Health workforce

User’s Guide to the WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel

Publication details

Number of pages: 44
Publication date: January 2011
Languages: English
WHO reference number: WHO/HSS/HRH/HMR/2010.2



The Code aims to establish and promote voluntary principles and practices for the ethical international recruitment of health personnel and to facilitate the strengthening of health systems. It was designed by Member States to serve as a continuous and dynamic framework for global dialogue and cooperation.

This User’s Guide aims to provide a concise overview of the Code and to help readers understand its content. It explains the context in which it has been developed and teases out its main messages. It targets all stakeholders concerned with or interested in the international recruitment of health personnel. The Guide provides a simple and user-friendly introduction; readers are encouraged to refer to the Code itself for a fuller understanding of its recommendations.