WHO Collaborating Centres
A WHO collaborating centre is an institution designated by the Director-General of WHO to form part of an international collaborative network carrying out activities in support of the Organization’s programme at all levels.
Role of WHO collaborating centres:
- contribute to implementing WHO’s programme priorities, in close coordination with the units concerned in WHO’s six Regional Offices and at headquarters;
- strengthen institutional capacity in countries and regions.
Functions of WHO collaborating centres:
- collection and dissemination of information;
- standardization of terminology and nomenclature, of technology, of diagnostic, therapeutic and prophylactic substances, and of methods and procedures;
- development, application and evaluation of appropriate technology;
- provision of reference substances and of services such as quality assurance;
- participation in collaborative research developed under WHO’s leadership, including the planning, conduct, monitoring and evaluation of research, and the promotion of the application of its results;
- education and training, including research training;
- coordination of activities carried out by several institutions on a given subject;
- provision of information and advice on scientific, technical and policy issues.
For further details on WHO CCs, please refer to the website: WHO Collaborating Centres