Collaborating Centre for the WHO-FIC in Japan



June 14 (Wed.), 2017 Report on the 1st Management Council Meeting of the WHO-FIC Collaborating Centre in Japan in FY 2017

On June 14, 2017, the WHO-FIC Collaborating Centre in Japan organized the first Management Council meeting in FY 2017 at the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.
The WHO-FIC Collaborating Centre in Japan is entrusted by WHO to contribute to the development, revision, and implementation of the WHO Family ofInternational Classifications (WHO-FIC), particularly the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), and the International Classification of Health Interventions, which help to promote global health. The Centre carries out its activities though the involvement of all stakeholders in Japan (Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, National Institute of Public Health, National Rehabilitation Center for Persons with Disabilities, National Cancer Center, National Center for Global Health and Medicine, National Center for Child Health and Development, Japan Hospital Association/Japan Society of Health Information Management, and Japan Liaison of Oriental Medicine).
At the Management Council meeting, which gathers all members of the Centre, lively discussions were held on the state of development of ICD-11, the Centre’s current activities, and plans for the current fiscal year to further strengthen partnership towards promoting Japan’s contribution to the world.

May 30 (Tue.), 2017 at Fukuracia Tokyo Station Report on the 1st National Conference on ICD-11 in FY 2017

In 2007, Japan hosted the launch of the 11th Revision of ICD. For 10 years after that, Japan has made significant contributions to supporting the revision in terms of scientific, personnel, and financial input through comprehensive national stakeholder engagement.
The development of ICD-11 has now entered the final phase towards its official release in 2018. WHO has reorganized the existing revision structure and established new organizations, including the Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee (MSAC) and other expert groups.
Dr. Naoko Tajima, Professor Emerita of The Jikei University School of Medicine, who served as Chair of the Internal Medicine TAG of the WHO ICD-11 Revision Steering Group, has been appointed as the Co-Chair of the MSAC.
In response to these new developments at WHO, the national conference on ICD-11 was established with leading experts in related fields in Japan. The conference will form a part of the research group on “Development of international statistical classifications that effectively contribute to policy planning in the fields of healthcare and nursing care while taking into account changes in the social structure.” The research is funded by the FY 2017 Health and Labour Sciences Research Grant.

List of Members of the National Conference on ICD-11 (link)

At the conference, information was provided on developments at WHO regarding ICD-11 and on the system for reviewing ICD-11 in Japan. There was a meaningful discussion towards submission of Japan’s proposals on ICD-11. For the review of ICD-11 in this new era of health, there are significant expectations on the role of Japan to provide its expertise. The participants reached an agreement on further enhancing the activities of the conference.

Professor Iimura of Nara Medical University, the research principal investigator, acting as the moderator
Many participants attended, including President Kadowaki of The Japanese Society of Internal Medicine and Dr. Tajima (MSAC Co-Chair)

March 18 (Sat.), 2017 The 6th Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare ICF Symposium

On March 18 (Sat.), 2017, the 6th Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare ICF Symposium was held in Square Kojimachi. The theme of the symposium was “Towards the Use of the Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health,” and the subtitle was “Case Studies on the Specific Uses of the Classification.”
The symposium attracted over 230 participants.
The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) is a classification developed by World Health Organization (WHO). It is a classification of “functioning,” which describes various functions that people need in order to live their lives.
WHO recommends that ICF should be used as an assessment tool in various fields of health, healthcare, and welfare.
In the previous ICF symposiums, we introduced the concept of ICF, its use as a common language across a variety of fields, and explored the use of assistive devices as one of the environmental factors. In this symposium, we listened to the voices of practitioners involved in ongoing research and actual use of ICF in the field, in the hope further expanding the use of ICF.
The speakers gave a lucid account of their experience of using ICF in a variety of specializations. In particular, Mr. Nakamura and Professor Tsutsui, who gave keynote lectures in the first session, articulated the potential of ICF use as well as challenges. There was also a very active exchange of opinions during the panel discussion. It was a very stimulating symposium for the participants. We will prepare a report on the symposium and distribute materials on the website to provide information to those who were unable to attend the symposium.
Opening Address Yoshiko Ando (Director-General for Statistics and Information Policy, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare)
Kozo Nakamura (Chair, Expert Committee on Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health, Statistics Committee, Social Security Council)
Keynote Lecture ・Daily Life Management
 Haruki Nakamura (President, Japanese Association of Occupational Therapies)
・Japan’s Healthcare and Long-Term Nursing Care Policies from the International Perspective and Possibility of ICF Use
 Takako Tsutsui (Professor, University of Hyogo Graduate School of Business)
Panel Discussion (report of specific cases of ICF use) ・ICF Use through Kinder Infant Development Scale (KIDS)
 Keiji Hashimoto (National Center for Child Health and Development)
・ Development and Clinical Use of ICF-Based General Evaluation System in the Field of Rehabilitation
 Shigeru Sonoda (Professor, Rehabilitation II, School of Medicine, Fujita Health University)
・Dementia Rehabilitation and International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF)
 Chiga Murai (Chief Occupational Therapist, Ishikawa Prefectural Takamatsu Hospital; formerly Deputy Director, Health and Welfare Bureau for the Elderly, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare)
・Establishment of Comprehensive Regional Care System and Information Linkage
 Hiromi Ishikawa (Executive Board Member, Japan Medical Association)

