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WHO (WHOART) - Synopsis

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The WHO Adverse Drug Reaction Terminology (WHO-ART) was developed and is maintained by the Uppsala Monitoring Centre, the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for International Drug Monitoring.

WHO-ART is used for coding clinical information related to adverse drug reactions.

WHO-ART is a four-level hierarchical terminology, which begins at the body system/organ level classes. These classes consist of broad grouping terms, which consist of more specific preferred terms. WHO also contains commonly used terms, called included terms, that act as entry terms for the preferred terms.

Metathesaurus Scope
The Metathesaurus also includes the following WHO-ART translations:

  1. French
  2. German
  3. Portuguese
  4. Spanish

WHO-ART is used by drug regulatory agencies and pharmaceutical manufacturers.

Update Frequency
WHO-ART is updated every three months.

Metathesaurus Update Frequency
WHO-ART was last updated in the Metathesaurus in 1999.

Sites Consulted

  1. Adverse Reaction Terminology WHO-ART [Internet]. Uppsala (Sweden): The Uppsala Monitoring Center; [cited 2010 Jan 25]. Available from: http://www.umc-products.com/DynPage.aspx?id=73589&mn1=1107&mn2=1664
  2. The WHO Adverse Reaction Terminology – WHO-ART [Internet]. Uppsala (Sweden): The Uppsala Monitoring Center; 2005 Dec [cited 2010 Jul 30]. 8p. Available from: http://www.umc-products.com/graphics/3149.pdf