Comments now being accepted for DSM-5 and ICD-11

DSM-5 scheduled for release in May 2013; ICD-11 to be released in 2015

By Practice Research and Policy staff

May 24, 2012—APA members have the opportunity to comment on two important classifications that are under revision, the DSM-5 and the ICD-11.


A new edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), published by the American Psychiatric Association, will be released in May 2013. The psychiatric organization is now accepting comments on the most recent drafts.

This is the third and final opportunity to provide public comment. The comment period is open until June 15, 2012. A previous version of the proposed draft criteria was open for review and public comment until April 20, 2010 after which field trials were conducted in academic and large medical centers and in clinical practice settings.

Final versions of the draft will be put forth for review and approval by the Board of Trustees of the American Psychiatric Association later in 2012. Following this period the site will remain viewable with the draft proposals until DSM-5’s publication.

Read a detailed list of updates to proposed revisions of DSM-5.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) publishes the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) to ensure the public health community as a whole can refer to diseases and health conditions in a consistent way.

The ICD-9 CM is the official ICD diagnosis code set in use in the United States. It has been proposed that beginning October 1, 2014, all entities, including health care providers, covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) must convert to using the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code sets. (This date has not yet been finalized. Additional information will be published on Practice Central as it becomes available.)

ICD-11 will be released in 2015. The US code set will be eventually upgraded to ICD-11 through an updating system that brings ICD-10-CM more in line with ICD-11. The World Health Organization is offering the opportunity to comment on the base classification of ICD-11.

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For additional information about the DSM-5 and ICD-11 revisions, contact the Practice Research and Policy department at (202) 336-5911 or email.