|María José Moya, head of the SISS and a severe MCS sufferer|
(photographer: Nekane Lazkano)
Those affected cannot tolerate many of the chemicals that are used in our everyday lives
- In 2014 the Ministry of Health included MCS in the 9th edition of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), which until December 31st 2015 was the reference system for classifying and coding diagnoses in the health system.
- In this way Spain joined the list of countries that recognize the illness. This had been done before by Germany (2000), Austria (2001), Japan (2009), Switzerland (2010) and Denmark (2012), and later Finland (2014).
- Until that moment, Spain had not classified MCS, and therefore it did not exist from an administrative point of view. This involved "a complete defencelessness situation" for the sufferers, as stated in the Explanatory Memorandum to the Non Law Proposition that originated the inclusion of MCS in the ICD.