TRIPS AND PUBLIC HEALTH
Members accepting amendment of the TRIPS
members on 6 December 2005 approved
changes to the WTO’s intellectual property (TRIPS) agreement making
permanent a decision on patents and public health originally adopted in
2003. This will now be formally built into the TRIPS Agreement when two
thirds of the WTO’s members have accepted the change.
They originally set themselves until 1 December 2007 to do this. The latest General Council decision of 26 November 2013 (document WT/L/899)
extended the deadline to 31 December 2015.
two thirds of members have formally accepted it, the amendment will take
effect in those members and will replace the
2003 waiver for them. For each of the remaining members: the waiver
will continue to apply until that member accepts the amendment and it