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ValueSet: OMB Race Categories

Official URL: Version: 5.0.0
Active as of 2022-04-21 Computable Name: OmbRaceCategories
Other Identifiers: : urn:oid:2.16.840.1.113883.4.642.2.575

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The codes for the concepts ‘Unknown’, ‘Asked but Unknown’, ‘Other Race’* and the codes for the five race categories - ‘American Indian’ or ‘Alaska Native’, ‘Asian’, ‘Black or African American’, ‘Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander’, and ‘White’ - as defined by the OMB Standards for Maintaining, Collecting, and Presenting Federal Data on Race and Ethnicity, Statistical Policy Directive No. 15, as revised, October 30, 1997

* The use of ‘Other Race’ is discouraged for statistical analysis.


The publication tooling does not currently support generation of this Value Set expansion. We anticipate updates to enable this feature before the next version of this guide is published. We have provided the manual expansion below for your review.

Code System Display Definition
1002-5 urn:oid:2.16.840.1.113883.6.238 American Indian or Alaska Native -
2028-9 urn:oid:2.16.840.1.113883.6.238 Asian -
2054-5 urn:oid:2.16.840.1.113883.6.238 Black or African American -
2076-8 urn:oid:2.16.840.1.113883.6.238 Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander -
2106-3 urn:oid:2.16.840.1.113883.6.238 White -
2131-1 urn:oid:2.16.840.1.113883.6.238 Other Race -
ASKU asked but unknown -
UNK unknown -

Logical Definition (CLD)

This value set includes codes based on the following rules:



No Expansion for this valueset (not supported by Publication Tooling)

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