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

"In everything we do, WHO relies on the expertise of hundreds of formal WHO Collaborating Centres, in your countries, and thousands of the best brains in science, medicine, and public health, in your countries. They give us their time freely and it is my strong impression that they do so with pride."
Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General, address to the Sixty-fourth World Health Assembly, 16 May 2011

Dr Margaret Chan


On 01/Oct/2015, the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada has been designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Governance, Transparency and Accountability in the Pharmaceutical Sector. More information

On 08/Oct/2015 the Cuban Centre for Classification of Diseases (CECUCE), National Direction of Medical Records and Health Statistics, Ministry of Public Health of Cuba, Havana City, Cuba has been designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre for the WHO Familiy of International Classifications. More information

On 21/Oct/2015, the Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, USA has been designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Capacity Building and Training in Global Mental Health. More information