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Classification Code Review

“We encourage everyone to think outside of the box and to design the future of Paralympic Classification together with us.”

The IPC Classification Code provides rules and procedures for Paralympic classification that should be common to all sports. With this, sport-specific classification systems are developed with support from scientific evidence. It was adopted by the IPC Governing Board in 2007 and applies to all sports in the Paralympic Movement.

In 2013, the IPC launched a consultation process to revise the existing Code.

What is the Code review?

After six years of working with the Code, The IPC Governing Board initiated proposed amendments to the Code (and International Standards) in accordance with article 17.6. A review round was initiated in June 2013, encouraging athletes, IPC member organisations, classifiers, officials and other interested stakeholders to suggest changes to the current Code.

By contributing to the Code review, stakeholders are at the heart of the future development of Paralympic classification.

Second consultation round 2014

The IPC received more than 1,700 comments from 50 respondents to the Code during the second consultation round (July-October 2014). All feedback that was submitted is available in the round two IPC Classification Code feedback document found on this page.

The IPC Classification Committee and the IPC Governing Board will consider all feedback and draft a second version of the revised Code and International Standards to be released in February 2015.

The final version of the revised Code will be presented by the IPC Governing Board as a motion at the 2015 IPC General Assembly (November 2015), and the new Code will take effect on 1 January 2017.

Feedback first consultation round

The IPC received more than 750 comments on the Code in total from the first consultation round (June-September 2013). The IPC Classification Committee and the IPC Governing Board considered all feedback and drafted a first version of the revised Code and International Standards. The draft one Code and International Standards are available from the links on this page.

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