ICF Workshop (via Zoom) 29 November & 1 December 2023

The next English-language ICF workshop will take place on Wednesday, 29 November and Friday, 1 December 2023, 13:15-17:00 (1:15-5:00 PM) Central European Time (CET).

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This two half-day interactive training comprises lectures and exercises that deepen basic knowledge of the ICF*, provide insight in potential application of the ICF and make available structured workshop material. Each participant will receive a certificate of participation. 

*Participants are required to complete the ICF e-Learning Tool ( before the start of the workshop.

Day 1: Deepening the basics of the ICF - biopsychosocial model of functioning and disability, structure/codes of the ICF, ICF qualifiers/other scales, ICF Core Sets
Day 2: Linking methodology and various other applications of the ICF with real-life examples (e.g. rehabilitation management and other topics depending on the participants' interests)

Click here pdffor the preliminary schedule.

Workshop fee: CHF 250 (equivalent in EUR depending on the exchange rate at invoicing) 
To register, please complete the registration form (click here: folder ), save it as a PDF, and email the PDF to the ICF Research Branch Coordinator Melissa Selb (, at the latest Wednesday, 21 November 2023. The workshop fee is due November 10th.

For further information, please feel free to contact Melissa Selb. We look forward to hearing from you !


Online expert consultation: Healthy ageing & rehabilitation

The World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Rehabilitation in Global Health Systems, hosted by the University of Lucerne (Switzerland), has been requested by the WHO Regional Office for Europe to conduct an online expert consultation about how rehabilitation is currently being delivered for persons 60+.

To ensure that all rehabilitation stakeholders are well represented, the Center for Rehabilitation in Global Health Systems is reaching out to you for your support in responding and disseminating the survey within your network. The survey will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. Your support will be crucial to ensure that a comprehensive range of perspectives from all WHO regions and all relevant stakeholders is collected. 

The survey is available in all WHO official languages and can be accessed through the following link or QR code below. Link:

QR Code Survey

Your cooperation in this endeavour would be greatly appreciated.
For questions or additional information, please contact the Center for Rehabilitation in Global Health Systems


Landmark WHO Resolution on Rehabilitation

On 27 May 2023, the resolution "Strengthening Rehabilitation in Health Systems" was unanimously adopted by the 76th World Health Assembly. This landmark resolution calls for the allocation of more resources to address rehabilitation needs, for fully including rehabilitation as an essential health strategy for achieving universal health coverage, for developing feasible global health system rehabilitation targets and indicators for effective coverage of rehabilitation services by 2030. 

The resolution specifically mentions the ICF as "a standard language and conceptual basis for the definition and measurement of health, functioning and disability". And it urges Member States, among other things, "to enhance health information systems to collect information relevant to rehabilitation, including system-level rehabilitation data, and information on functioning, utilizing the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health, ensuring data disaggregation by sex, age, disability and any other context-relevant factor, and compliance with data protection legislation, for a robust monitoring of rehabilitation outcomes and coverage".*

* Click on the PDF logo to access the WHO Resolution Rehabilitationpdf.png

Further information:

WHO video featuring Alarcos Cieza, former ICF Research Branch Steering Committee member and current Head of WHO's  Sensory Functions, Disability and Rehabilitation Unit:


Next available German-language ICF Workshops

The next available German-language ICF workshops conducted by the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich, Germany will take place online. The 2-day (3.5 hours/day) workshop will cover a wide range of topics and comprises a basic module as well as specific modules.

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Day 1: Basic module – 8 trainings sessions in in-person trainings or 3.5 hours in online trainings
Day 2: Advanced modules (optional) – 4 training sessions in in-person trainings or 3.5 hours in online trainings

Further information about the workshops and the registration form can be found here:

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