Body structure code (ICF 2001) AN[NNNN]

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Value Domain
METeOR identifier:320644
Registration status:Health, Standard 29/11/2006
Disability, Standard 13/08/2015
Community Services (retired), Standard 16/10/2006

A code set representing the Body Structures component of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF 2001).

Context:Human functioning and disability.

Representational attributes

Classification scheme:International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health 2001
Representation class:Code
Data type:String
Maximum character length:6

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:

This metadata item contributes to the definition of the concept disability and gives an indication of the experience of disability for a person.

Data can be collected at the three digit level in one chapter and at the chapter level in another. However it is only possible to collect data at a single level of the hierarchy in a single chapter to maintain mutual exclusivity. For example, it is not permitted to collect both 'Skin and related structures' (chapter level) and 'Structure of nails' (3 digit level) as the former includes the latter.

The value domain below refers to the highest hierarchical level (ICF chapter level). Data collected at this level, in association with respective qualifiers (Impairment extent code N, Impairment nature code N, Impairment location code N) will use the codes as indicated.

CODE s1     Structures of the nervous system
CODE s2     The eye, ear and related structures
CODE s3     Structures involved in voice and speech
CODE s4     Structures of the cardiovascular, immunological and respiratory systems
CODE s5     Structures related to the digestive, metabolic and endocrine systems
CODE s6     Structures related to the genitourinary and reproductive systems
CODE s7     Structures related to movement
CODE s8     Skin and related structures

Data collected at this level will provide a general description of the structures and can only be compared with data collected at the same level.

Each chapter contains categories at different levels ordered from general to detailed. For more detailed information the user should follow the structure of the ICF; the codes should be drawn from the same hierarchical level within any particular chapter. The full range of permissible values together with definitions is listed in the Body Structures component of the ICF.

An example of a value domain at the 3 digit level from the Structures of the nervous system chapter may include:

CODE s110   Structure of the brain
CODE s120   Spinal cord and related structures
CODE s130   Structure of the meninges
CODE s140   Structure of sympathetic nervous system
CODE s150   Structure of parasympathetic nervous system
CODE s198   Structure of the nervous system, other specified
CODE s199   Structure of the nervous system, unspecified

An example of a value domain at the 4 digit level from the Structures related to movement chapter may include:

CODE s7300   Structure of upper arm
CODE s7301   Structure of forearm
CODE s7302   Structure of hand
CODE s7500   Structure of thigh
CODE s7501   Structure of lower leg
CODE s7502   Structure of ankle and foot
CODE s7600   Structure of vertebral column

The prefix s denotes the domains within the component of Body Structures.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Australian Institute of Health and Welfare which is the Australian Collaborating Centre for the World Health Organization Family of International Classifications.

WHO 2001. ICF: International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health. Geneva: WHO

AIHW 2003. ICF Australian User Guide Version 1.0. Canberra: AIHW

Reference documents:

Further information on the ICF, including more detailed codes, can be found in the ICF itself and the ICF Australian User Guide (AIHW 2003), at the following websites:


Relational attributes

Related metadata references:

Supersedes Body structures code (ICF 2001) N[NNNN] Community Services (retired), Superseded 16/10/2006

Data elements implementing this value domain:

Person—body structure, code (ICF 2001) AN[NNNN] Health, Standard 29/11/2006
Disability, Standard 13/08/2015
Community Services (retired), Standard 16/10/2006