ICD-11 Guidelines

About the Guidelines

GCP.Network members have the opportunity to review and comment on draft Clinical Descriptions and Diagnostic Guidelines for ICD-11 Mental and Behavioural Disorders, due to be finalized in 2017, prior to the approval of the ICD-11 by the World Health Assembly in May, 2018. The draft guidelines, which you can view by clicking below, have been developed by Working Groups appointed by the WHO Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, and report to the International Advisory Group for the Revision of ICD-10 Mental and Behavioural Disorders. 

We welcome your feedback and comments regarding how these draft guidelines can be improved, particularly in terms of their clarity and applicability in clinical, research, educational, and administrative settings. (Instructions on how to provide feedback are located on the pages containing the draft guidelines.) Comments made via this platform will be submitted to the ICD-11 Working Groups responsible for specific areas and to the WHO Secretariat, so that they can be taken into consideration prior to finalization of the guidelines.

Four important caveats should be kept in mind when reviewing these draft guidelines:

  1. These draft guidelines include the Essential (Required) Features, Boundaries with Other Disorders and Normality, and Additional Features sections. Additional sections (e.g., Culture-Related Features) will be posted when completed.
  2. These draft guidelines are NOT final. Additional changes will be based on findings from the currently ongoing field studies as well as in response to feedback and comments submitted.
  3. These guidelines have not been approved by WHO.
  4. The code numbers that are listed alongside the disorder titles are preliminary and subject to change. They are not be used for coding or reporting purposes for any reason.