[Ip-health] Nine civil society groups write WHO Executive Board about conflict of interest on WHO R&D Financing group

thiru at keionline.org thiru at keionline.org
Thu Jan 20 08:49:48 PST 2011


http://keionline.org/node/1063

Nine civil society groups write WHO Executive Board about conflict of
interest on WHO R&D Financing group

By James Love
Created 20 Jan 2011 - 10:33am

On January 20, 2011, 9 civil society organizations sent a letter [1] to
the WHO Executive Board registering an objection to the selection of Dr.
Paul Herrling of Novartis to the WHO Consultative Expert Working Group
on Research and Development: Financing and Coordination. The groups
signing the letter were:

CIDEPRO
Déclaration de Berne - Berne Declaration
HAI Europe
HAI Global
Health GAP (Global Access Project)
Knowledge Ecology International
Médecins Sans Frontières, Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines
Oxfam International
Third World Network
The text of the letter follows:

20 January 2011
TO: Dr. Mihaly Kökény, Chairman, WHO Executive Board

CC: Dr. Paulo Buss, Vice-Chairman, WHO Executive Board

The undersigned organizations oppose the appointment of Novartis
executive Dr Paul Herrling to the new WHO Consultative Expert Working
Group (CEWG) on R&D Financing. In collaboration with Novartis and the
industry trade association IFPMA, Dr Herrling is the author of the Fund
for R&D in Neglected Diseases (FRIND) proposal. Dr. Herrling is also the
co-author of the PDP Plus proposal. The CEWG is expected to evaluate the
FRIND and the PDP Plus proposals. The appointment of Dr. Herrling
creates a conflict of interest. We note that a conflict of interest may
exist even if no unethical or improper act results from it, and also
that both actual and perceived conflicts of interest can undermine the
reputation and work of the CEWG.

Sincerely,

CIDEPRO
Déclaration de Berne -Berne Declaration
HAI Europe
HAI Global
Health GAP (Global Access Project)
Knowledge Ecology International
Médecins Sans Frontières, Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines
Oxfam International
Third World Network

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