Collaborating centres

WHO collaborating centres

Over 700 institutions in over 80 countries supporting WHO programmes

WHO collaborating centres are institutions such as research institutes, parts of universities or academies, which are designated by the Director-General to carry out activities in support of the Organization's programmes. Currently there are over 700 WHO collaborating centres in over 80 Member States working with WHO on areas such as nursing, occupational health, communicable diseases, nutrition, mental health, chronic diseases and health technologies.


Definition, history, functions and management.

Networks of WHO collaborating centres

Working together to coordinate activities and benefit from a global perspective.

WHO collaborating centres database

The official list of and source of information on the WHO collaborating centres.

Information for WHO collaborating centres

Administrative and legal information for proposed institutions

Case Studies

Examples of what WHO collaborating centres do.

Useful documents


On 1/Jun/2017, the National Research Center for Audiology and Hearing Rehabilitation, Moscow, Russian Federation has been designated as a WHO collaborating centre for ear and hearing care. More information

On 1/Jun/2017, the Department for Evidence Based Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology, University for Continuing Education Krems – Danube University Krems, Krems an der Donau, Austria has been designated as a WHO Collaborating Center for evidence-based medicine. More information

On 12/Jun/2017, the Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Prevention Institute (EBPI), University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland, has been designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre on Physical Activity for Health. More information