The Standardisation Steering Committee (SSC) establishes terminology and methodology in the International Continence Society’s areas of activity, to underpin professional standards of clinical management and research.
The value of the SSC is in promoting best standards when clinicians and allied professionals communicate with patients and colleagues, undertake diagnostic tests, proceed to therapeutic interventions and undertake research. Precise use of agreed terminology ensures clear understanding for collaborating centres and readers of publications. Adherence to the diagnostic testing standards gives patients and clinical colleagues confidence that conclusions on which important therapeutic decisions are based are reliable. Development of future insights into mechanisms and treatments of the disease areas relevant to the ICS is enhanced where research studies employ internationally-standardised approaches.
ICS Terminology Glossary
Core Terminology reports are now integrated within the new ICS heirarchical terminology database giving instant access to all ICS terms and definitions: Explore the Terminology Glossary Database
Current ICS Reports
- Lower Urinary Tract Function in Children and Adolescents, Austin, 2015
- Urodynamic Equipment Performance (Guideline), Gammie, 2014
- Developing Evidence-Based Standards, Rosier, 2012
- Complications related to native tissue female pelvic floor surgery (Terminology and Clasification), Haylen, 2012
- Reporting Outcomes of Surgical Procedures for Pelvic Organ Prolapse, Toozs-Hobson, 2012
- Complications related directly to the insertion of protheses in female pelvic surgery (Terminology and Classification), Haylen, 2011
- Female Pelvic Floor Dysfunction (Terminology), Haylen, 2010
- Pelvic Floor Muscle Function and Dysfunction (Terminology), Messelink, 2005
- Digital Exchange of Urodynamic Study Data (Standarization), Mastright, 2004
- Urethral Pressure Measurement (Standardisation), Lose, 2002
- Nocturia (Terminology), Van Kerrebroeck, 2002
- Good Urodynamic Practices, Schafer, 2002
- Lower Urinary Tract Function (Terminology), Abrams, 2002
- Bladder ultrasonography (Standardization), Carter, 2001
- Ambulatory Urodynamic Monitoring (Terminology), van Doorn, 2000
- Neurogenic Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunction (Terminology), Stohrer, 1999
- Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunction in Frail and Older People (Outcomes Measures for Research), Fonda 1998
- Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunction in Children (Standardisation and Definitions), Norgaard, 1998
- Outcome Studies in Patients with Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunction, Mattiasson, 1998
- Lower Urinary Tract Function (Standardisation of Terminology), Griffiths, 1997
- Functional Characteristics of Intestinal Reservoirs (Terminology), Thuroff, 1996
- Lower Urinary Tract Rehabilitation Techniques: Seventh Report on the Standardization of Terminology of Lower Urinary Tract Function, Amdersen 1992
ICS Terminology Wiki
Awareness of continence terms and your place for comments.
ICS Wiki is a resource for all people interested in urinary tract and bowel function and dysfunction. It draws together terminology and other resources, giving current agreed definitions. It also provides a perspective and enables all stakeholders to provide comment and participate in debate: Access the ICS Wiki
Active ICS Working Groups
The following ICS working groups are currently active:
* Chronic Pelvic pain - due 2015
* Neurourology - due 2015
* IUGA - ICS Joint Working Group on Conservative Management - due 2016
* IUGA - ICS Joint Working Group on Female ano-rectal function - due 2016
* IUGA - ICS Joint Working Group on Female Pelvic Organ Prolapse - due 2016
* IUGA - ICS Joint Working Group on Sexual Health - due 2016
* Good Urodynamics Practice Review - due 2016
* Basic Science - due 2016
* ICS-ICCS Joint Working Group on Nocturia and Nocturnal enuresis - due 2016
Working Groups Starting soon:
- Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms
- Detrusor Underactivity/Voiding Dysfunction.
- IUGA-ICS Terminology for Imaging in Women with Pelvic Floor Dysfunction.
- Standardisation of Terminology for Incontinence Products; working group of the International Continence Society (ICS).
- Standardisation of Terminology of Lower Urinary Tract Function; working group of the International Continence Society (ICS) and collaborating professional societies to revise the ICS Standard.
- Working to develop and support a programme of development of professional Standardisation documents relating to terminology, diagnostics, clinical management and research in the areas of activity of the ICS
- Undertaking timely revision of Standardisation documents to ensure they retain contemporaneous relevance, assimilating feedback from all stakeholders
- Promoting adherence to Standardisation document recommendations in professional practice of all clinicians and allied professionals working in ICS areas of activity
- Providing regular information on SSC activity to the ICS membership
- Supporting infrastructure for reciprocal and responsive dialogue between the SSC and the ICS membership
- Developing and maintaining a high-quality SSC microsite on the ICSOffice.org website
- Providing advice to the ICS Trustees in relation to policy issues that relate to the SSC activities
- Developing effective working relationships with other ICS Committees and allied organisations outside the ICS
See the SSC’s terms of reference
Methodology of ICS Report Development
For the ever-changing context of modern-day medicine, the revision and initiation of reports is the responsibility of specially-convened Working Groups.
If you wish to propose development of a future report or wish to express your interest in joining a working group, please email Jenny at the ICS Office who will forward it to the Chairperson of the SSC.
For more information see this detailed review of the standardisation report process
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