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


On 9/Oct/2017, the National Rehabilitation Centre, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates has been designated as a WHO collaborating centre for substance use prevention and treatment of substance use disorders. More information

On 20/Sep/2017, the Department of “Control de Muestras y Servicios”, Instituto de Diagnóstico y Referencia Epidemiológicos (InDRE) “Dr. Manuel Martínez Báez”, Ministry of Health, Mexico City, Mexico has been designated as a WHO Collaborating Center on Laboratory Biosafety. More information

On 14/Sep/2017, the Surgery Unit, Hospital services, Medical group, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai, India, has been designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre for research on surgical care delivery in low and middle income countries. More information