By definition, a WHO collaborating centre is an institution designated by the Director-General of WHO to form part of an inter-institutional collaborative network set up by WHO in support of its programme at the country, intercountry, regional, interregional and global levels, as appropriate.
In line with the WHO policy and strategy of technical cooperation, a WHO collaborating centre must also participate in the strengthening of country resources, in terms of information, services, research and training, in support of national health development. Institutions that show the capacity to fulfill a function or functions relevant to the Organization's programme and objectives, and institutions of high scientific and technical standing that have already attained international recognition may qualify for designation as WHO collaborating centres. Currently there are over 800 WHO collaborating centres in over 80 Member States.
For more information on WHO collaborating centres, and how to become one:
WHO Collaborating Centres - General Information
WHO Collaborating Centres - Fact Sheet
WHO Collaborating Centres - Global Database