A network of international collaborating centres, including UMC, brings strength and diversity to the WHO Programme.
In the 1960s, WHO set up a pilot project in collaboration with a small group of countries. This later became the WHO Programme for International Drug Monitoring. In 1978 the WHO Collaborating Centre for International Drug Monitoring took over the operational activities of the Programme in Uppsala. The centre adopted the field name, Uppsala Monitoring Centre (UMC) in the 1990s.
There are four other WHO Collaborating Centres working in pharmacovigilance. In addition to UMC in Sweden, there are Collaborating Centres in Ghana, Morocco, the Netherlands, and Norway.