About Us

The World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) has been in circulation since 2001. To apply the classification consistently and reliably for clinical, social, academic, research, health service administration and statistical purposes, quality education is essential. To develop quality educational material, it is not desirable that new educators be left to duplicate previous efforts. Therefore, members of the WHO's Functioning and Disability Reference Group (FDRG) have developed this portal to share educational materials. The materials collected can be rated by users or evaluated according to quality criteria.

FDRG members and collaborators specified the scope of the web-based portal, defined the descriptive and search criteria and specified the technical requirements for making available the educational materials in a user-friendly, accessible tool. FDRG provides the editorial team, monitors use of the portal and advises on further developments.

Also, WHO technical staff and the users of the site have directed and informed ongoing development of the site so that it includes new features: the forums, the database of ICF advisors and educators and a news section.

A link to this portal has been placed on the WHO site, with the following disclaimer: “The provision of a link from the WHO website to other sites does not indicate endorsement of those sites by WHO, and WHO accepts no responsibility for the validity or accuracy of their content.”

This site was initially funded by individuals with a passion for making top quality ICF resources globally available. The South African (2017-18) and Dutch (2019-20) WHO-FIC Collaborating Centres also provided support for the development and maintenance of the site. The site is hosted by the Centre for Community Technologies at Nelson Mandela University, South Africa.

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Developed and hosted by the Centre for Community Technologies, Nelson Mandela University, South Africa