WHO-FIC Collaborating Centre in the Nordic Countries
Since 1995 it has been financed by 4-year grants from
the National Health Authorities in the five Nordic countries (
From 1993 the Collaborating Centre also assumed responsibility for work with the International Classification of Impairments, Disabilities and Handicaps (now the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF). The work with ICD, however, is still one of the main issues for the Centre.
From 2000 the Centre had the main responsibility for the development and update of NordDRG – the Nordic common Casemix system. The development of a common Nordic surgical classification of procedures (NOMESCO Classification of Surgical Procedures) in 1996 was essential for the DRG (Diagnosis Related Groups) as well as a common Nordic use of ICD-10.
The Centre was in January 2009 reorganized and
The Nordic Centre was re-designated as a Collaborating Centre until September 2008. To ensure continuous collaboration with WHO-FIC (www.who.int/classifications/) after the relocation, the Centre applied for re-designation as a WHO Collaborating Centre.
However, the relocation of the Centre to
A letter in December 2010 to the Nordic Health Authorities, applying for support of the Nordic classification work was successful. A new designation process could therefore be initiated again in January 2011, with upstart of the formal WHO designation process in June 2011. This process is now ongoing.