COUNCIL FOR INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS OF MEDICAL SCIENCES
Associate partner of UNESCO - in official relations with WHO.
The Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS) is an international, non-governmental, non-profit organization established jointly by WHO and UNESCO in 1949. CIOMS represents a substantial proportion of the biomedical scientific community through its member organizations, which include many of the biomedical disciplines, national academies of sciences and medical research councils. CIOMS mission is to advance public health through guidance on health research including ethics, medical product development and safety.
A broad range of drug safety topics are covered by CIOMS via working groups. Senior scientists from regulatory authorities, pharmaceutical industry and academia join together in order to develop consensus guidelines within areas such as international reporting of adverse drug reactions (ADRs) e.g. CIOMS I reporting form, periodic drug safety update summaries and development safety update report, core clinical safety information on drugs, terminology of ADRs, standardised MedDRA queries and pharmacogenetics.
There have also been joint working groups together with the World Health Organization covering drug development research and pharmacovigilance in resource-poor countries and vaccine pharmacovigilance.