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.

"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


Definition, history, functions and management.


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

Case studies

Examples of what WHO collaborating centres do.

Figures and statistics

By country, region or subject.


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.


On 12/Mar/2014 the Centre for Biomedical Ethics, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore, has been designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Bioethics. More information

On 10/Mar/2014, the Clinical Health Promotion Centre, Bispebjerg University Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark, has been designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Evidence-based Health promotion in Hospitals and Health Services. More information

On 04/Mar/2014, the Radiation Protection Division, Federal Office of Public Health, Bern, Switzerland has been designated as a WHO Collaborating Center for Radiation Protection and Public Health. More information