HL7 Terminology
2.1.0 - Publication

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ValueSet: hl7VS-specimenRole


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

Value Set of codes that identify the role of a sample.

Publisher:HL7, Inc

Copyright HL7. Licensed under creative commons public domain

OID:2.16.840.1.113883.21.243 (for OID based terminology systems)
Source Resource:XML / JSON / Turtle


This value set is not used here; it may be used elsewhere (e.g. specifications and/or implementations that use this content)

Logical Definition (CLD)



This value set contains 12 concepts

Expansion based on specimenRole v2.2.0 (CodeSystem)

All codes from system http://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/v2-0369

BBlind SampleUsed to test the validity of the measurement process, where the composition of the sample is unknown except to the person submitting it.
CCalibratorUsed for initial setting of calibration of the instrument.
EElectronic QCUsed with manufactured reference providing signals that simulate QC results
FFiller Organization ProficiencySpecimen used for testing proficiency of the organization performing the testing (Filler).
GGroupUsed 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.
HHistorical SpecimenThis identifies a parent specimen to the specimen that is submitted for testing
LPoolUsed 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.
OOperator ProficiencySpecimen used for testing Operator Proficiency.
PPatientUsed for any patient sample.
QControl specimenUsed when specimen is the control specimen (either positive or negative).
RReplicate (of patient sample as a control)Used when a patient sample is re-run as a control for a repeat test.
VVerifying CalibratorUsed for periodic calibration checks.

Explanation of the columns that may appear on this page:

Level A few code lists that FHIR defines are hierarchical - each code is assigned a level. In this scheme, some codes are under other codes, and imply that the code they are under also applies
Source The source of the definition of the code (when the value set draws in codes defined elsewhere)
Code The code (used as the code in the resource instance)
Display The display (used in the display element of a Coding). If there is no display, implementers should not simply display the code, but map the concept into their application
Definition An explanation of the meaning of the concept
Comments Additional notes about how to use the code


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