The World Health Organization (WHO) states regarding these guidelines,
"Health worker migration has been increasing worldwide over the past decades, especially from lower income countries with already fragile health systems. To address this challenge, the WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel was adopted by the 63rd World Health Assembly on 21 May 2010. This groundbreaking instrument marks the first time that WHO Member States have used the constitutional authority of the Organization to develop a code in thirty years.
The Code aims to establish and promote voluntary principles and practices for the ethical international recruitment of health personnel and to facilitate the strengthening of health systems. Member States should discourage active recruitment of health personnel from developing countries facing critical shortages of health workers. The Code was designed by Member States to serve as a continuous and dynamic framework for global dialogue and cooperation."