FHIR for FAIR Implementation Guide
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FHIR for FAIR Implementation Guide, published by Health Level Seven International - SOA Work Group. This is not an authorized publication; it is the continuous build for version 0.0.1). This version is based on the current content of https://github.com/HL7/fhir-forfair/ and changes regularly. See the Directory of published versions

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This guide aims to provide guidance on how HL7 FHIR can be used for supporting FAIR health data implementation and assessment. This project is intended to be the result of an active collaboration between the RDA and HL7 communities.

What does FAIR mean?

FAIR stands for Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable

FAIR data - Wikipedia

Figure 1 – FAIR [SangyaPundir / CC BY-SA]

The FAIR principles are a minimal set of community-agreed guiding principles and practices that allow both machines and humans to find, access, interoperate and re-use research data.

The FAIR principles are well received in international community and rapidly adopted by researchers.

More details about FAIR in the dedicated page.


This project intends to contribute to the achievement of two main goal by realizing a set of identified actions as summarized by the following figure.

Figure 2 - Intended goals

IG Structure

Within the scope described above, this guide is attempting to also satisfy these objectives:

1) Facilitate the mutual understanding between the FAIR and the FHIR communities and enable a cooperative usage of the FHIR and FAIR paradigms, by providing cross-models mapping.

2) Support the health data FAIRness assessment by using FHIR conformance resources.

To achieve these objectives this guide has been structured in two main components:

1) An informative guidance providing general guidelines on the cooperative usage of FHIR and FAIR

2) A “true” FHIR IG providing set of FHIR conformance resources and examples that provide, for selected case(s), a practical example of how FAIRness can be realized and assessed by using HL7 FHIR.

Figure 3 – Structure of this guide

Authors and Contributors

Roles Name Organization Contact
Author Giorgio Cangioli HL7 Europe giorgio.cangioli_at_hl7europe.org