Author contributions to WHO Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD) Pre-Reviews of Cannabis-Related Substances Request for proposal

Reference: HQ/HIS/EMP/IAU/2017/004
Beneficiary countries: Switzerland
Published on: 09-Nov-2017
Deadline on: 19-Nov-2017 18:00 (GMT 0.00) Western Europe Time, London, Lisbon, Casablanca


MODIFICATIONS ON 9 November 2017:

One paragraph General instructions added on the Description;

Two documents added (RFP acknowledgement form and cover letter);

Two documents removed (10.RFP Proposal Completeness Form.pdf ;11.RFP Questions from Bidders.xls and 1.40th ECDD Proposal Cover Letter.pdf ).



- The Intention to Bid (sending Acknowledgement form to ecddsecretariat@who.int) date is postponed from 5.11.2017 to to 12.11.2017.

- The closing date for submission of proposals is postponed from 12.11 to 19.11.2017 at 18:00 (Geneva time)




Purpose of the work

In the 50 years since its first meeting in 1949, the WHO Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD) has played a central role in the international drug control system. Its main task is to carry out medical and scientific evaluations of the abuse liability of dependence-producing drugs falling within the terms of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs and the 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances. It then makes recommendations to the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs on the control measures, if any, that it considers appropriate. The Expert Committee's reports are published by WHO in its authoritative Technical Report Series. 

At the 38th ECDD meeting in 2016, the Committee requested that the Secretariat prepare pre- review documentation on cannabis-related substances to be evaluated at a special 40th ECDD meeting dedicated to cannabis and its component substances.  The cannabis-related substances to be reviewed are:

  • Cannabis plant and cannabis resin
  • Extracts and tinctures of cannabis
  • Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)
  • Isomers of THC

Further information on the work of the ECDD can be found here: http://www.who.int/medicines/access/controlled-substances/ecdd/en/


Work to be performed

The WHO is requesting proposals from authors for pre-reviews relating to the chemistry, toxicology, pharmacology, epidemiology, and therapeutic use of cannabis-related substances.


Added on 9.11.2017:

General instructions

All further related to this Request for Proposals can be found in the attached documents.

A completed application should include the following mandatory forms in addition to a proposal that outlines the intended Approach/Methodology, Timeline, and Financial Proposal/Acceptance Form:

  • Acknowledgment form

  • Declaration of Interest form

  • Confidentiality of Undertaking form


Further information can be found in the attached annexes.