About Us

The World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) has been in circulation since 2001. Since publication, members of the Functioning and Disability Reference Group (FDRG) have been teaching users and potential users about the clinical, social, academic, research, health service administration and statistical uses of the classification using a selection of materials and methods.

To apply the classification consistently and reliably, quality education is essential. To develop quality educational material, it is not desirable that new educators be left to duplicate previous efforts. Therefore, FDRG members and collaborators agreed that a portal to educational materials would be of great benefit. Additionally, the materials collected could be rated by users or evaluated according to quality criteria.

A small group came together to specify the scope of the web-based portal, to define the descriptive and search criteria and to specify the technical requirements for making available the educational materials in a user-friendly, accessible tool. Each member committed personal financial resources and time to develop this site. The prototype was demonstrated at the World Health Organization’s Family of International Classifications (WHO-FIC) meeting in October 2015.

The users of the site have informed ongoing development of the site which, relaunched in September 2017, includes new features such as the forums, the database of ICF advisors and educators and the 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.”.

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