Asia Pac Allergy.  2015 Oct;5(4):193-196. 10.5415/apallergy.2015.5.4.193.

Making allergic and hypersensitivity conditions visible in the International Classification of Diseases-11

  • 1Hospital Sírio Libanês, São Paulo 01308-050, Brazil.
  • 2University Hospital of Montpellier, Montpellier 34090, Paris, France.
  • 3Sorbonne Universités, UPMC Paris 06, UMR-S 1136, IPLESP, Equipe EPAR, 75013, Paris, France.
  • 4Section of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Imperial College London, National Heart and Lung Institute, Royal Brompton Hospital, London SW3 6NP, United Kingdom.


Understanding that the International Classification of Diseases (ICD)-11 revision would be an opportunity to standardize the code definitions for all allergic and hypersensitivity conditions, an international collaboration of Allergy Academies, including first the World Allergy Organization, the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology and the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, has been coordinating tremendous efforts since 2013 to provide a better classification of these disorders in the new ICD-11. During this process, a strategic action plan has been constructed to keep bilateral dialog with representatives of the ICD revision by providing them scientific and technical evidences for the need of changes in the ICD framework. As a major achievement of this process, was the construction of the "allergic and hypersensitivity conditions" parented subchapter guided by the World Health Organization ICD representatives and further supported by three more regional allergy societies: the Latin American Society of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the American College of Allergy Asthma and Immunology, and the Asia Pacific Association of Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology. Believing that the outcomes of all past and future actions will impact positively to the Allergy specialty, we expect for the full approval by the United Nations in 2017.


Allergy; Allergic Diseases; Hypersensitivity; Classification; International Classification of Diseases; World Health Organization
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