Internationally endorsed classifications facilitate the storage, retrieval, analysis, and interpretation of data. The CTS team at WHO is responsible for the development, updating and revision of a family of international classifications (FIC), which includes the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health. In this they are supported by a network of collaborating centres and non-governmental organisations, of which WCPT is one. WCPT is actively engaged with the Functioning and Disability Reference Group which advises the WHO FIC network on functioning, disability and health classification and coding issues.
The ICF is a framework and classification system for use in describing functioning and disability in relation to a health condition. It is recognised as a reference member of the WHO family of international classifications (WHO-FIC), and complementary to the International Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD). In May 2001, the World Health Assembly endorsed the ICF (WHO 2001). For further information see the WHO website or the ICF section of this website.