The World Health Assembly is the supreme decision-making body for WHO, supported in its work by the Executive Board.

Within the European Region, the WHO Regional Committee for Europe fulfils a similar role. Representatives of each Member State in the European Region meet every year in September. At these meetings, the Member States formulate regional policies, recommend and supervise WHO/Europe's activities, and approve the budget.

The Standing Committee of the Regional Committee (SCRC) acts for and represents the Regional Committee and ensures that effect is given to its decisions and policies. The SCRC advises the Regional Committee on questions referred to it by that body and counsels the Regional Director as and when appropriate between sessions of the Regional Committee. The SCRC reports to the Regional Committee on its work.