Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11)

Even though chronic pain affects an estimated 20 percent of people worldwide and accounts for nearly one-fifth of physician visits, it is represented in the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) in a highly unsystematic manner. One way to ensure that chronic pain receives greater attention as a global health priority is to improve the diagnostic classification.

In response to this need, IASP has created an international task force of pain experts headed by President Rolf-Detlef Treede that in close cooperation with the World Health Organization has developed a proposal for a systematic and pragmatic classification of chronic pain. The goal is to create a classification system for the upcoming 11th revision of the ICD that is equally useful in primary care and in settings for specialized pain management.


ICD-11 Timeline

October 8-12, 2016 Health Information in the New Era: ICD-11 Revision Conference, in Tokyo. Information about meeting registration, accommodations, and other details will be available on the meeting website soon.

May 2018 Present the ICD-11 to the World Health Assembly.