Collaborating Centre for the WHO-FIC in Japan

Activity

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February 19 (Wed.), 2020. Courtesy Call by Mr. Nenad Kostanjsek, WHO Officer for ICD-11 and ICF

On February 19 (Wed.), 2020, Mr. Nenad Kostanjsek, WHO officer for ICD-11 and ICF (Technical officer, Classification, Terminology and Standards Unit) paid a courtesy visit to Mr. Hidejiro Suzuki, Director-General for Statistics, Information Policy and Policy Evaluation.

Director-General Suzuki welcomed the visit and expressed his respect for Mr. Kostanjsek’s longtime efforts in the field of WHO international statistics and classifications including the ICD (International Classification of Diseases) and ICF (International Classification of Functioning). After the courtesy call a ‘Discussion with WHO Technical Officer aimed at embodying of the WHO Message to the ICF Symposium’ was held with members of the WHO-FIC Collaborating Centre in Japan and members of the Investigative Working Group on ICF Implementation and Promotion, Expert Committee on Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health, Statistics Committee, Social Security Council, MHLW, taking part.

On January 18 (Sat.), 2020, the 8th Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare ICF Symposium was held

‘Outlook for the New Stage in Utilizing and Applying ICD-11 and ICF:
The Challenge for Japan Going Through an Unprecedented Change to a Super-aging Society’
On January 18 (Sat.), 2020, the 8th Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare ICF Symposium was held at Iino Hall in Kasumigaseki district of Tokyo. It was the first symposium held after the World Health Assembly (in May 2019) adopted ICD-11, which for the first time included the essence of ICF in its V-Chapter.
In his keynote speech Professor Shinsuke Kato, Head of Rehabilitation Division, Tokushima University Hospital, who was involved in the ICD-11 Revision process as the co-chair of the Musculoskeletal Topic Advisory Group, spoke about the significance of ICD-11 Revision and the expectations for utilizing ICF.
Also, lectures on the state of progress of the study on the usability of ICF assessment tools in clinical settings were given by members of the Investigative Working Group on ICF Implementation and Promotion, Expert Committee on Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health, Statistics Committee, Social Security Council, that was set up in order to give a detailed working-level response to the need to quantify levels of functioning, heading towards joint application and utilization of ICD-11 and ICF.
The Q&A session has also underscored a common understanding that clinical application of ICD-11 V-Chapter will lead to multi-disciplinary implementation. A message from WHO that highly acclaimed Japan’s efforts towards joint application and utilization of ICD-11 and ICF was read out to the symposium participants. Submitted posters on specific use cases of ICF were also presented and displayed. Many participants attended, and it is expected that this symposium would prove to be a good opportunity for promoting on-site utilization and application of ICF in various fields.

Symposium report *Japanese only
Opening Address
  • Hidejiro Suzuki, Director-General for Statistics and Information Policy, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan

  • Kozo Nakamura, Chair, Expert Committee on Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health, Statistics Committee, Social Security Council

Keynote Speech
  • Professor Shinsuke Kato, Tokushima University Hospital Co-chair of the Musculoskeletal Topic Advisory Group during WHO ICD-11 Revision

  • Lively Q&A Session

  • Posters detailing ICF use on display

  • Smiling faces after the successful meeting

On November 30 (Fri.), 2018, the WHO-Japan Forum 2018: ‘Opening the Door to the Era of Significant Use of ICD-11 and ICF’ was held

