ICD refers to the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems produced by the World Health Organization (WHO). It is the international standard for collection of health statistics.

The ICD is part of a 'family' of WHO classifications - more information about the other classifications and the WHO - Family of International Classifications Network (WHO-FIC) can be found here.

The ICD is used to classify diseases and other health related problems recorded on many types of health and vital records including death certificates. In addition to enabling the storage and retrieval of diagnostic information for clinical, epidemiological and quality purposes, these records also provide the basis for the compilation of national mortality and morbidity statistics by WHO Member States.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) is the Australian Collaborating Centre (ACC) for the WHO Family of International Classifications (WHO-FIC). Information about the role of the ACC for the WHO-FIC can be found here.

The WHO released an implementation version of ICD-11 in May 2018 with plans to submit the classification to the World Health Assembly for approval in May 2019. The last updates to ICD-10 were approved at the annual WHO-FIC meeting in Mexico City in October 2017 which means ICD-10 will no longer be maintained by WHO. Due to our development cycle for ICD-10-AM, the WHO-FIC, ICD-10 2017 updates have not yet been incorporated into ICD-10-AM.

WHO is now maintaining and updating ICD-11 through proposals received on the ICD-11 proposal platform and will review these through the WHO-FIC Classification and Statistics Advisory Committee (CSAC) which has replaced the previous Update and Revision Committee (URC) process. The CSAC consists of members from collaborating centres around the world including from Australia. More information on ICD-11 can be found here.

ACCD team members have many years of experience and contacts in the international field of health classifications and is therefore well placed to inform the continual refinement and maintenance of ICD-10-AM/ACHI/ACS using international best practice methods.