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E-DRUG: WHO review of psychoactive substances for international control
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WHO is proposing a revision of its Guidelines for the WHO review of
psychoactive substances for international control. See: 
http://www.who.int/medicines/areas/quality_safety/guide_proposal/en/index.html 
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Proposal for the Revision of the Guidelines for the WHO Review of Substances

The Guidelines for the WHO review of dependence-producing psychoactive
substances for international control were first developed in 1986. Using the 
experience from the meetings of the Expert Committee on Drug Dependence, these 
Guidelines were updated in 1990, 1994, 1999 and 2000. Proposals for revision 
made to the WHO Executive Board in 2004 and 2005 were rejected by the Board and 
the Board invited the Secretariat to work further on the issue. 

A revision was developed on behalf of the Secretariat for discussion in a
Working Group that convened in May 2007. The Working Group discussed the
draft proposal and the outcome will be submitted to the Executive Board,
presumably to its session in January 2008.

The Working Group consisted of experts, representatives of Member States and 
the WHO Secretariat. Also, a number of invited observers attended.

The draft proposal was made available and these were considered during the
Working Group meeting in May. Several comments were received and discussed
during the meeting. At the moment, the resulting proposal by the Working
Group is open for comments. However, at this stage, margins for further
changes are limited. Comments that will be taken into account will be
restricted mainly to those that signal serious problems that may have been
overlooked so far.

The actual draft guidelines are downloadable at:
http://www.who.int/medicines/areas/quality_safety/Guidelines_proposal_for_ext_comments.pdf
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Comments on the present proposal can be submitted to the secretary until
Wednesday, 29 August 2007 (inclusive). These can be submitted by E-mail:
commentsproposedgl@who.int . The comments will be discussed with the
participants of the Working Group.


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