When can an institution be a WHO collaborating center?

After at least two years of successful collaboration with WHO in carrying out jointly planned activities, and if warranted by WHO technical program requirements, WHO may propose to formalize a successful collaborative relationship by designating an eligible institution as a WHO CC.


Can single entity institutes apply for designation to be a WHO collaborating center?

No. Formally established institutions that may be eligible for designation include parts of universities, research institutes, hospitals or academies. A designation is normally limited to the specific department, division, laboratory, unit or other part that collaborates with WHO.


What are the eligibility criteria for designation as a WHO CC?

Some of these criteria can be: high scientific and technical standing at national and international levels; prominent place in the country's health, scientific or educational structures; high quality of scientific and technical leadership, and sufficient number of staff with high-level qualifications; and stability in terms of personnel, activity and funding.


How long is the designation period with WHO? 

The first period of designation starts on the date indicated in the official letter of designation from WHO to the institution and ends exactly four years later. At the end of the period of designation, the institution automatically ceases to be a WHO CC. For example, if an institution has been designated on 20 June 2009, its designation will automatically expire on 20 June 2013.


What are the responsibilities of WHO CC?

Some of these responsibilities are highlighted below as:

a) implement the agreed work plan in a timely manner and to the highest possible standards of quality, and bring to the attention of the WHO responsible officer any issue that may affect the implementation of the work plan; b) comply with the terms and conditions for WHO collaborating centers, and abide by relevant WHO regulations and policies; c) submit annual progress reports via WHO's global electronic processing system eCC when requested to do so on the annual anniversary of the designation date;

d) discuss any possibility of a redesignation with the WHO responsible officer at least six months before the end of the current designation. 


What kind of information should be provided to WHO before designation?

Before being designated or re-designated, each institution must provide information to WHO about its interactions with the commercial private sector in the relevant sections of the designation or re-designation form. Where interactions are identified, this information includes details of any contributors; their business interests; the activities, research, staff and posts concerned; and any other details or clarification that WHO may reasonably require.


Is there a limitation to the use of WHO name and emblem?

The WHO name, emblem and flag can only be used by WHO CCs after the Director-General has authorized the proposed use. Authorization is given on a case-by-case basis; this means each time the institution intends to use the WHO name, emblem or flag for a specific purpose, a request must be made to WHO to obtain authorization.

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