The Collaborating Centres for the WHO Family of International Classifications (WHO-FIC) are organizations collaborating with WHO on work related to the WHO-FIC. As of 2017, there are 18 designated Collaborating Centres for the WHO-FIC. The Collaborating Centre for the WHO-FIC in Japan was designated by the Regional Director of WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific on September 9, 2011. It launched its activities through the joint effort of five organizations, namely, Japan ICD Office, Policy Planning Division, Statistics and Information Department, Minister’s Secretariat, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare; National Institute of Public Health Center for Public Health Informatics; Division of Cancer Information and Statistics, Center for Cancer Control and Information Services, National Cancer Center; Japan Hospital Association/Japan Society of Health Information Management; Japan Society for Oriental Medicine Terminology and Classification Committee (Japan Liaison of Oriental Medicine). In the first four-year term, the Centre has made efforts to improve the quality of the WHO-FIC, including contribution to the development of ICD-11, and promote the implementation and education of the WHO-FIC. The work of the Centre has been well-recognized by WHO, and on September 9, 2015, the Centre was redesignated for a second term. In this second term, the organization of the Centre has been strengthened by increasing the number of participating organizations to eight, namely, International Classification and Information Management Office to the Counsellor to the Director-General for Statistics and Information Policy, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare; National Institute of Public Health; Center for Cancer Control and Information Services, National Cancer Center; Japan Hospital Association/Japan Society of Health Information Management, Japan Liaison of Oriental Medicine (JLOM); National Rehabilitation Center for Persons with Disabilities; National Center for Global Health and Medicine; and National Center for Child Health and Development.
In this age of ageing population in Japan and around the world, building sustainable health systems and implementing effective measures are becoming increasingly important, which requires, more than ever before, development and use of an information infrastructure. WHO-FIC is expected to contribute to this development.
Our Centre is based on public-private partnership with each of the eight organizations offering their strengths and expertise in their respective fields. As “Team Japan,” we will maximize these features and further promote collaboration in a continued effort to disseminate information for improvement and implementation of the statistical classifications.
Head of the Collaborating Centre for the WHO-FIC in Japan