries and a SWOT analysis of ongoing vaccine safety initiatives world-wide. Once the development of the survey questionnaire is completed, the WG, being an international vaccine safety initiative, will respond to the questionnaire.

Future directions of a restructured WG and scope were discussed at the end of the meeting and several proposals made. Members volunteered to draft a concept paper to be circulated to the rest of the WG for comments.

At the end of the first day the participants enjoyed the lively Manhattan atmosphere with a walk along 42nd Street - resisting the rain!- passing monuments such as the Chrysler Building and Grand Central.

Thanks to the WG for a constructive meeting and to the hosts for such nice facilities.


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