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 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