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Update - Decision Tables for emergency codes U07.1 and U07.2

Mar 25, 2020
The World Health Organisation (WHO) activated the ICD-10 emergency codes U07.1 and U07.2, and assigned them to "COVID-19" cases after consultation with the responsible committee of the WHO Family of International Classification (WHO-FIC) Network.

The new titles of the emergency codes are (note that the previous title of U07.1 has changed twice):

  • U07.1 COVID-19, virus identified
  • U07.2 COVID-19, virus not identified

The Iris Institute developed the following causal relations, taking into account that:

  • public health interest is to give priority to the U07.1 and U07.2 as underlying causes of death (UCOD)
  • the selection rules should not limit the acceptance of sequences reported by certifiers as concerning the consequences of COVID-19

The tables have been prepared by the Iris Core Group on the basis of the current knowledge and they could change following international advice. Iris preserves the codes of COVID-19 (U07.1 and U07.2) in the multiple cause string, so the multiple cause data can be used for the count of certificates mentioning COVID-19.

More over users can check the cases where COVID-19, although mentioned, is not selected as UCOD. There is also the possibility to implement a reject for these cases via the "Dictionary" and/or the "NonConsistentIcdCodes" (NCIC) table.

For more information about the novel corona disease, please visit the WHO website:

You will find the updates for the decision tables here:


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