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WHO-Family of International Classifications
WHO-Family of International Classifications in Australia
The WHO Family of International Classifications (WHO-FIC) consists of a suite of classifications with utility in a range of settings in the health field across the world.
The WHO-FIC is comprised of classifications that have been prepared by the World Health Organization (WHO), or other groups on its behalf, and approved by the WHO-FIC Network and the WHO governing body,the World Health Assembly (WHA).
The WHO-FIC is made up of three types of 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, available from the Strategic Documents section of the WHO website. This paper also provides a protocol to those wishing to submit a classification for inclusion in the WHO-FIC.
More information on the WHO-FIC classifications can be found on the WHO website.
The WHO-FIC is maintained by the Network of Collaborating Centres.
Ensuring the WHO-FIC classifications remain current is a significant task. The WHO Update and Revision committee oversee this process and approve all changes made to the ICD and ICF classifications, ensuring all the changes:
To facilitate the update and revision process, the WHO supports an ICD update platform and an ICF update platform. These online platforms:
Information on the update process and how you can provide comment on the update proposals can be found in the ICD user guide or ICF user guide.