Title of the centre:
WHO Collaborating Centre for the Family of International Classifications
Director / Head:
Dr Huib ten Napel
Dr Coen H van Gool
Centre for Public Health Forecasting (VTV)
National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)
A. van Leeuwenhoeklaan 9, PO Box 1
+31 30 2744276
+31 30 2744450
Date of Designation:
Terms of Reference:
- Promotion of WHO-FIC:
To promote the development and use of members of the WHO Family of International Classifications (WHO-FIC) including the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD), the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), and other derived and related classifications; and to contribute to their implementation and improvement in the light of practical experience by multiple parties as a common language.
- Development and maintenance of WHO-FIC structure:
To contribute to the development of methodologies for the use of the WHO-FIC members in order to facilitate the measurement of health states, interventions and outcomes on a sufficiently consistent and reliable basis and to permit comparisons within countries over time and within and between countries at the same point in time. This includes the creation of comparable lists, correspondence tables and comparability studies.
- WHO-FIC Network participation:
To support the work of the various committees and work- and reference groups established to assist WHO in the development, testing, implementation, use, improvement, updating and revision of members of the WHO-FIC including: WHO-FIC Council, Committees and their Work Groups, Reference Groups and their Work Groups; establishment of a European WHO-FIC Network in cooperation with WHO-Euro and other european Collaborating Centres.
- Study of classification aspects:
To study aspects related to the structure, interpretation and application of members of the WHO-FIC including those concerning taxonomy, linguistics, terminology and nomenclature.
- Networking and reference centre:
To network with current and potential users of the WHO-FIC members and act as a reference centre; to prepare members of the WHO-FIC and other relevant materials in the Dutch language and to act as a reference centre for that language on all matters related to the WHO-FIC; to provide support to existing and potential users of the WHO-FIC and of the data thus derived in Dutch-speaking countries.
- Teaching and training:
To stimulate the preparation of teaching materials and to organize and conduct training courses on the implementation and use of the WHO-FIC; to contribute to the development of common international training tools and Internet-based applications by preparing translations and adaptations of the tools.
- Quality assurance:
To participate in the quality assurance procedures of the WHO-FIC classifications regarding norms for use, training and data collection and application rules.
To present periodic reports of the Centre's activities to the annual meetings of WHO FIC Network.
To present information regarding WHO-FIC members to all (potential) users.
- Classifications of diseases
Types of activity:
- Standardization of terminology and nomenclature
WHO organization wide expected result:
10.5 - Better knowledge and evidence for health decision-making assured through consolidation and publication of existing evidence, facilitation of knowledge generation in priority areas, and global leadership in health research policy and coordination, including with regard to ethical conduct.
KOSTANJSEK Nenad Friedrich Ivan
+41 22 79 13242
LOYOLA ELIZONDO Enrique Gerardo
Access to annual progress reports and the current workplan (this is accessible to WHO Staff Members only):
Link to eWork