ICD-10-GM - History and Outlook

ICD-10-GM is a version of ICD-10-WHO adapted to the specific requirements of the German health care system. Updating is currently done annually on the basis of a national proposal procedure directed by the DIMDI and under consideration of updates to ICD-10-WHO. The Alphabetical Index to ICD-10-GM has developed from the ICD diagnostic thesaurus of the Central Research Institute of Ambulatory Health Care in Germany (ZI). It is adapted according to the changes to the Tabular List.

Version History

This overview shows the periods of validity and areas of application for different versions of ICD-10-GM; in addition, it may also contain a reference to the publication in the Federal Gazette of the date that the version became effective.

ICD-10-WHO adaptation

ICD-10-GM is a version of ICD-10-WHO adapted to the specific requirements of the German health care system; until and including 2003, it was known as ICD-10-SBG-V. The adaptation took place in two steps; compatibility with ICD-10-WHO was maintained.

Further development of ICD-10-GM

ICD-10-GM is continuously refined in accordance with the requirements of its application; at present, a new version is published annually. Updating is currently done on the basis of a national proposal procedure directed by the DIMDI and under consideration of updates to ICD-10-WHO.

ICD-10 Thesaurus of diagnostic terms (IDT)

The Alphabetical Index to ICD-10-GM has developed from ICD Thesaurus of diagnostic terms of the Central Research Institute of Ambulatory Health Care in Germany (ZI). Each year, it is adapted in accordance to the changes to the Tabular Index.

A brief historical review: From ILCD to ICD-10

ICD-10 has a long history. From a register restricted only to fatal diseases, it has developed into an index of diseases and related health problems.