TRIPS: SPECIAL COMPULSORY LICENCES FOR EXPORT OF MEDICINES
TRIPS and public health: notifications
The 30 August 2003 WTO decision on the Implementation of Paragraph 6 of the Doha Declaration on the TRIPS Agreement and Public Health calls for the establishment of a dedicated page on the WTO website, in particular to make publicly available certain notifications made by members in using the “Paragraph 6” system established under the decision. These notifications can be accessed through this webpage.
WTO members on 6 December 2005 approved changes to the WTO’s intellectual property (TRIPS) agreement to make permanent the decision on patents and public health. The amendment was formally built into the TRIPS Agreement on 23 January 2017 after two thirds of the WTO’s members accepted the Protocol amending the TRIPS Agreement. It replaces the 2003 waiver for members who have accepted the amendment, but the notification requirements will not change.
Notifications back to top
WTO members wishing to make use of the “Paragraph 6” system are required to make the following notifications:
- Notifications by importing members
Notifications by WTO members of their intention to use the system established by the decision as an importer and of their intention to effect specific imports under the system.
- Notifications by exporting members
Notifications by WTO members of the grant of compulsory licences for export.
Texts of the Doha Declaration on the TRIPS Agreement and Public Health and related decisions back to top
WTO members have adopted the following instruments on TRIPS and public health. The full list is here