Designation of national authority for the implementation of the WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel
Pursuant to Article 7.3 of this Code, Member States should designate, for purposes of international communication, a national authority responsible for the exchange of information regarding health personnel migration and the implementation of the Code. The designated national authority should be authorized to communicate directly or, as provided by national law or regulations, with designated national authorities of other Member States and with the WHO Secretariat and other regional and international organizations concerned, and to submit reports and other information to the WHO Secretariat.
The Code does not specify the type of organization that should serve as the national authority and each Member State may designate the organization it believes can best fulfil the role. It is recommended that such organization have a strong interest in health workforce issues, be sustainable, and possess adequate information technology communications means. It is also recommended that each Member State designate an already existing institution to serve as the national authority, such as a ministry, regulatory body or observatory, rather than creating an entirely new institutional mechanism.
A note verbale was sent to all Member States in January 2011 to request them to provide the name and contact information concerning the designated national authority to the WHO Secretariat using the word template available to download below.
Each Member State is asked to email the completed designation form to: email@example.com and the filename name should follow the format: countryname_nationalauthority.pdf. In order to prepare for proper orientation of national authorities for the tasks at hand, Member States are requested to provide these details via e-mail no later than 30 June 2011.