France and the International Health Regulations (IHR) (November 2013)


The International Health Regulations (IHR) are a legally binding reference instrument for global public health. This fact sheet details the background and the operation of the IHR, but also the international community’s commitments and the French intervention thrusts in this field.

Health risks are increasing as a result of expanding travel and trade against the backdrop of globalization. The re-emergence of infectious diseases and industrial accidents are among examples of cross-border threats to health. France supports the full application of the International Health Regulations (IHR) as the reference instrument for global health security.