A National Immunization Technical Advisory Group (NITAG) is a body of national experts who empower and advise the national health policy makers and primarily the ministry of health on all topics related to vaccines and immunization.
By supporting national authorities to make immunization and vaccine decisions based on evidence, NITAGs empower the government. In particular, they serve to:
The ministry of health formally establishes a NITAG by issuing a decree or the equivalent.
NITAG core members are national senior experts from a broad range of disciplines (pediatricians, epidemiologists, public health experts, health economists, vaccinology experts, social scientists, etc. They should be independent and function in their own capacity; they must not represent a particular interest group or stakeholder. They should be free of conflicts of interest and enjoy satisfactory credibility.
Observers and invited experts can also contribute as ex-officio and liaison members (non core members). In particular, they can participate in discussions and provide background material or evidence but cannot vote.These members may include representatives from:
Provides information, tools, and briefings to NITAGs and the global immunization community to improve evidence-based decision-making on vaccines and immunization at national level.
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