HL7 Terminology
2.0.0 - Publication

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CodeSystem: specimenRole


Defining URL:http://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/v2-0369
Status:Active as of 2019-12-01

HL7-defined code system of concepts that identify the role of a sample. Used in HL7 Version 2.x messaging in the Specimen (SPM) and Observation Request (OBR) segments.

Publisher:HL7, Inc
Committee:Orders and Observations

Copyright HL7. Licensed under creative commons public domain

Content:Complete: All the concepts defined by the code system are included in the code system resource
OID:2.16.840.1.113883.18.227 (for OID based terminology systems)
Value Set:http://terminology.hl7.org/ValueSet/v2-0369 ( is the value set for all codes in this code system)
Source Resource:XML / JSON / Turtle

This Code system is referenced in the content logical definition of the following value sets:


statushttp://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/utg-concept-properties#statusStatus of the conceptcode
deprecatedhttp://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/utg-concept-properties#v2-table-deprecatedVersion of HL7 in which the code was deprecatedcode
v2-concCommenthttp://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/utg-concept-properties#v2-concCommentV2 Concept Commentstring

This code system http://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/v2-0369 defines the following codes:

CodeDisplayDefinitionV2 Concept Comment
B Blind SampleUsed to test the validity of the measurement process, where the composition of the sample is unknown except to the person submitting it.
C CalibratorUsed for initial setting of calibration of the instrument.
E Electronic QCUsed with manufactured reference providing signals that simulate QC results
F Filler Organization ProficiencySpecimen used for testing proficiency of the organization performing the testing (Filler).
G GroupUsed when solid specimens consist of multiple individual elements that are not individually identified but can be separated again into the original specimens. The identifiers of the original specimens may be tracked.
H Historical SpecimenThis identifies a parent specimen to the specimen that is submitted for testingThe order of specimen processing can be derived from the SPM-3 value in all SPM segments in the message. More than one historical SPM can be submitted, each SPM describes one step in the derivation process of the specimen submitted for testing.
L PoolUsed when aliquots of liquid individual specimens are combined to form a single specimen representing all of the components that are not individually identified. The identifiers of the original specimens may be tracked.
O Operator ProficiencySpecimen used for testing Operator Proficiency.
P PatientUsed for any patient sample.If the component is not valued (blank) this represents the default meaning.
Q Control specimenUsed when specimen is the control specimen (either positive or negative).
R Replicate (of patient sample as a control)Used when a patient sample is re-run as a control for a repeat test.
V Verifying CalibratorUsed for periodic calibration checks.


2020-05-06reviseTed KleinVocabulary WGMigrated to the UTG maintenance environment and publishing tooling.