FAQ on purchasing, permissions, copyright, licences and translations

How do I get permission to make a translation of a WHO Classification?

To achieve its aims, WHO needs its information to be accessible to the widest possible audience. The Organization therefore welcomes publishing partners in all languages. Several hundred editions of WHO books have been published in more than 40 languages in the past two years.

How do I get permission to reprint WHO materials?

WHO exercises copyright over its information to make sure that it is used in accordance with the Organization's principles. Extracts of WHO information can be used for private study or for educational purposes without permission. Wider use requires permission to be obtained from WHO.

I wish to develop a product that uses a WHO classification. How can I get a licence?

WHO licenses its published material widely, in order to encourage maximum use and dissemination. If you are interested in obtaining a licence (either commercial of non-commercial) from WHO, please click on the links below for more information and the applications procedure.

I would like to purchase a copy of one of the WHO classifications. How can I do this?

The WHO book shop will take orders on line and can provide you with a list of distributors in your country.

How do I find out more about a related classification in the WHO-FIC

Related classifications in the WHO-FIC each have their own regulations for copyright, licensing and translation. Please contact the individual stewards for further information. The contact details are included on the home page for each classification.