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WHO-FIC Collaborating Centre in the Nordic Countries

 

The WHO Family of International Classifications (WHO-FIC)

(http://www.who.int/classifications/en/)

 

The WHO constitution mandates the production of international classifications on health so that there is a consensual, meaningful and useful framework which governments, providers and consumers can use as a common language.

Internationally endorsed classifications facilitate the storage, retrieval, analysis and interpretation of data. They also permit the comparison of data within populations over time and between populations at the same point in time, as well as the compilation of nationally consistent data.

The purpose of the WHO Family of International Classifications (WHO-FIC) is to promote the appropriate selection of classifications in the range of settings in the health field across the world.