Classifying Aging as a Disease via ICD-11

In 2017 we submitted aproposal to the 11th round of revision for the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Diseases system (the main disease classification system used by the majority of developed nations) to classify ageing as a disease based on existing clinical evidence of the causal mechanisms underlying aging and the effectiveness of various interventions in modulating those causal mechanisms. The classification of aging as a disease is a necessary prerequisite for the clinical evaluation and approval of any future healthspan extending therapy, and the results of our proposal are still being considered by the WHO.