ICD-10-AM/ACHI/ACS development

The following products are used in New Zealand:

  • ICD-10-AM – The International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, Tenth Revision, Australian Modification consists of a Tabular List of Diseases and an accompanying Alphabetic Index.
  • ACHI – Australian Classification of Health Interventions consists of a Tabular List of Interventions and accompanying Alphabetic Index.
  • ACS – The Australian Coding Standards is a list of standards used in conjunction with ICD-10-AM and ACHI to optimise accurate and consistent application of the classification in clinical coding practice.

The Ministry of Health, in consultation with district health boards (DHBs) and a wide range of external stakeholders, determines the timing of classification upgrades in New Zealand.

New Zealand upgraded to ICD-10-AM/ACHI/ACS 8th Edition 1 July 2014, which was one year after Australia updgraded.

The following table shows the implementation dates of ICD-10-AM/ACHI/ACS in New Zealand:

New Zealand implementation dates
Date of Implementation ICD-10-AM/ACHI/ACS Editions
01/07/1999 1st Edition
01/07/2001 2nd Edition
01/07/2004 3rd Edition
01/07/2008 6th Edition
01/07/2014 8th Edition

If you require further information about the development, use and implementation of ICD-10-AM/ACHI/ACS in New Zealand please email: coding_helpdesk@moh.govt.nz

ICD-10-AM Upgrade

The classification provider National Centre for Classification in Health (NCCH) was responsible for producing and updating the ICD-10-AM/ACHI/ACS classification products from First through to Seventh Edition in Australia under contract to The Australian Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA).

The provider responsible for developing and producing ICD-10-AM/ACHI/ACS 8th Edition was the National Casemix and Classification Centre.

The National Centre for Classification in Health (NCCH) is responsible for development of the 9th and 10th Editions of the ICD-10-AM/ACHI/ACS and AR-DRG classifications. For the NCCH website click here

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