WHO FCTC Secretariat's Knowledge Hub on Surveillance

WHO FCTC Knowledge Hub on Tobacco Surveillance THL

The National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) functions as WHO FCTC Secretariat's Knowledge Hub on Surveillance, and works to promote the implementation of Article 20 of the WHO FCTC.

The Knowledge Hub supports the Parties to the Convention in their implementation of the WHO FCTC in areas of tobacco surveillance and health-in-all-policies approach.

THL has long experience in public health, including non-communicable disease control and prevention, and promotion of epidemiological surveillance and health-in-all-policies approach. Finland renders strong and long-standing support to the implementation of the WHO FCTC. The Convention was ratified in Finland in 2005.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the establishment of a Knowledge Hub at THL was signed by the Convention Secretariat and THL in December 2013. The Knowledge Hub at THL became operational in 2015.

The Knowledge Hub at THL is one of the seven hubs that serve as collaborative partners to the Convention Secretariat. In addition to tobacco surveillance, the areas of expertise at the established Knowledge Hubs include legal challenges, smokeless tobacco, water pipes, taxation, international cooperation (focused on time-bound measures and tobacco cessation), and Article 5.3 of the Convention.

The Knowledge Hubs analyze, synthesize and disseminate knowledge and information to the Parties to the Convention, and provide assistance to Parties in the implementation of the treaty. The Knowledge Hubs work on matters under their expertise in relation to the Convention, in accordance with Article 22 of the FCTC (Cooperation in the scientific, technical, and legal fields and provision of related expertise).

The Knowledge Hubs are global in the scope of their work, and their work goes beyond the boundaries of the hosting countries, sub-regions and regions. The Knowledge Hub at THL is the only one in Europe, yet the tasks are global.

Parties that wish to receive assistance from the Knowledge Hubs in the respective areas of work should contact the Convention Secretariat fctcsecretariat(at)who.int. The Secretariat will then coordinate with the relevant hub, and other partners if appropriate, to arrange for the required assistance to the Party.

More information about the WHO FCTC Secretariat's Knowledge Hubs is available on the FCTC website

To find out more about the implementation and requirements of Article 20 of the WHO FCTC, please visit the information section of our website.  

About THL

THL is the flagship academic institution in Finland in the area of health and welfare. The institute is an independent expert agency that operates under the auspices of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. 

THL is the principle national statistic authority in the field of health and welfare in Finland. THL participates in national and international surveys and projects related to the epidemiology of tobacco use, and in the development, guidance and follow-up of tobacco control policies. THL studies population health and welfare, effectiveness of health and welfare policies and services, environmental health as well as social problems. It collects and produces information on the state of health care and welfare, on social and health services as well as on diseases and their treatment.

THL develops and provides expert assistance to decision-makers and social and health care service providers in Finland and abroad. THL’s expertise draws on high-quality research, extensive statistics and registers, and knowledge of our interest groups’ needs. Partners and stakeholders of the institute include decision-makers on government and municipal levels, organisations and actors in the health and welfare sector, the research community, and the public.

In addition, THL guides and provides government services in the field of social and health care and is responsible for official duties under its purview.

Further information about THL and its functions and activities is available on THL's international website.