Seventy-second World Health Assembly (WHA72) opened Monday, 20 May 2019

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The Seventy-second World Health Assembly (WHA72) opened this morning, in Geneva. This year’s Assembly runs from Monday 20 — Tuesday 28 May.

WHA72 website and Documents page

Daily live webcasts

Official Twitter hashtag: #WHA72

“The World Health Assembly is the decision-making body of WHO. It is attended by delegations from all WHO Member States and focuses on a specific health agenda prepared by the Executive Board. The main functions of the World Health Assembly are to determine the policies of the Organization, appoint the Director-General, supervise financial policies, and review and approve the proposed programme budget. The Health Assembly is held annually in Geneva, Switzerland.”

 

A Daily Journal is posted each morning (links for the Daily Journals are on the left of the WHA72 website and Documents page).

Daily Journal N° 1 | Programme of meetings for Monday, 20 May 2019

Daily Journal N° 2 | Programme of meetings for Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Daily Journal N° 3 | Programme of meetings for Wednesday 22 May 2019

Daily Journal N° 4 | Programme of meetings for Thursday, 23 May 2019

Daily Journal N° 5 | Programme of meetings for Friday, 24 May 2019

Daily Journal N° 6 | Programme of meetings for Saturday, 25 May 2019

Daily Journal N° 7 | Programme of meetings for Monday, 27 May 2019

Daily Journal N° 8 | Programme of meetings for Tuesday, 28 May 2019

 

Presentation of ICD-11 MMS for WHA adoption

The Eleventh revision of the International Classification of Diseases is listed as Item 12.7 under Item 12 Other technical matters and is the purview of Committee A.

Item 12.7 is currently expected to be reached on Saturday, 25 May.

Note: Item 12.7 is now 3rd item on Committee A Agenda for Saturday, 25 May. 

Extract Page 5, Daily Journal N° 5:

Live streaming of the Tenth Meeting of Committee A should be available via the webcast page on Saturday 25 May from 9:00 Geneva time. I shall be watching the segment for Item 12.7 when this is reached and will report on any significant discussions, decisions or amendments to the Draft Resolution recommending adoption of the ICD-11 MMS.

(Webcasts for Plenary, Committee A and Committee B meetings will be available for 3 months.)

 

The two key documents for Item 12.7 Eleventh revision of the International Classification of Diseases are:

A72/29 
Eleventh revision of the International Classification of Diseases
Report by the Director-General

and

A72/29 Add.1
Eleventh revision of the International Classification of Diseases
Draft Resolution

 

Draft resolution for consideration by Committee A:

Page 1:

Page 2:

The 72nd Assembly closes on Tuesday, 28 May. Finalization of Committee A resolutions and reports is scheduled for the final day:

 

There are in the region of 55,000 codes in the Eleventh Edition of ICD compared with around 14,400 in ICD-10.

It is anticipated that some Member States and other bodies may continue to raise concerns over specific controversial additions, for example, the inclusion of Gaming disorder. There have also been statements of concern lodged by some Member States regarding the proposed timelines for adoption of ICD-11 and transitional arrangements.

I will update with any significant discussions or amendments to the draft resolution as it currently stands and will post the finalized reports and ICD-11 resolution, when these become available.

 

The Blue ICD-11 MMS platform:

The WHO released a stable version of the ICD-11 for Mortality and Morbidity Statistics (ICD-11 MMS) in June 2018 as a pre-implementation version to enable Member States to begin the process of evaluation, consultations, training, translations and preparing for eventual transition to the new edition.

This initial release was replaced with an updated release in December 2018. The December 2018 version was replaced by a further stable release, in April 2019.

The current release is dated Version : 04 / 2019: https://icd.who.int/browse11/l-m/en

It is unclear whether Version : 04 / 2019 is the version being recommended for adoption on Saturday 25 May, or whether the MMS will be updated this week to reflect the most recent content of the Orange Maintenance Platform, then frozen for presentation next Saturday. If WHO does issue a further release of the Blue Platform, this week, I will update this report.

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Draft Resolution for recommendation of adoption and endorsement of ICD-11 at May 2019 World Health Assembly

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An update on World Health Organization (WHO) Executive Board and World Health Assembly (WHA) business:

The 144th Session (EB144) of the World Health Organization Executive Board took place in Geneva between 24 January — 1 February 2019.

Executive Board 144th Session website

“The Executive Board is composed of 34 individuals technically qualified in the field of health, each one designated by a Member State elected to do so by the World Health Assembly. Member States are elected for three-year terms.

