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Classifications, terminologies and standards in the health care system

DIMDI [German Institute of Medical Documentation and Information] publishes official medical classifications and provides additional terminologies and standards for the health care system on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Health [BMG].

Basic Information on Classifications (PDF, 210 kB)


Diagnoses for medical purposes

Alpha-ID is a non-classifying encoding system for diagnostic terms. It can also be used for medical documentation, because no information is lost in the encoding. more »



The Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical (ATC) classification system divides active ingredients into groups according to their place of action and their characteristics and contains a defined daily dose (DDD) for each active ingredient. more »

EDMA IVD Classification

In-vitro diagnostic

The German information system on medicinal devices uses the IVD classification of EDMA (European Diagnostic Manufacturers Association) to encode in-vitro diagnostic medical devices. more »


Diagnoses for health administration

The International Statistical Classification of Diseases, German Modification (ICD-10-GM) is the official classification for diagnoses in outpatient and inpatient health care in Germany. more »


Causes of death

The International Statistical Classification of Diseases by the WHO (ICD-10-WHO) is an official classification of diagnoses, in Germany mainly used to encode causes of death. more »


In parallel to the further development of ICD-10 of WHO, work has been going on internationally on a fundamental Eleventh Revision. more »


Tumour diseases

ICD-O-3 is a classification for neoplasms. Its topographical code encodes the site of the neoplasm, the histological code its cell profile and biological behaviour. more »


Disability and functioning

The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) is used to describe functional health status and social impairment. more »


Laboratory tests and other findings

Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC) is an internationally recognised system for the encoding of medical tests, particularly laboratory tests. more »



Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) is a medical thesaurus for the indexing of documents, books etc. The Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) is a bioscience metathesaurus. more »


Identification of objects

Object Identifiers (OID) are internationally recognised number sequences for the unique identification of objects in the electronic exchange of data. more »


German procedural classification

The German procedural classification (OPS - Operationen- und Prozedurenschlüssel) is used to encode surgical and medical procedures in inpatient and outpatient care. more »


Medical measurements

The Unified Code for Units of Measure (UCUM) is a code system of standardised codes for measurement units used in medicine and pharmacy. more »


Medical products

The Universal Medical Device Nomenclature System (UMDNS) is used for the standardised encoding of medical products in accordance with the German Medical Products Act (MPG). more »