WHO AMR collaborating centres

The demand for technical support and specialized expertise to strengthen antimicrobial resistance (AMR) surveillance is increasing rapidly. As a result, the WHO Regional Office for Europe is working closely with collaborating centres (WHO CCs) across the Region. The WHO CCs are regarded as an extended workforce of WHO when it comes to the implementation of specific tasks.

In the WHO European Region, four WHO CCs with a special focus on AMR are combining their strength to provide crucial support to Member States to strengthen their AMR surveillance and develop new training modules, coordinated by the Regional Office.

WHO CC for AMR Epidemiology and Surveillance (Netherlands)

This WHO CC is based in the Centre for Infectious Disease Control of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) in Bilthoven, the Netherlands. Led by Dr Marianne van der Sande and Dr Tjalling Leenstra, it supports the establishment and strengthening of national AMR surveillance networks in Member States in the WHO European Region by providing technical advice on surveillance methodology and technical support on the management, analysis and interpretation of AMR surveillance data.

WHO CC for Capacity Building on AMR Surveillance and Research (Russian Federation)

This WHO CC, led by Professor Roman Kozlov, is based in the Institute of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy of Smolensk State Medical University in Smolensk, Russian Federation. Its collaboration with WHO dates back to 1997, when advice on the issue of AMR in Corynebacterium diphtheriae was requested by WHO-led programmes on the containment of diphtheria in the WHO European Region.

WHO CC for Reference and Research on AMR and Healthcare Associated Infections (United Kingdom)

This WHO CC is based in Public Health England’s Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infections (AMRHAI) Reference Unit, Colindale, London, United Kingdom. Led by Professor Neil Woodford and Dr Nandini Shetty, it is involved in projects to build AMR laboratory capacity in low- and middle-income countries.

WHO CC for AMR Containment (Sweden)

This WHO CC is located in Solna, Sweden, at the Unit for Antibiotics and Infection control, Public Health Agency of Sweden. Led by Dr Sonja Löfmark and Dr Malin Grape, it supports WHO and Member States in the development of the strategic direction of global AMR containment, by supporting integrated work on AMR with a focus on surveillance.