Classifications

ICF 2017 Update

The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health was published and officially endorsed by all 191 WHO Member States in the Fifty-fourth World Health Assembly on 22 May 2001 (resolution WHA 54.21). Although the work to produce an updated published text is still ongoing, ICF users can access the updated classification through the ICF Browser.

WHO has designated a number of Collaborating Centres to contribute to the work on the development, dissemination, maintenance and use of the WHO Family of International Classifications to support national and international health information systems, statistics and evidence.

WHO-FIC Network Classifications

The basis for the WHO-FIC and the principles governing the admission of classifications are set out in the paper on the "WHO Family of International Classifications: definition, scope and purpose". This paper also provides a protocol for those wishing to submit a classification for inclusion in the WHO-FIC.

The WHO-FIC Network, a network of WHO Collaborating Centres, NGOs, and selected experts, has been established since 1970 to support WHO’s work on international classifications. The principal role of the WHO-FIC Network is to promote the implementation, use, maintenance, and updating of the WHO reference health classifications. The WHO-FIC Network Collaborating Centres also assist WHO in the revision and development of the reference classifications. The WHO-FIC Strategic Work Plan defines the overall joint work of the WHO-FIC Network. The Collaborating Centres’ tasks are accomplished through adherence to centre-specific work plans and participation in the WHO-FIC Strategic Work Plan.

Collaborating Centres for the WHO Family of International Classifications (WHO-FIC)

WHO works with a network of Collaborating Centres to develop, disseminate, implement, and update the WHO Family of International Classifications to support national and international health information systems, statistics and evidence.

WHO Regional Offices

Each region of the world is served by a WHO Regional Office with the responsibility to support the Member States in the generation and the use of appropriate health information to support decision making, health care delivery, and management of health services at the national and sub-national levels.

Work is progressed through a number of WHO-FIC Committees that conduct their business outside the annual WHO-FIC Network meeting with the support of the Reference Groups. Each reports on progress to the WHO-FIC Network Annual Meeting each year.


Other Information

Page updated on 26 October 2017