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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Question for Department of Health

UIN HL6136, tabled on 16 March 2017

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord O’Shaughnessy on 7 March (HL5683), whether the proposal submitted for chronic fatigue, for which there is no current classification, includes the current classification for G93.3 – post-viral fatigue syndrome and benign myalgic encephalomyelitis; and whether it is intended that those definitions will be included in ICD 11 under neurological conditions.

Answered on

28 March 2017

The World Health Organization (WHO) has reaffirmed with NHS Digital that the proposal submitted on the ICD-11 platform for chronic fatigue is currently with the relevant groups of the organisation to consider the scientifically-based placement in the classification. We understand that the WHO are still reviewing this matter and expect that the next iteration of ICD-11, expected in April 2017, will reflect the WHO’s conclusions.

Answered by

Department of Health and Social Care