Rare Diseases Free Data

Orphanet maintains the Orphanet nomenclature of rare diseases,
essential in improving the visibility of rare diseases in health and research information systems:
each disease in Orphanet is attributed a unique and stable identifier, the ORPHA number.

The nomenclature is organised in a poly-hierarchial classification, and data set includes:
types of disorders, flags of disorders, new relations between disorders, and characterisation of the alignments between disorders
and external terminologies or resources (OMIM, ICD-10, MeSH, UMLS, MedDRA and GARD).
The alignments are characterised in order to indicate if the terms are perfectly equivalent (exact mapping) or not. For analysis purposes, each disorder is attributed to a preferred classification by linking it to the head of classification entity.

As some decisions could be made somewhat arbitrarily, we have written a set of rules to make sure attributions are consistent. Hence, users are allowed to access to 3 differents data sets:
Rare diseases and cross referencing, Classifications of rare diseases and Linearization of disorders.

Rare diseases and cross referencing

Classifications of rare diseases

Linearisation of disorders





Video tutorials


What is the Orphanet nomenclature of rare disorders?




Frequently Asked Questions


Orphanet procedures


ICD-10 coding rules for rare diseases


Naming rules for the rare disease nomenclature in English


Nomenclature production in national language


Linearisation rules for Orphanet classifications


Orphanet Standard Operating Procedures