“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 were at the heart of the development of Paralympic classification.
Final version approved by the General Assembly
The IPC Classification Committee and the IPC Governing Board have considered all feedback and drafted the final version of the 2015 Athlete Classification Code and International Standards. The General Assembly has approved the 2015 Athlete Classification Code in November. The 2015 Athlete Classification Code is supplemented by International Standards that provide the technical and operational requirements for Classification. As these are operational in nature they may require change from time to time by the IPC Governing Board.
Third consultation round 2015
The IPC received more than 1,260 comments from 39 respondents to the Code during the third consultation round (February – April 2015). All feedback that was submitted is available in this round three IPC Classification Code feedback document.
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). The IPC Classification Committee and the IPC Governing Board considered all feedback and drafted a second version of the revised Code and International Standards.
First consultation round 2013
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.