WHO-FIC Network Meeting 2018 - 22-27 October 2018, Seoul, Korea

December 06, 2018 by NCCH Admin

WHO Family of International Classifications

A 2018 version was endorsed, to replace the 2007 Family paper. The paper highlights ICD-11, ICF and the developing International Classification of Health Interventions (ICHI). Use of the classifications together, and clearer arrangements for related classifications, are notable features.

Link to paper


The Family Development Committee discussed the role of Personal Factors in the WHO-FIC Family, at the request of the Functioning and Disability Reference Group. FDC noted that many of the personal factors listed in the ICF are in fact covered by other domains of the ICF and ICD, while others are data items outside the scope of WHO-FIC (Age, gender, race, social background). FDC is therefore considering proposing that personal factors should not be classified separately in the ICF.


The ICHI Beta-2 version was released in time for the Seoul meeting.


Richard Madden gave a plenary presentation on ICHI development during the Seoul meeting


Report on the last meeting of the ICD-11 MMS Joint Task Force held in Seoul Korea

Prior to the WHO-FIC Network Annual Meeting and Conference, the International Classification of Diseases, 11th Revision for Mortality and Morbidity Statistics (ICD-11 MMS) Joint Task Force (JTF) met for the last time in Seoul, Korea on 20 October 2018 with an overall objective of finalising an end of mission report. Officially created by the World Health Organization in September 2015, the JTF acted as a steering group providing WHO with strategic and technical advice in order to finalise the ICD-11 MMS development.

The JTF members included experts in mortality and morbidity from around the world that had experience in the application and update of ICD-10 and/or its national modifications. Experts in functioning and disability, primary care and patient safety and quality also participated in meetings as required. Over the three years the JTF met face to face on 10 occasions, with monthly teleconferences held in between the face to face meetings. Minutes of all the face to face meetings can be accessed at: http://www.who.int/classifications/icd/revision/JTFReports/en/

Over the 3 years, the JTF concentrated on issues related to the content within the ICD-11 MMS and its structure, the application of the ICD-11 MMS which informed the development of the Reference Guide and the maintenance and governance structures required as part of the WHO-FIC.

As well as the finalization of the end of mission report, the JTF meeting in Seoul also was used to discuss the following important topics:

  • Transition plans for the maintenance structure of the ICD-11 MMS moving forward
  • Ensuring that there would be WHO-FIC Network continuity/transfer of ICD-11 MMS knowledge gained through membership of the JTF
  • Finalising the ICD-11 MMS Implementation Guidance materials
  • Expectations from WHO-FIC Member States regarding ICD-11 MMS education and training materials and tools.
  • Maintenance of the ICD-11 MMS over the next 3 years
  • How to proceed with ICD-11 MMS in Primary Care settings

The ICD-11 MMS for implementation version was released in June 2018 and can be found at: https://icd.who.int/browse11/l-m/en

Plans are now underway for the ICD-11 MMS to be presented to the World Health Assembly in May 2019.

Vera Dimitropoulos
Co-Director, National Centre for Classification in Health and member of the ICD-11 Joint Task Force

Election of the WHO-FIC Education and Implementation Committee (EIC) Co-Chairs for 2018-2020

As the current EIC Co-Chairs, Huib Ten Napel from the Netherlands and Yukiko Yokobori from Japan have served the maximum two terms, nominations for two new Co-Chairs were required. Prior to the election, Huib and Yukiko were acknowledged for progressing the tasks of EIC over the last four years.

WHO has received two nominations: Vera Dimitropoulos from the Australian Collaborating Centre and Sharon Baker from the Canadian Collaborating Centre. After brief self-introductions, election of Vera and Sharon as EIC Co-Chairs was confirmed by acclamation with a show of hands by voting members, with Nenad Kostanjsek, of WHO, as the polling officer. The new Co-Chairs assumed office at the end of the WHO-FIC Network Annual Meeting held in Seoul, South Korea in October 2018. Filippa Pretty of the Australian Collaborating Centre will assume the role of EIC Secretariat.

The EIC has a very important role in progressing the education and implementation of ICD-11 internationally and of course the use of the WHO Family of International Classifications (FIC) together over coming years. For more information about the WHO-FIC please visit: http://www.who.int/classifications/en/

Information and Technology Committee (ITC)

In the ITC session held on 22nd October, Dr Anupama Ginige presented two case studies related to mapping activities:

  • Application of a rule-based algorithm for creating maps between ICD-10 to ICD-10-AM. Link to slides
  • Use of a hybrid approach that combines rule-based, machine learning and manual techniques to carry out mapping from ACHI and ICHI. Link to slides

Also, starting from the WHO-FIC Seoul, Korea meeting. Anupama Ginige is serving as the secretariat for the Information and Technology Committee.