The OPCS Classification of Interventions and Procedures (OPCS-4) is a Fundamental Information Standard which is revised periodically. The classification is used by Health Care Providers and national and regional ORGANISATIONS.
OPCS-4 is used to support operational and strategic planning, resource utilisation, performance management, reimbursement, research and epidemiology. It is used by NHS suppliers to build/update software to support NHS business functions and interoperability.
The classification consists of two volumes; Tabular List and Alphabetical Index. It is accessible in the Classifications Browser at https://classbrowser.nhs.uk which also contains links to the National Clinical Coding Standards.
The classification is also available for purchase in paper format from The Stationary Office at www.tsoshop.co.uk
|Year||Version of OPCS-4*|
|Up to 31 March 2006||OPCS-4.2|
|01-Apr-2006 to 31-Mar-2007||OPCS-4.3|
|01-Apr-2007 to 31-Mar-2009||OPCS-4.4|
|01-Apr-2009 to 31-Mar-2011||OPCS-4.5|
|01-Apr-2011 to 31-Mar-2014||OPCS-4.6|
|01-Apr-2014 to 31-Mar-2017||OPCS-4.7|
|01-Apr-2017 to 31-Mar-2020||OPCS-4.8|
|01-Apr-2020 to 31-Mar-2023||OPCS-4.9|
|01-Apr-2023 until further notification||OPCS-4.10|
*Tables of Coding Equivalences are issued for mapping back to previous versions and are available from Technology Reference Update Distribution (TRUD).
OPCS-4 Requests Portal
The OPCS-4 Requests Portal allows stakeholders to submit change requests to the Terminology and Classifications Delivery Service all year round. A cut-off date for receipt of change requests for consideration in the next release is published on the Requests Portal. Requests received after the cut-off date will be considered in a subsequent release.
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