Since 1986, Inserm has been mandated by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) to translate the MeSH into French. The bilingual (english-french) version of the MeSH (fMeSH) is updated every year and generally available from January as an XML file that is produced by the NLM. Inserm holds the copyright of fMeSH and distributes it in the French-speaking scientific community.
Inserm provides the fMeSH XML file free of charge to users who request it. The re-use and distribution conditions for fMeSH are governed by a CC-BY-NC 4.0 Creative Commons license. Under the terms of this license, the user agrees to mention the sources of the fMeSH (NLM and Inserm) and not to use it commercially.