“The Board meets at least twice a year; the main meeting is normally in January, with a second shorter meeting in May, immediately after the Health Assembly. The main functions of the Executive Board are to give effect to the decisions and policies of the Health Assembly, to advise it and generally to facilitate its work.”

These January Executive Board meetings generate a considerable number of documents. Documentation is available from this page EB144 Meeting Documents.

Key document for Recommendation for Adoption of ICD-11 at WHA72:

World Health Organization, EXECUTIVE BOARD 144th Session

Provisional agenda item 5.9

EB144/22 12 December 2018

Eleventh revision of the International Classification of Diseases

Report by the Director-General

On p10 (Item 53), the Executive Board was invited to consider a draft resolution.

Below is the document containing the text of the draft resolution with proposed amendments from Member States inserted in bold text:

World Health Organization, EXECUTIVE BOARD 144th Session

Agenda item 5.9

EB144/CONF./9 31 January 2019

Eleventh revision of the International Classification of Diseases

Draft resolution proposed by the Secretariat with amendments from Member States

World Health Assembly

The 72nd World Health Assembly takes place this month, in Geneva, from 20 — 28 May 2019.

“The World Health Assembly is the decision-making body of WHO. It is attended by delegations from all WHO Member States and focuses on a specific health agenda prepared by the Executive Board. The main functions of the World Health Assembly are to determine the policies of the Organization, appoint the Director-General, supervise financial policies, and review and approve the proposed programme budget. The Health Assembly is held annually in Geneva, Switzerland.”

72nd World Health Assembly (WHA72)

Documentation page for WHA72

Two key documents for Recommendation for Adoption of ICD-11 at WHA72:

WHO SEVENTY-SECOND WORLD HEALTH ASSEMBLY

Provisional agenda item 12.7 

A72/29 4 April 2019

Eleventh revision of the International Classification of Diseases

Report by the Director-General

Extract:

“1. The Executive Board at its 144th session considered an earlier version of this report,¹ containing a draft resolution.² The Board noted the report but agreed to suspend consideration of the draft resolution so that informal consultations could be held during the intersessional period prior to the Seventy-second World Health Assembly. A separate report will be submitted to provide details of the outcome of the consultations.³”


1 Document EB144/22.
2 See the summary records of the Executive Board at its 144th session, eleventh meeting and twelfth meeting, section 1.
3 Document A72/29 Add.1.

and the revised Draft Resolution on ICD-11:

Provisional agenda item 12.7 

A72/29 Add.111 April 2019

Extract:

“1. In line with the course of action agreed by the Executive Board at its 144th session in January 2019,¹ the Secretariat convened informal consultations during the intersessional period in respect of a draft resolution on the eleventh revision of the International Classification of Diseases. The consultations took place in Geneva on 22 February, 7 March and 21 March 2019. The three sessions enabled the draft resolution to be revised.”


1 Document A72/29.

Should any additional documents relating to the presentation of ICD-11 for recommendation for adoption be posted on the WHA72 documents page I will update this post.

The most recent release of the ICD-11 MMS version for preparation for implementation, Coding tool, Reference Guide and additional materials can be viewed here:

ICD-11 for Mortality and Morbidity Statistics (Version : 04 / 2019)

If adopted, endorsement would not come into effect until 1 January 2022.

 

Information session on ICD-11 slides

Document EB144/22 (Report by the Director-General) included a link for slides from a presentation given by Dr Robert Jakob, Team Leader, WHO, Geneva, Classifications, Terminologies and Standards:

Presentation slides (Dr Robert Jakob, November 2018):

Information session on ICD-11

I have been unable to find a transcript or video for this presentation. The slides include an overview of the structure of ICD-11, timelines for preparation for adoption, overview of proposed draft resolution, implementation package, post-endorsement maintenance and update process etc.

Slide 20/31:

Slide #22 notes outcomes of several CSAC and MSAC reviews and decisions, including the decision in November 2018 to retain the ICD-10 G93.3 entities (Postviral fatigue syndrome; Benign myalgic encephalomyelitis; Chronic fatigue syndrome) in the Diseases of the nervous system chapter [1][2]:

Slide 22/31:

References:

1 ICD-11 proposal submitted by Dr Tarun Dua on November 06, 2017; Processed on November 19, 2018

2 WHO’s rejection of Dr Tarun Dua’s proposal of November 06, 2017

3 For status of proposals for PVFS, BME and CFS see Post #350: ICD-11: Recently processed proposals for Postviral fatigue syndrome, ME, CFS; Fatigue; and Bodily distress disorder

and PDF: Recently processed ICD-11 proposals v3

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