The main WHO contact point for the Centre is the Division of Noncommunicable Diseases and Promoting Health through the Life-course at the WHO Regional Office for Europe in Copenhagen, Denmark. The Centre predominantly works to support the Programme for Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity and the WHO European Office for Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases(WHO Office Moscow, Russian Federation).
In addition, the Centre has been providing support to the Department of Chronic Diseases and Health Promotion of the WHO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, in its endeavors to promote physical activity at the global level, e.g. by supporting research for the update of the new WHO global guidelines on physical activity and sedentary behavior.
In its support capacity for WHO in coordinating the EU Physical Activity Focal Point Network, the Centre has also been working with the Sport Unit of the Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission (DG EAC) since 2014.
Nationally, the WHO CC reports to the Unit for Cardiovascular Diseases, Diabetes and Noncommunicable Diseases (Referat Herz-Kreislauferkrankungen, Diabetes, Nicht übertragbare Krankheiten) of the German Federal Ministry of Health.
The Centre also engages in regular exchange and joint activities with other WHO Collaborating Centres working in the field of public health and physical activity promotion. It is part of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center Plus Network for Healthy Ageing (WHO CC+) and maintains bilateral contacts and partnerships with the following WHO Collaborating Centres across the world:
- WHO Collaborating Centre for Physical Activity, Nutrition and Obesity, University of Sydney
- WHO CC for Physical Activity and Health, University of Zurich
- WHO Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention, Nutrition and Physical Activity, Leibnitz Institut für Präventionsforschung und Epidemiologie, Bremen
- WHO Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health Inequalities, University of Bremen