October 15 (Sat.), 2017
WHO Family of International Classifications (WHO-FIC) Network Annual Meeting and ICD Revision Conference


In October 2016, WHO Family of International Classifications (WHO-FIC) Network Annual Meeting and ICD-11 Revision Conference were held in Tokyo.
The WHO-FIC Network Meeting, held at around October each year with the hosting country rotating among member countries, gathers persons responsible for the International Classification of Diseases (ICD)*1 and other Family of International Classifications for discussion, coordination, and reporting. Before this year’s meeting, Japan hosted the meeting in 2005. On the other hand, ICD-11 Revision Conference is held in anticipation of the large-scale revision of ICD. Ministries of health and other bodies representing the Member States of World Health Organization (WHO) were invited and shown the draft revised version of ICD. The participants exchanged opinions on the revision and discussed challenges related to ICD implementation and other issues.
At the joint opening ceremony, State Minister Noriko Furuya of Health, Labour and Welfare, in her address, touched on the Kobe Communiqué adopted at the G7 Health Ministers’ Meeting in 2016 and spoke about the importance of ICD as a foundation of people’s health. Dr. Margaret Chang, Director-General of WHO, delivered a speech in which she expressed hope that ICD-11 would pave the way for a new era of health information. The International Classification of Diseases for Mortality and Morbidity Statistics (ICD-11-MMS) 2016 Edition was released for comment from WHO Member States. A wide range of sessions was organized to discuss the use of ICD-11, the environment surrounding healthcare information, maternal health and mental health, and trends in traditional medicine.
Taken together, the two conferences had more than 300 participants from around 50 countries. Many Member States invited by WHO expressed high expectations for ICD-11.

<WHO-FIC Network Annual Meeting>

Date October 8 (Sat.) - 12 (Wed.), 2016
Venue Jikei University School of Medicine and Tokyo International Forum
Organizers WHO and Collaborating Centre for the WHO-FIC in Japan*2
Participants Collaborating Centres for the WHO-FIC, health and statistics departments of WHO Member States, WHO Headquarters, WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific

<ICD-11 Revision Conference>

Date October 12 (Wed.) - 14 (Fri.), 2016
Venue Tokyo International Forum
Organizer WHO
Participants Representatives of WHO Member States, WHO Headquarters, etc.
Theme ICD-11 Revision Conference:Health Information in the New Era

December 13, 2012 The 3rd Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare ICF Symposium “Towards Utilization of International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health – Challenges and Solutions”

The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), adopted by WHO in 2001, is quickly becoming a “common language” among different sectors, encouraging research and development for its introduction. In Japan, two symposia have been held in the past few years (2010-2012), focusing on education and implementation of ICF as a common language for functioning, disability and health. The 3rd symposium dug deeper into the topic, as it focused on challenges faced by medical professionals in using ICF and their possible solutions.

Symposium report is available for downloading from the following link.
(Japanese text Only)
The 3rd ICF Symposium Report(PDF:18,900KB)

< Event Overview >

Date Thursday 13, December,2012 Open 12:00 Start 13:00 Close 17:00
Venue The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan)
Participation Fee Free
Organized by Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare / Japan Society of Health Information Management
Sponsored by Health, Labour and Welfare Statistics Association
Supported by
  • Japan Medical Association
  • Japan Hospital Association
  • Japanese Nursing Association
  • Japanese Association of Social Care Service Worker
  • Japanese Association of Social Workers in Health Services
  • Japan Care Manager Association
  • The Japan Association of Certified Care Workers
  • Japanese Association of Speech-Language-Hearing Therapist
  • Japanese Association of Occupational Therapists
  • Japanese Association of Schools of Social Work
  • Japanese Association of Certified Social Workers
  • Japanese Association of Schools of Certified Social Worker
  • Japanese Society for Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities
  • Japanese Association of Psychiatric Social Workers
  • Japanese Association of Social Workers
  • Japan Association for Interprofessional Education
  • Japanese Physical Therapy Association