Warning to the public about unauthorized use of WHO’s name and emblem

The World Health Organization (WHO) does not endorse or accredit commercial entities, products or services.

WHO's name and emblem are protected and may not be used without the prior written authorization of the Director-General of WHO. In no circumstances may WHO's name or emblem be used to imply WHO support of commercial interests.

WHO has become aware of unauthorized use of WHO’s name and emblem by commercial entities and other institutions in connection with themselves and in connection with commercial products and services. WHO would like to alert the community at large about these fraudulent and misleading practices.

In particular, the WHO Kobe Centre has received enquiries from the public concerning an entity referring to itself as the "World Health Organization Japan Foundation" or “WHO Japan Foundation”. WHO is not associated with this entity in any way. Moreover, WHO does not endorse or support in any way the product and services endorsement scheme established by WHO Japan Foundation.

To enable WHO to take appropriate action, WHO would be grateful for information from the public concerning any commercial entities purporting to be associated with WHO. References on websites or communications from commercial entities purporting to be associated with WHO or, more specifically, the WHO Kobe Centre, should be reported to the following email addresses: scamreport@who.int or wkc@who.int.

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