Essential medicines

Essential medicines are those that satisfy the priority health care needs of the population. They are selected with regard to disease prevalence, evidence on efficacy and safety, and comparative cost-effectiveness.

Since 2009, China has started the reform of the essential medicine system. The essential medicines list (EML) is incorporated into insurance reimbursement lists. China continues to develop its list of essential medicines and the health systems that support it.

WHO work in China

China-WHO Country Cooperation Strategy 2016-2020

WHO China Office-New space for health

Contact information

World Health Organization China Representative Office
401 Dongwai Diplomatic Building,
23 Dongzhimenwai Dajie,
Chaoyang District,
Beijing 100600, PR China
Telephone: +86 10 6532-7189 / 90 / 91 / 92
Fax: +86 10 6532-2359
E-mail: wpchnwr@who.int