WHO-FIC Collaborating Centre in the Nordic Countries
More about Nordclass
The Nordic Centre for Classifications in Health Care was established in 1987 as a WHO Collaborating Centre for the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) to represent the Nordic Countries in international activities related to the International Classification of Diseases.
The Centre was initiated by the Nordic
Medico-Statistical Committee (NOMESCO) (http://www.nom-nos.dk/)
and financed and supported by grants from the
Nordic Council of Ministries. The Centre was hosted by the
Health statistics have a long tradition in the Nordic countries. Comparisons of health statistics between the Nordic - but also to some extent the Baltic countries – is the main task of NOMESCO. In 2006 NOMESCO celebrated its 40-year anniversary with two publications:
These publications give a detailed picture of both the development of the Nordic health statistics and the Nordic use of classifications, and are available in the typical NOMESCO style with both English and Scandinavian texts - side by side.
The yearly publication, Health Statistics in the Nordic Countries, summarizes and compares the annual Nordic statistics, but also includes a theme section and present background tables. Examples on themes are (publication year within brackets): Report on mortality statistics (2010); Quality indicators (2009); Health of the Elderly People (2008); Mental Health (2007); Out-patient care (2006).
Since 1995 the Centre has been financed by 4-year
grants from the national health authorities in the five Nordic countries (
From 1993 the Centre assumed responsibility for work with the International Classification of Impairments, Disabilities and Handicaps (now the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF). From 2000 the Centre also had the main responsibility for development and update of NordDRG – the Nordic common Casemix system. The development of a common Nordic surgical classification of procedures (NOMESCO Classification of Surgical Procedures) in 1996 was essential for the DRG, as well as a common use and understanding of ICD-10.
Due to practical and logistical reasons the Centre had
to be reorganized and relocated to
The Nordic Centre (Nordclass) was re-designated as a
Collaborating Centre until September 2008. The relocation of the Centre to
In January 2010 Lars Berg
The Nordic Centre continues to be active in promoting the development and use of ICD, ICF and other derived or related classification in the Nordic and to some extent also the Baltic countries and in supporting the work of the WHO-FIC Network.
The Centre collaborates with the
Classification Departments/Units, the Casemix work and the statistical
units/departments in all the Nordic countries, as well as with the Casemix
The annual reports to WHO for the period 2000-2006 (zip file) and for 2011 (pdf file) can be downloaded below.
Annual reports from the Centre intended for the annual plenary meetings of NOMESCO are available for the period 2000-2009 (exception for 2007-2008), but written in Scandinavian languages and can be dosnloaded below.
Link to Annual Reports.