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ICD-11 2023 release

Submitted by admin on 16 February 2023

The ICD-11 is the latest version of the World Health Organization's International Classification of Diseases (ICD), and it has many applications in health and medicine. It is used to gather national and international health statistics, such as mortality and morbidity.

ICD-11 also allows medical professionals to track individual patient records, electronic health records, and reimbursement and health system financing. It serves as a reference for treatment guidelines, scientific literature, and research.

What is new in ICD-11 2023 release?

The 2023 ICD-11 release is further enhancing and leveraging the advantages of ICD-11's state-of-the-art coding system, and multilingual access for better health information. 

Here is a rundown of all the changes that are coming your way with this 2023 yearly release of ICD-11:

The 2023 release is the result of extensive input from early adopters, translators, scientists, and partners with over 500 proposals processed since 2022. 

The maintenance platform has been upgraded with enhancements in the proposal mechanism such as support for proposals for the reference guide and enhancements in the translation platform that allows better tracking of the status of translations

ICD-11 isn't just changing medical coding it's making healthcare more accessible to everyone. ICD-11 is helping us move towards better health on a global scale and better use of resources, no matter where we are in the world.

ICD-11 is multilingual. All tools and APIs are available in the released languages. You may access the ICD-11 multilingual browser using the below links
RussianSpanish and Turkish.  
23 more languages are underway!

ICD-11 2023 release has improved coding support. ICD-11 mapping tables have been updated for more accuracy, and added more postcoordination options with increased terminology visualization, giving you more ways to explore ICD-11's Foundation. ICD-11 now has more granularity with the postcoordinated extension codes, so you can get even more specific when adding attributes to ICD-11 terms. 

ICD-11 2023 release includes content updates such as the list of current COVID-19 vaccines and SARS-COV-2 subtypes. ICD-11 has also been updated with a name change "mpox". Following a series of consultations with global experts, WHO will begin using this new preferred term “mpox” as a synonym for monkeypox. Both names will be used simultaneously for one year while “monkeypox” is phased out (More information).


ICD-11's reference guide has been updated with feedback from translators and users and is available online, so you can get further guidance on ICD-11 including morbidity and mortality coding rules. You can also find ICD-11's terms of use online at, and you can download ICD-11 updates and earlier releases from the info menu in the ICD-11 Browser.

The mortality and morbidity special tabulation lists are released online, and now there's a new electronic platform available that makes editing these lists even easier. Plus, it opens up the possibility of getting access to other special tabulations that weren't as feasible before.

Highlight for IT experts: the ICD-API version includes the "Digital Open Rule Integrated cause of death selection" or DORIS's algorithms that can be directly deployed in electronic Medical Certification of Cause of Death or eMCCD systems from the API (Pre-release).

“ICD-11: Better Health with Better Information”

ICD-11 is for countries by countries. Currently 64 Member States are in different stages of ICD-11 implementation. The 2023 ICD-11 release features including content updates, tooling improvements and additional language versions will support member states in the implementation and scale up of ICD-11.  

ICD-11 is in effect since January 2022 for national and international recording and reporting of causes of illness, death - and more.

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