'IRDiRC Recognized Resources': a new mechanism to support scientists to conduct efficient, high-quality research for rare diseases

Eur J Hum Genet. 2017 Feb;25(2):162-165. doi: 10.1038/ejhg.2016.137. Epub 2016 Oct 26.


The International Rare Diseases Research Consortium (IRDiRC) has created a quality label, 'IRDiRC Recognized Resources', formerly known as 'IRDiRC Recommended'. It is a peer-reviewed quality indicator process established based on the IRDiRC Policies and Guidelines to designate resources (ie, standards, guidelines, tools, and platforms) designed to accelerate the pace of discoveries and translation into clinical applications for the rare disease (RD) research community. In its first year of implementation, 13 resources successfully applied for this designation, each focused on key areas essential to IRDiRC objectives and to the field of RD research more broadly. These included data sharing for discovery, knowledge organisation and ontologies, networking patient registries, and therapeutic development. 'IRDiRC Recognized Resources' is a mechanism aimed to provide community-approved contributions to RD research higher visibility, and encourage researchers to adopt recognised standards, guidelines, tools, and platforms that facilitate research advances guided by the principles of interoperability and sharing.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Genetics, Medical / economics*
  • Genetics, Medical / organization & administration
  • Genetics, Medical / standards
  • Humans
  • Information Dissemination
  • International Cooperation
  • Peer Review
  • Rare Diseases / diagnosis
  • Rare Diseases / genetics*
  • Rare Diseases / therapy
  • Societies, Medical
  • Translational Medical Research / economics*
  • Translational Medical Research / organization & administration
  • Translational Medical Research / standards