On June 18, 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a new International Classification of Diseases, Version 1.1 (ICD-11) but it won’t be until after 2022 that we will be expected to begin using the new codes. On the WHO website, the announcement states, “This version was released to Member States to prepare for implementation including translating ICD into their national languages. ICD-11 will be submitted to the 144th Executive Board Meeting in January 2018 and the Seventy-second World Health Assembly in May 2019 and, following endorsement, Member States will start reporting using ICD-11 on 1 January 2022.”


The changes reported are intended to “accommodate for the needs of multiple use cases and users in recording, reporting, and analysis of health information”.  The also outlined improvements with ICD-11:

  1. Improved usability- more clinical detail with less training time
  2. Updated scientific content
  3. Enables coding of all clinical detail
  4. Made eHealth ready for use in electronic environments
  5. Linked to relevant other classifications and terminologies
  6. Full multilingual support

The WHO website also offers resources related to ICD-11 including a coding tool, ICD-11 browser, reference guide, Unique Reference Identifier (URI) and code combinations, specialty versions, proposal and commenting tool, implementation assessment tool, transition tool, and mapping from and to ICD-10.

For more information, please visit the WHO website at: http://www.who.int/classifications/icd/en/

Gina Tomcsik
Director of Compliance