In May 2018 the World Health Organization (WHO) released the International Classification of Diseases 11th Revision (ICD-11). The new revision takes place almost 30 years after the revision in 1990 to ICD-10 that is currently in use.
Following the release member states are expected to start translating the classification and making other preparations for its application in their own countries, and the classification is planned to be presented to the World Health Assembly in May 2019. Japan is going to consider measures with the goal of applying the classification, and this workload will be divided between different bodies under the umbrella of the Statistics Committee of the Social Security Council, namely, the ‘Sub-Committee on Classification of Diseases, Injuries and Causes of Death’, the ‘Expert Committee on Classification of Diseases, Injuries and Causes of Death’, the ‘Expert Committee on Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health’, and others.
The newly released ICD-11 has a new supplementary section on functioning assessment that is based on ICF (International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health) adopted by the World Health Assembly in May 2001 and is expected to be widely used.
Within this context, in order to summarize the background information and express gratitude to those who have been involved, as well as to give the floor to WHO officers in charge to speak about the significance of classification development, expected outcomes and use cases, and in hope for even broader utilization of international statistical classifications through sharing a vision for the future,
the WHO-Japan Forum 2018: ‘Opening the Door to the Era of Significant Use of ICD-11 and ICF’ was held on November 30 (Fri.), 2018. (Venue: UN House (United Nations University), Tokyo).

●For the Forum Report, handout materials, and speaker profiles, click here *Japanese only
●For ‘ICF use cases and expectations for the future’ posters click here (Program, p27 – 39) *Japanese only

In 2007, WHO held a press conference in Japan to announce to the world the commencement of work on ICD-11 Revision, and several hundred experts in total have since been involved in this project.
The forum became a venue to reminisce, and discussions centered on the internal medicine field while the hall seating 300 was almost full. In the evening a dinner party for participants was held at the Meiji Kinenkan.
It was attended by Dr. Kenji Shuto, vice-governor of Kanagawa Prefecture (who was MHLW ICD Office Head at the time), Dr. Shuzo Yamamoto, honorary President of Japan Hospital Association, Dr. Toshio Oi, honorary Chairman of Japan Society of Health Information Management, and other good old former colleagues who were actively involved at the initial stages, so it felt like a class reunion.
For the staff of ‘International Classifications Information Management Office,’ aka ICD Office, (at the start of the project the name of this section was ‘Diseases, Injuries, and Causes of Death Classifications Research Office’) that played the role of bringing together various Japanese experts, as well as for the eighth ICD Office Head, it was a deeply emotional moment to be finally able to make it widely known that a milestone has been reached.

November 29 (Thu.), 2018. Courtesy call by Dr. Robert Jakob and Mr. Nenad Kostanjsek of WHO

November 30 (Fri.), 2018. After the WHO-Japan Forum

Kagami-biraki (sake barrel opening ceremony) at the dinner party after the Forum

June 24 (Mon.), 2019. 1st Management Council Meeting of the WHO-FIC Collaborating Centre in Japan in FY 2019

On June 24 (Mon.), 2019, for the first time in the current fiscal year the Management Council Meeting of the WHO-FIC Collaborating Centre in Japan was held at the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.

The Centre has been designated by WHO to contribute to the work on the development, revision and implementation of the WHO Family of International Classifications, in particular, ICD (the International Classification of Diseases), ICF (the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health) and the classification of health interventions, and is conducting its activities on an ‘All Japan’ basis with the participation of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, the National Institute of Public Health, the National Rehabilitation Center for Persons with Disabilities, the National Cancer Center Japan, the National Center for Global Health and Medicine, the National Center for Child Health and Development, the Japan Hospital Association, the Japan Society of Health Information Management, and the Japan Liaison of Oriental Medicine.

At the start of the meeting information concerning the adoption of ICD-11 by WHA (World Health Assembly) in May and the developments aimed at implementation of ICD-11 in Japan was shared with the participants.
Activity reports and workplans of each organization were presented, followed by a lively exchange of views on the activities aimed at promoting development, utilization and application of ICD-11, ICHI and ICF, moving forward to the planned redesignation of the Collaborating Centre in September this year and the start of its 3rd term.
Also, to commemorate the release of ICD-11, a publication by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare titled ‘ICD-11 Revision and Japan,’ which documents the process of ICD-11 Revision, was distributed among the participants, and words of gratitude were spoken.
An even greater contribution is expected of Japan.

