WHO Collaborating Centres are institutions designated by the Regional Directors of WHO Regional Offices to support WHO programs using each Centre’s expertise. Currently there are over 800 WHO Collaborating Centres in over 80 Member States, forming international, inter-institutional collaborative networks for different focused areas. In Japan, in addition to our Centre, 32 Collaborating Centres have been designated by WHO.
On September 9, 2011, a consortium of five organizations in Japan was designated as a Collaborating Centre for the WHO-FIC in Japan by the Regional Directors of the WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific. As part of the WHO-FIC Network, we commenced our WHO-designated activities for the WHO-FIC.
The five organizations comprising the Centre in Japan are: the International Classification and Information Management Office (Japan ICD Office) of Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare; the National Institute of Public Health; the National Cancer Center; the Japan Hospital Association/Japan Society of Health Information Management, and the Japan Society for Oriental Medicine (The Japan Liaison of Oriental Medicine). Backed by international classification experts in Japan and thus forming a countrywide support system, these organizations work together closely to improve the classifications, and to promote their dissemination and implementation.
The Centre’s main WHO-designated activities are as follows:
- Assisting WHO in developing, maintaining and revising the WHO Family of International Classifications (WHO-FIC).
- Supporting WHO with active participation in WHO-FIC Network committees and reference groups.
- Collaborating with local and regional users of classifications by networking, providing support and disseminating information about the classifications.
- Developing and localizing implementation tools and training materials for WHO-FIC classifications.
- Supporting WHO-FIC quality assurance procedures and improving the level and quality of implementation.
The duration of the designation is four years. The head of the International Classification and Information Management Office, Policy Planning Division, Statistics and Information Department, Minister’s Secretariat, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare serves as the Head of the Centre in Japan.
As of June 2017, there are 17 designated Collaborating Centres for the WHO-FIC.
|Collaborating Centre for the WHO-FIC in Australia
||Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
||Collaborating Centre for the WHO-FIC in PR China
||Peking Union Medical College (PUMC) Hospital
Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences (CAMS)
|Collaborating Centre for the WHO-FIC in France
||The French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM)
|Collaborating Centre for the WHO-FIC in Germany
||The German Institute of Medical Documentation and Information (DIMDI)
|Collaborating Centre for the WHO-FIC in India
||Central Bureau of Health Intelligence (CBHI)
|Collaborating Centre for the WHO-FIC in Italy
||Direzione Centrale Salute Integrazione socio-sanitaria e politiche sociali, Regione Autonoma Friuli Venezia Giulia
|Collaborating Centre for the WHO-FIC in Japan
||International Classification and Information Management Office To the Director-General for Statistics and Information Policy Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
|Collaborating Centre for the WHO-FIC in South Korea
||Social Security Information Service
|Collaborating Centre for the WHO-FIC in Kuwait
||Health Information and Medical Records, Ministry of Health, Kuwait
|Collaborating Centre for the WHO-FIC in Mexico
||Directora General de Información en Salud
|Collaborating Centre for the WHO-FIC in the Netherlands
||The National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)
|Collaborating Centre for the WHO-FIC in Norway
||Nordic Centre for Classifications in Health Care Norwegian Directorate of Health
|Collaborating Centre for the WHO-FIC in the Russian Federation
||National Research Institute for Public Health
|Collaborating Centre for the WHO-FIC in South Africa
||Medical Research Council
|Collaborating Centre for the WHO-FIC in Thailand
||Ministry of Public Health, Bureau of Policy and Strategy Office of the Permanent Secretary
|Collaborating Centre for the WHO-FIC in North America
||National Center for Health Statistics
|Collaborating Centre for the WHO-FIC in the United Kingdom
- Health and Social Care Information Centre(HSCIC)
- Data and Information Services/Information Standards Delivery/Clinical Classifications Service
|Collaborating Centre for the WHO-FIC in Venezuela
||Centro Venezolano de Clasificación de Enfermedades
Long before the designation of the Collaborating Centre in Japan in 2011, the International Classification and Information Management Office of Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (hereafter called “the Japan ICD Office") had been involved in Collaborating Centre activities. Since 1980, at the request of WHO, we have been part of the meeting of Centre Heads (now WHO-FIC Network Meetings) as an observer and even under limited capacity, we have been part of the discussions with delegates from other Centres. Among our noted contributions during this time were the proposals we made for the ICD revision processes, many of which were adopted after 2003. In 1986, 1996 and 2005, we served as the host country for WHO-FIC Network Meetings.
In 2007 and 2010, WHO held press conferences in Tokyo to announce to the world the start of ICD-11 revision and the proposal to include classifications for traditional medicine in ICD-11. For the revisions of ICD-11, Japanese physicians have been playing pivotal roles as the chairs of the Topic Advisory Group-Internal Medicine (IM-TAG) and the Topic Advisory Group-Traditional Medicine (ICTM).
In our capacity as an observer, we thus participated in activities on a par with other Centres. In 2007, the WHO-FIC Network governance was updated to accommodate the need for broader participation in the core decision process, and the Network decided that each Collaborating Centre would have one vote for decisions that relate to Network and WHO-FIC, effectively ending the procedure of making decisions with a limited number of participants. Seizing this opportunity, the Japan ICD Office applied for designation as a Collaborating Centre, together with the aforementioned four other organizations, to reflect Japan’s opinions in WHO-FIC activities. We were designated in 2011.