THE ICD-11 DRAFT IS READY FOR COMMENTS AND CRITICISM

Whilst the United States of America gets ready to transfer from ICD-9 to ICD-10, the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, has been coordinating the gargantuan task of creating an International Classification of Diseases (ICD) fit for the globally connected electronic era we now live in.

Over the past two and a half years, physicians round the world have been collaborating on a brand new and much expanded ICD which, as the 11th Revision (ICD-11), is scheduled for presentation to the World Health Assembly for endorsement in May 2015.

The International League of Dermatological Societies has been generously supporting the Dermatology Topic Advisory Group which was formed to oversee the revision of the skin disease content of ICD. The Group has members from across the globe who have been working for nearly three years on the redesign and expansion of the skin disease content of ICD-11. Many individuals have contributed to the current draft, which is certainly not yet complete. It is, however, now open for comment and criticism. The Co-Chair of the Group, Dr Robert Chalmers, urges all dermatologists to look at their areas of interest to see whether they are adequately and accurately represented. He has said: “This is a once in a generation opportunity to shape the way skin disease is classified in the future." 

To review the current draft of ICD-11 and offer comments, visit http://apps.who.int/classifications/icd11/browse.  You may also contact Dr Chalmers directly at icd11@ilds.org. He would be delighted if individuals or groups were willing to submit disease definitions for specific topic areas where these are not yet in place.  To read more about the project click here.

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