Despite the fact that psoriatic arthritis has been recognized as an entity for almost five decades, there are still no valid criteria for either its diagnosis or classification. Several sets of criteria have been proposed but none was studied. None the less, investigators have been able to study the condition and describe its unique features and its natural course and prognosis. However, in order to facilitate further studies, it would be worthwhile to develop an internationally accepted and validated set of criteria, both for the diagnosis and classification of the disease, as well as for the assessment of damage. These criteria would help set up appropriate therapeutic trials in this condition as well.