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The International Health Regulations (2005) of the World Health Organisations (WHO) have been accepted under objectives of preventing, fighting and controlling the spread of diseases that present public health threats. The rules of the Health Regulations have statutory force in the form for which Finland has bonded itself.
Undersigning governments of the Agreement are, e.g., to name the harbours authorized to issue certificates on sanitation control, or certificates on exemption from sanitation control for ships. A certificate shall be valid for six months, but one issued by an authorized harbour on exemption from sanitation control can be granted an additional extended period of one month. Undersigning governments are to provide WHO with a list of named harbours.
On the part of Finland, Valvira names the harbours as required by the Health Regulation that are authorized to issue certificates on sanitation control and on exemption from sanitation control for ships.
Municipal health protection authorities will carry out the inspections and issue the above-mentioned certificates in their regions of authority.