On 23 November WHO Europe published the results from the 5th annual meeting of the European Regional Verification Commission for Measles and Rubella Elimination (RVC). The RVC examined the 2015 annual status updates submitted by the National Verification Committee in each European country and concluded that, of 53 Member States in the WHO European Region, 24 have so far achieved the measles elimination goal (three more than the previous year). The same number of countries were verified as having eliminated rubella (four more than the previous year). Elimination is defined by the interruption of endemic transmission for at least 36 consecutive months. In addition, 13 countries for measles and 11 for rubella were concluded to have interrupted endemic transmission for between 12 and 36 months, meaning they are on their way to achieving the elimination goal.