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IFHIMA is a non-profit organization with official relations to the World Health Organization (WHO) as a recognized non-governmental organization (NGO). IFHIMA sends representatives to WHO meetings and works closely with WHO on specific projects of particular concern or interest to WHO in the field of health records and health information.

Currently IFHIMA is working on a project with the WHO Family of International Classifications (the WHO-FIC IFHIMA Joint Collaboration) to develop and promote an international training strategy and explore development of international certification strategy for coders.  More information about WHO activities regarding coding and classification can be found here.

IFHIMA is pleased to receive official notification from WHO that during the triennial review IFHIMA was reaffirmed as a NGO in official relations with WHO.  IFHIMA’s official status will be reviewed again in 2022.  The IFHIMA Board thanks the many IFHIMA members who contribute to WHO work through various workgroups, task forces, and committees of the Federation of International Classifications (FIC).  Please see attached letter from WHO here.

IFHIMA’s NGO with WHO reaffirmed January 2019

In accordance with exchanges between your entity and the World Health Organization (WHO) last year, the WHO Executive Board reviewed the report of our relations and collaboration at its 144th session in January 2019.

I am please to inform you that the WHO Executive Board decided to maintain the International Federation of Health Information Management Associations in official relations with WHO.  In making the decision, the Executive Board commended your continuing dedication in supporting the work of WHO.

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IFHIMA Members share their expertise and participate in various ISO work groups.


IFHIMA participated in The Who EIC meetings in Banff, Canada.  Here’s the report from the MbRB participants.

WHO-FIC Education and Implementation Committee (EIC) Mid-year Meeting Report

Update from the Morbidity Reference Group (MbRG) Meeting

WHO FIC EIC Functioning and Disability Reference Group (FDRG)

ICD-11 EIC Work at the WHO FIC meeting 2018

Report on the last meeting of the ICD-11 MMS Joint Task Force held in Seoul, Republic of South Korea 2018

World Health Organization Family of International Classifications 2018

Morbidity Reference Group Meeting in Banff, Canada 2018

WHO-FIC Education and Implementation Committee Meeting in Hamburg, Germany

Health Information Privacy in Healthcare Organizations: Workforce Education Standard

The WHO-FIC 2017 Annual Network Meeting-Mexico City, Mexico

ICD-11 for Mortality and Morbidity Statistics (ICD-11 MMS) Joint Task Force Update

ICD-11 for Mortality and Morbidity Statistics (MMS) Joint Task Force: Progress Report

Morbidity/Mortality Exam update and the WHO-Education and Implementation Committee 



WHO World report on ageing and health

World Health Statistics 2014

Purchasing printed version (paperback)

WHO-Family of International Classifications

International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF)