WHO Good Reliance Practices

The aim of this course is to provide an introduction to WHO Good Reliance Practices (GRelP) and to advocate for the use of reliance in the regulatory oversight of medical products. It is intended for staff from National Regulatory Authorities and all relevant stakeholders interested in using reliance.

Please note: These materials were launched on 26/10/2022

Language: English
Not disease specific

Course information

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Strong regulatory systems for medical products are a critical element of well-functioning health systems and important contributors to improving access, and ultimately achieving universal health coverage. The objectives of WHO in the area of regulatory system strengthening are to:

  • build regulatory capacity in Member States consistent with good regulatory practices;
  • promote regulatory cooperation, convergence and transparency through networking, work-sharing and reliance.

Reliance is an effective way of regulating medical products through using global resources more efficiently.

About the course

The course will:

  • introduce WHO Good Reliance Practices (GRelP);
  • outline the main principles of reliance;
  • advocate for the use of reliance in the regulatory oversight of medical products; and
  • promote the good reliance principles.

The course is primarily designed for staff from National Regulatory Authorities. It is also intended for all stakeholders involved – including those from industry, academia, governments, and policy makers.

Course duration

Approximately 30 minutes.


A Record of Achievement certificate will be available to participants who score at least 80% in the final assessment. Participants who receive a Record of Achievement can also download an Open Badge for this course. Click here to learn how.

What you'll learn

  • explain what reliance is;
  • state the main principles of reliance;
  • describe the key concepts and general considerations for reliance;
  • recognize how reliance can be used for the regulatory oversight of medical products;
  • identify challenges and opportunities for reliance.

Course contents

  • Course introduction:

    Welcome to this course on WHO good reliance practices.
  • Module 1: What is reliance?

  • Module 2: The 6 high-level principles of WHO GRelP

  • Module 3: Key concepts

  • Module 4: Examples of the use of reliance

  • Module 5: Potential barriers and enablers of reliance

  • Assessment:

    There are 10 questions in this quiz-based assessment. The questions are a recap of the content covered in Modules 1 to 5. You must score 80% to pass.

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Certificate Requirements

  • Gain a Record of Achievement by earning at least 80% of the maximum number of points from all graded assignments.