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ICD-11 2022 release

Submitted by admin on 14 February 2022

ICD-11 is now officially in effect for the national and international recording and reporting of causes of illness, death - and more.

The International Classification of Diseases (ICD) provides a common language that allows health professionals to share standardized information across the world. The eleventh revision contains around 17 000 unique codes and more than 120 000 codable terms is now entirely digital.

All Member States are encouraged to follow their commitment documented with their approval of ICD-11 at the 72nd meeting of the World Health Assembly in 2019, and use the most current version of ICD for recording and reporting mortality and morbidity statistics both nationally and internationally.

What is new this year? What are the key features of ICD-11? What are the different applications and use cases of ICD-11?

ICD-11: Better Health with Better Information


New in ICD-11 2022

  • 35 countries are using ICD-11. 
  • Current implemented uses of ICD-11 include causes of death, primary care, cancer registration, patient safety, dermatology, pain documentation, allergology, reimbursement, clinical documentation, data dictionaries for WHO guidelines*, digital documentation of COVID-19 vaccination status and test results, and more.
  • French language is now available alongside ArabicChineseEnglish, & Spanish. Russian and 20 more languages are underway.
  • Integration in DHIS2. 
  • Terminology coding with the coding tool and API.
  • Rare diseases coding.
  • Support for perinatal and maternal coding.
  • 900 proposals were processed based on input from early adopters, translators, scientists, clinicians and partners.
  • Grade and stage coding for cancers.
  • Clinical Descriptions and Diagnostic Requirements for mental health.

WHO SMART Guidelines include Antenatal Care (ANC) Family Planning (FP), Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI), Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health (ASRH), HIV, Immunizations (EIR), Child Health in Emergency Settings (Em Care).

ICD-11 2022 technical highlights are also available in
👉 French and 👉 Spanish


ICD-11 highlights 

  • Conceptual framework independent of language and culture.
  • Multilingual.
  • Integration of terminology and classification.
  • End-to-end digital solution (API, tools, online and offline).
  • Up-to-date scientific knowledge.
  • ICD-11 is accessible to everybody.
  • Open ICD-11 license (distributed under Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 IGO license).
  • ICD-11 enables, for the first time, the counting of traditional medicine encounters.
  • Comparable statistics and semantic interoperability - for 150 years.
  • Codes for antimicrobial resistance, in line with Global Antimicrobial Resistance and Use Surveillance System (GLASS).
  • Codes for full documentation of patient safety, in line with the WHO patient safety framework.
  • Integration with functioning and interventions (ICF & ICHI**).

**International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) & International Classification of Health Interventions (ICHI)

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ICD-11 was specifically designed for the following use cases: 

  • Certification and reporting of causes of death
  • Morbidity coding and reporting including primary care
  • Casemix and Diagnosis-Related Grouping (DRG)
  • Assessing and monitoring the safety, efficacy, and quality of care
  • Cancer registries 
  • Antimicrobial resistance (AMR)
  • Researching and performing clinical trials and epidemiological studies
  • Assessing functioning 
  • Coding traditional medicine conditions
  • Interoperability standard in  WHO Digital Guidelines and for Digital Documentation of COVID-19 Certificates (DDCC)
  • Clinical documentation 
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 ICD-11 key features

  • The eleventh revision contains around 17 000 unique codes,  more than 120 000 codable terms and is now entirely digital.
  • Smart coding algorithm: Now interprets more than 1.6 million terms.
  • State of the art Coding tool: Easily codes all detail.
  • Digital reference guide.
  • ICD-11 Download area: Include spreadsheets, pdf version, mapping tables, updates, list of codes that should not be used alone and more.
  • Multilingual integrated API.
  • Multilingual Browser and Coding tool.
  • Offline functionality.
  • Local deployment options for ICD-API: Docker, Windows or Linux service.
  • Technical content model reference guide to define and explain the content model used for the WHO Family of Classifications (ICD-11, ICHI  and ICF). 
  • Implementation package to facilitate the transition from outdated ICD-10 to ICD-11. This package can be found on ICD-11 page and includes the Transition and Implementation Guide, ICD-11 Fact Sheet, information on ICD-API web services, ICD-11 self-learning training package, training platform, cause of death analysis tool (ANACoD-3), ICD-11 license and more.

To submit questions and suggestions related to ICD-11 contact

WHO remains committed to supporting all countries as they move towards implementing and scaling-up ICD-11.


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