The forty-first meeting of the Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD) will be held in Geneva, Switzerland, 12-16 November 2018. 

Substances to be reviewed

CANNABIS AND CANNABIS‐RELATED SUBSTANCES

  • Cannabis plant and resin
  • Extracts and tinctures of cannabis
  • Delta‐9‐Tetrahydrocannabinol
  • Isomers of THC

SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS

  • ADB‐FUBINACA
  • FUB‐AMB(MMB‐FUBINACA_AMB‐FUBINACA)
  • ADB‐CHMINACA
  • CUMYL‐4CN‐BINACA

FENTANYLS

  • Cyclopropyl fentanyl
  • Methoxyacetyl fentanyl
  • Ortho‐fluorofentanyl
  • Parafluoro butyrfentanyl
  • Paramethoxybutyrfentanyl

(METH)CATHINONE

  • N‐ethylnorpentylone

MEDICINES

  • Tramadol
  • Pregabalin

Open Session

WHO Expert Committee meetings are closed to the public, however individuals or representatives of public and private institutions and civil society who wish to present information to committee members on issues related to the meeting agenda are invited to apply to attend the Open Session on Monday, 12th November from 9:00-12:00 at the WHO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland . 

It is an opportunity for individuals and partners external to the WHO to listen to an update on current and future activities of the ECDD Secretariat, and to provide comment (either in person or through a written statement) on issues on the ECDD agenda. Individuals may participate in the Open Session in several ways:

    • Presenting at the meeting in person
    • Sending a pre-recorded video presentation
    • Sending a written statement for the consideration of the Committee
    • Observing the meeting in person

Requests to register

Participation in the Open Session is by registration only. Due to the high volume of interest in attending Open Session meetings, individuals who would like to attend the meeting are requested to register their interest at the link below. 

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST HERE 

One request must be completed for each individual wishing to attend. All requests will be considered, and registration details will be sent to successful candidates after all submissions are received. Successful requests for presentations will be allocated approx. 5-10 minutes at the meeting to present. 

Please be aware that there are a limited number of time slots available for presentations, therefore the ECDD Secretariat may not be able to accommodate all requests. Please further note that any expenses incurred as a result of participation in the open session are entirely the responsibility of the attendee. Therefore participation through video presentations and live video links is encouraged. 

Representation from low and middle income countries is particularly welcome. English is the working language of the ECDD meetings, but presenters who wish to present in other language may provide their own translation services (e.g. through English subtitles on videos)

Deadline for registration

The deadline for registration is 22nd October.