In July 2010, the Health Economics Department at Gesundheit Österreich / Austrian Public Health Institute was designated by the World Health Organization (WHO) a WHO Collaborating Centre (WHO CC) for Pharmaceutical Pricing and Reimbursement Policies.
In June 2014, the Department was re-designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre for another four years. Since Sept. 2016 the Centre is located at the Pharmacoeconomic Department of the Austrian Public Health Institute (GÖG).
The designation builds on the expertise which the staff in the Pharmacoeconomic Department has gained during the last two decades on improving access to affordable medicines. This was mainly achieved through international or European projects and networks, in particular PPRI and PHIS.
With this designation, WHO acknowledges the research and networking done by the Austrian Public Health Institute in the field of pharmaceutical policies and endorses an expansion of this knowledge for further countries worldwide.
The WHO Collaborating Centre for Pharmaceutical Pricing and Reimbursement Policies one out of four Collaborating Centres in Austria (July 2017).
For further information about the concept of WHO Collaborating Centres (e.g. role, functions, management) see http://www.who.int/collaboratingcentres/en/ .