About ICNP

The International Classification for Nursing Practice (ICNP) provides an agreed set of terms that can be used to record the observations and interventions of nurses across the world. ICNP also provides a framework for sharing data about nursing and for comparing nursing practice across settings. There are a number of benefits associated with the use of ICNP.



ICNP is supported by a number of translators and international research and development centres. The research and development centres help with the development of ICNP by reviewing new concept submissions, developing catalogues and supporting ICNP implementation.

There are a number of resources to support the development and implementation of ICNP:

Translation Guidelines

Guidelines for Catalogue Development

Technical Implementation Guide


ICN has signed an agreement with SNOMED International in order for the ICNP to be managed, produced, released and distributed by that organisation while ICN continues to retain ownership and define its content. This will enable us to reach many more users across the world! Click here to read the press release.

The future of ICNP

Questions and answers on the agreement with SNOMED