WHO-FIC Collaborating Centre in the Nordic Countries


International Classification of Health Interventions (ICHI)

 The development of ICHI was approved by the WHO-FIC Council in 2006 as part of the work program of the Family Development Committee (FDC). In the six years since then, an active development program has been underway. Each year, a mid year meeting of the FDC has been largely devoted to ICHI and there have been additional ad hoc meetings in 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012.


In particular, in June 2011, a two week workshop was held in Sydney to develop content for an alpha version of ICHI, attended by 14 people from 5 of the 6 WHO regions. Progress has been reported at each annual WHO-FIC Network meeting (see for example Cape Town, papers D017 to D022).

See link: http://www.who.int/classifications/network/meeting2011/en/index.html


Present State of Development of ICHI

Two distinct purposes for ICHI:

·         a framework for comparisons among national classifications

·         a classification able to be used in its own right by countries without a national classification.


Initial material on medical and surgical interventions has been reviewed and updated, with substantial assistance from the Chinese Collaborating Centre. A comprehensive list of functioning interventions is being finalised after the Beijing Family Development Committee (FDC) meeting July 2012, and a first list of public health interventions was presented and discussed in Beijing. All material is being entered into a database developed by the German Centre. Strict editorial control is being maintained. The alpha version will be presented at the Brasilia WHO-FIC Network meeting in October 2012.


Future Governance and Management

It is proposed that the Family Development Committee formally relinquish its mandate for ICHI development at the close of the Brasilia Network meeting in 2012, subject to a new governance and management structure being put in place. The FDC should continue to include ICHI development in its agenda for future meetings.


The following technical working groups are proposed:


Nordic work
The Nordic Centre has participated in the development more actively since 2011 in Sydney (surgical procedures) and in Beijing 2012 (surgical/medical and procedures related to functioning). See ”News” for update of the work.