Occupational health in the 11th revision of the International Classification of Diseases
Dr Ivan D. Ivanov, Scientist, Occupational Health team, Interventions for Healthy Environments, WHO Geneva firstname.lastname@example.org
The WHO Global Plan of Action on Workers' Health endorsed with Resolution WHA60.26 from 2007 requests WHO to determine international exposure and diagnostic criteria for early detection of occupational diseases and to include occupational causes of diseases in the eleventh revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems. In the meantime ILO with input from WHO updated in 2010 the International List of Occupational Diseases. A comparative analysis of the ICD10 and the new ILO list of Occupational Disease demonstrated a relative high level of harmonization and identified items that need further consideration in the 11th revision of ICD.
For this purpose, the WHO Global Occupational Health Programme with input from the Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Occupational Health established a working group provide occupational health input to the 11th Revision of ICD. The tasks of the working group are to prepare proposals and definitions for occupational health items to be included in ICD11, to provide occupational health advice in the piloting of the beta version and to develop a specialty adaptation of ICD for occupational health practice. Furthermore, the working group will provide support to the WHO's work on the diagnostic and exposure criteria for occupational diseases to be developed jointly with ILO.
The working group is much needed and useful instrument to foster international collaboration on occupational diseases and occupational medicine. Anil Adisesh (UK) is chair, members are: Linda Forst (USA), Claudio Colosio (Italy), Julietta Rodriguez Guzman (Colombia), Danuta Kielkowski (South Africa, P.K. Nag (India), Zhang Min (China), Eun A Kim (Republic of Korea), Shengli Niu (ILO) and Ivan Ivanov (WHO).
The first meeting of the working group was organized on 24 and 25 February at WHO Headquarters in Geneva with the kind support of the US National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.