Title of the centre:
WHO Collaborating Centre for Water Quality
Director / Head:
Dr. John Cooper
Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch; Water, Air and Climate Change Bureau
269 Laurier Ave West, A.L. 4903A
(613) 948 2568
(613) 952 2574
Date of Designation:
Terms of Reference:
- To support the development of internationally-recognized norms and standards by participating in the continuing process of revising the WHO Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality and the revision of the WHO Guidelines for Safe Recreational-water Environments and the Guidelines for the safe use of wastewater, excreta and greywater as a designated member of WHO's standing committee(s) of technical coordinators.
- To contribute to the development of internationally-recognized norms and standards for drinking water quality by preparing human health risk assessments of microbiological, chemical (including pesticides) and radiological contaminants, as well as physical parameters, and developing appropriate monitoring indicators for the quality of drinking water, recreational water and wastewater/greywater.
- To contribute to the development of internationally-recognized norms and standards for drinking water quality by providing and preparing or reviewing guideline and guidance documents on issues and concerns related to drinking-water quality.
- To participate in knowledge transfer by (1) sharing information and data on laboratory-related water research in Canada, including investigations on analytical and treatment methodologies, occurrence and human exposure; and (2) providing public information on drinking water, recreational water and wastewater/greywater, through symposia, workshops and publications.
- To participate in the development of international health-based performance standards for drinking water materials and to review such standards to determine the safety and effectiveness of using technologies that meet the standards for treating drinking water.
- To help identify possible technical and scientific advisors for WHO assignments to address issues related to drinking water, recreational water and wastewater/greywater, at a global level.
- In collaboration with Health Canada’s First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB), to support the functions and operations of WHO Networks, including the International Network on Small Community Water Supply Management and the International Network of Drinking-water Regulators.
- In collaboration with FNIHB, to support the development and publication of internationally-recognized guidance on the management of small community water supplies, including (1) a Water Safety Plan “how to manual” for small community water supplies, for application in developed and developing countries around the world; (2) WSP case studies from small community water supplies and good practices and lessons learned identified from those case studies.
9 - In collaboration with FNIHB, to develop a generic risk assessment tool for small community water supplies for use in developed and developing country context around the world.
10 - Through participation in WHO-led international networks, assist in raising the profile of specific areas of concern, such as small community water supplies, and the development of internationally-recognized guidance and tools to better protect public health as it relates to those areas.
- Water & sanitation
Types of activity:
- Product development (guidelines; manual; methodologies; etc.)
- Providing technical advise to WHO
WHO organization wide expected result:
8.1 - Evidence-based assessments made, and norms and standards formulated and updated on major environmental hazards to health (e.g., poor air quality, chemical substances, electromagnetic fields, radon, poor-quality drinking-water and waste-water reuse)
DE FRANCE Jennifer
+41 22 79 11540
TEIXEIRA Paulo F. Piza
Access to annual progress reports and the current workplan (this is accessible to WHO Staff Members only):
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