Collaborating centres

Networks of WHO collaborating centres

In January 2000, the Executive Board urged the Member States to make full use of WHO collaborating centres as sources of information, services and expertise, and to strengthen their own national capacity for training, research and collaboration for health development. At the same time, it encouraged centres to develop working relations with other centres and national institutions recognized by WHO, in particular by setting up or joining collaborative networks with WHO's support.

Networks of collaborating centres have been created in many technical areas. For examples please see the following links:

"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 12/Jan/2016, the Institute of Nursing Science and Practice, Paracelsus Medical University, Salzburg, Austria has been designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing Research and Education. More information

On 12/Jan/2016, the Mill Hill Laboratory, The Francis Crick Institute, London, UK has been designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza. More information

On 12/Jan/2016, the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK has been designated as a WHO Collaborative Centre for Foreign Medical Teams and emergency capacity building . More information