WTO Agreements & Public Health

This publication is a joint study by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Trade Organization Secretariat on the relationship between trade rules and public health.


The 171-page study explains how WTO agreements relate to different aspects of health policies. It gives an insight into key issues for those who develop, communicate or debate policy issues related to trade and health. The study covers areas such as drugs and intellectual property rights, food safety, tobacco and many other issues which have been subject to passionate debate. In this joint effort, the first of its kind, WHO and the WTO Secretariat endeavour to set out the facts.

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