Together in front of the Collaborating Centre symbol, the WHO flag

Towards the 3rd term, strengthening Centre activities and cooperation

August 1 (Wed.), 2018. 1st Management Council Meeting of the WHO-FIC Collaborating Centre in Japan in FY 2018

On August 1, 2018, the WHO-FIC Collaborating Centre in Japan organized the 1st Management Council meeting in FY 2018 at the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.
The Centre has been designated by WHO to contribute to the work on the development, revision and implementation of the WHO Family of International Classifications, in particular, ICD (the International Classification of Diseases), ICF (the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health) and the classification of health interventions, and is conducting its activities on an ‘All Japan’ basis with the participation of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, the National Institute of Public Health, the National Rehabilitation Center for Persons with Disabilities, the National Cancer Center Japan, the National Center for Global Health and Medicine, the National Center for Child Health and Development, the Japan Hospital Association, the Japan Society of Health Information Management, and the Japan Liaison of Oriental Medicine.
At the meeting, activity reports for the previous period, workplans for the current fiscal year, and basic policies aimed toward the planned redesignation of the Collaboration Centre in September of next year were shared by each organization. Also, following the release of ICD-11 by WHO in June this year and with the view to applying it in Japan, a lively exchange of views on the practical use of ICF in Japan ensued in response to the addition of a new supplementary section on functioning assessment to the V-chapter of ICD-11.
An even greater contribution is expected of Japan.

June 18,2018 ICD-11 Release

At noon (Geneva time; 19:00 Japan time) on June 18 (Mon.), ICD-11 was released at WHO Headquarters. Members of the WHO-FIC Collaborating Centre in Japan participated in the official event for the release.
It has been nearly 30 years since the last revision of ICD in 1990 that created the current ICD-10. With the release of ICD-11, WHO Member States are expected to begin making preparations for implementation of ICD-11, including translation. ICD-11 will be presented at the World Health Assembly in May 2019 for endorsement. Consideration will begin to be made on the implementation of ICD-11 in Japan.

Press Release
WHO website
【Why is the ICD important?】

April 23, 2017 Participation in Collaboration Meeting for WHO Collaborating Centres in Japan

On April 23, 2017, 33 WHO Collaborating Centres in Japan assembled together for the first time at the National Center for Global Health and Medicine, promoting friendship and rapport and holding a lively group discussion on the topic of encouraging partnership and mutual cooperation among the Centres.
Dr. Shin Young-soo, Regional Director for WHO Western Pacific Regional Office (WPRO), and Dr. Takeshi Kasai, Director of Programme Management for WPRO, who had been visiting Japan, also attended the meeting and gave a speech on the importance of partnership among the Collaborating Centres in Japan and also of close future collaboration between the Centres and WPRO.

October 11 - 17, 2014 WHO-FIC Network Annual Meeting in Barcelona

The Annual Meeting of the WHO Family of International Classification (WHO-FIC) Network is held every year in fall. The 2014 Annual Meeting will take place in Barcelona, Spain, for seven days from October 11 through October 17, and will be hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Agency for Health Quality and Assessment of Catalonia (AQuAS), the WHO-FIC Collaborating Centre in Barcelona, the Catalan Ministry of Health, the Office of Health of the Barcelona City Council, the TicSalut Foundation and others. The meeting provides the opportunity for all those responsible for WHO-FIC-related activities in their own countries to meet face-to-face. Representatives of the Collaborating Centre in Japan will be attending the meeting.

The 2014 Meeting theme: Driving improvement in healthcare: from data to eHealth tools

Date Saturday, October 11 - Friday, October 17, 2014
Venue The Barcelona International Convention Centre (CCIB, Centre de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona)
Hosted by WHO, the WHO-FIC Collaborating Centre in Barcelona, and others
Participating organizations WHO, WHO-FIC Collaborating Centres, governmental health/statistics organizations, NGOs, observers, and others

Venue: CCIB - Centre Convencions Internacional de Barcelona