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ValueSet: hl7VS-specimenRole

Official URL: http://terminology.hl7.org/ValueSet/v2-0369 Version: 2.0.0
Active as of 2019-12-01 Responsible: Health Level Seven International Computable Name: Hl7VSSpecimenRole
Other Identifiers: urn:ietf:rfc:3986#Uniform Resource Identifier (URI)#urn:oid:2.16.840.1.113883.21.243

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


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)



Expansion based on codesystem specimenRole v2.0.0 (CodeSystem)

This value set contains 12 concepts.

  Bhttp://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/v2-0369Blind Sample

Used to test the validity of the measurement process, where the composition of the sample is unknown except to the person submitting it.


Used for initial setting of calibration of the instrument.

  Ehttp://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/v2-0369Electronic QC

Used with manufactured reference providing signals that simulate QC results

  Fhttp://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/v2-0369Filler Organization Proficiency

Specimen used for testing proficiency of the organization performing the testing (Filler).


Used 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.

  Hhttp://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/v2-0369Historical Specimen

This identifies a parent specimen to the specimen that is submitted for testing


Used 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.

  Ohttp://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/v2-0369Operator Proficiency

Specimen used for testing Operator Proficiency.


Used for any patient sample.

  Qhttp://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/v2-0369Control specimen

Used when specimen is the control specimen (either positive or negative).

  Rhttp://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/v2-0369Replicate (of patient sample as a control)

Used when a patient sample is re-run as a control for a repeat test.

  Vhttp://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/v2-0369Verifying Calibrator

Used 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
System 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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