What is WHO-ART?

The WHO Adverse Reaction* Terminology was developed and maintained by UMC over approximately thirty years to serve as a terminology for coding adverse reaction terms, covering most medical terms needed in adverse reaction reporting. Until 2008, when MedDRA (Medical Dictionary for Regulatory Activities) was implemented, WHO-ART was the only available terminology for coding adverse drug reactions in VigiBase.

Today, WHO-ART is no longer actively maintained, but the last release from 2015 Q1 can still be provided for specific purposes, although MedDRA should be the preferred choice.

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* Modern terminology increasingly uses adverse effect, reserving adverse (drug) reaction for the late stages of analysis when there is less uncertainty about the character and causality of a drug-adverse effect combination.

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Last modified on: September 17, 2020