National Immunization Technical Advisory Groups (NITAGs): guidance for their establishment and strengthening

Vaccine. 2010 Apr 19:28 Suppl 1:A18-25. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2010.02.027.


The majority of industrialized and some developing countries have formally established national technical advisory bodies to guide immunization policies; other countries are working towards or contemplating the establishment of such bodies. These advisory bodies are often referred to as National Immunization Technical Advisory Groups (NITAGs). A NITAG is a technical resource supplying guidance to national policy makers and programme managers to enable them to make evidence-based immunization related policy and program decisions. The focus of this paper is to: (1) review the value and functions of a NITAG; (2) provide directions and identify issues for countries to consider when establishing or improving the functioning of a NITAG; and (3) outline potential WHO and partners' roles and activities in support of the establishment and strengthening of NITAGs.

MeSH terms

  • Advisory Committees / organization & administration*
  • Committee Membership
  • Communication
  • Decision Making
  • Health Policy*
  • Immunization / standards*
  • World Health Organization