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See the Directory of published versions icon CodeSystem http://hl7.org/fhir/specimen-role

Orders and Observations icon Work Group Maturity Level: 2Trial Use Use Context: Any

This is a code system defined by the FHIR project.


Defining URL:http://hl7.org/fhir/specimen-role

Codes providing the combined status of the specimen.

Committee:Orders and Observations icon Work Group
OID:2.16.840.1.113883.4.642.4.2060 (for OID based terminology systems)
Flags:CaseSensitive, Complete
All codes ValueSet:SpecimenRole

This Code system is used in the following value sets:

  • ValueSet: SpecimenRole (Codes providing the role of a specimen.)

This code system http://hl7.org/fhir/specimen-role defines the following codes:

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.btn btn
c CalibratorUsed for initial setting of calibration of the instrument.btn btn
e Electronic QCUsed with manufactured reference providing signals that simulate QC results.btn btn
f Filler Organization ProficiencySpecimen used for testing proficiency of the organization performing the testing (Filler).btn btn
o Operator ProficiencySpecimen used for testing Operator Proficiency.btn btn
p PatientUsed for any patient sample.btn btn
q Control specimenUsed when specimen is the control specimen (either positive or negative).btn btn
r Replicate (of patient sample as a control)Used when a patient sample is re-run as a control for a repeat test.btn btn
v Verifying CalibratorUsed for periodic calibration checks.btn btn


See the full registry of code systems defined as part of FHIR.

Explanation of the columns that may appear on this page:

LevelA few code lists that FHIR defines are hierarchical - each code is assigned a level. See Code System for further information.
SourceThe source of the definition of the code (when the value set draws in codes defined elsewhere)
CodeThe code (used as the code in the resource instance). If the code is in italics, this indicates that the code is not selectable ('Abstract')
DisplayThe 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
DefinitionAn explanation of the meaning of the concept
CommentsAdditional notes about how to use the code