IASP ICD-11 task force completes 2 important tasks

Mar 1, 2019

Since its inception in 2013, the IASP International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) Task Force has completed two important strategic tasks: develop a pain classification consistent with ICD-11 logic and submit this classification to WHO for inclusion in ICD-11 (published by WHO on June 18, 2018). A collection of articles outlining the pain classification will be published in PAIN in January 2019.

Rolf-Detlef Treede, Dr. med (Germany) is the co-chair of the IASP ICD-11 Task Force and IASP liaison to the World Health Organization (WHO). He recently represented IASP at a meeting of the the WHO Medical Scientific Advisory Committee for ICD-11 (MSAC), which was part of the WHO-FIC conference in Seoul, Korea.

Current and future proposals for changes to ICD-11 will undergo a peer review system, where MSAC is the editorial board and reviewers are recruited from previous Topical Advisory Groups (TAG); for chronic pain this would be the IASP ICD-11 Task Force. Dr. Treede reports that when WHO officials review a proposal for modification of ICD-11, they consider cited evidence and consensus opinions from trusted sources as major determinants. The IASP ICD-11 Task Force is such a trusted source.