WICC mission and responsibilities.




The mission of the Wonca International Classification Committee is to develop and maintain classifications that accommodate the complete domain of family/general practice, and to ensure that these classifications are interoperable to the highest degree possible with standard international health care terminologies and classifications, in order to contribute to equitable quality health care worldwide.

From this mission statement, we derive the following primary GOALS:

  • To achieve widespread international use of ICPC

  • To maintain and revise ICPC to accommodate expanded health care knowledge

  • To develop productive working relationships with other international standards development organizations

  • To support the work of WICC and Wonca through licensing of ICPC

  • To create and disseminate additional classification tools as needed to capture and codify the complete domain of family/general practice

  • These goals lead to the following core OBJECTIVES for the work of WICC:

    1. Stabilize ICPC-2 in electronic and print form (version control)

    2. Reconcile and maintain maps between ICPC and ICD, ICPC and SNOMED

    3. Complete licensing agreements for ICPC-2 in new countries, particularly developing areas

    4. Identify a stable and sustainable Web-based host for ICPC-2

    5. Develop a training program for ICPC

    6. Create and maintain a professional Web presence for WICC

    7. Promote additional translations of ICPC and other primary care classification tools

    8. Create a “primary care classification package” of ICPC-plus-other terminologies built in to simple open-source health IT intended for use in developing areas

    9. Build the conceptual foundation for ICPC-3 (the “primary care data model”)

    10. Complete collaborative agreements with WHO and IHTSDO

    11. Identify additional classification needs and develop new tools to fill those needs

    12. Build capacity for data analysis and field trials within WICC or Wonca

    13. Strengthen working relationships with Wonca Informatics Working Party

    14. Create an international “Primary Care Classification Consortium” to organize and fund our activities


    Professor Michael S. Klinkman
    Chairman, WONCA International Classification Committee
    University of Michigan Health System
    Department of Family Medicine
    Ann Arbor, Michigan,


In Memoriam

Robert Wesbury, past-president and funder

Jack Froom, past president

Charles Bridges Webb , past president

Bent Guttorm Bentsen, outstanding contributor (Norwegian) (English)

Henk Lamberts, outstanding contributor

Created 04/10/2011 - Last modified 01/09/2017