This is the Continuous Integration Build of FHIR (will be incorrect/inconsistent at times).
See the Directory of published versions icon ValueSet http://hl7.org/fhir/ValueSet/substance-category

Biomedical Research and Regulation icon Work Group Maturity Level: 2Trial Use Use Context: Country: World
Official URL: http://hl7.org/fhir/ValueSet/substance-category Version: 6.0.0-cibuild
draft as of 2024-05-14 Computable Name: SubstanceCategoryCodes
Flags: OID: 2.16.840.1.113883.4.642.3.476

This value set is used in the following places:

Substance category codes


This expansion generated 14 May 2024

Expansion based on codesystem Substance Category Codes v1.0.0 (CodeSystem) icon

This value set contains 7 concepts.

  allergen iconhttp://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/substance-categoryAllergen

A substance that causes an allergic reaction.

  biological iconhttp://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/substance-categoryBiological Substance

A substance that is produced by or extracted from a biological source.

  body iconhttp://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/substance-categoryBody Substance

A substance that comes directly from a human or an animal (e.g. blood, urine, feces, tears, etc.).

  chemical iconhttp://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/substance-categoryChemical

Any organic or inorganic substance of a particular molecular identity, including -- (i) any combination of such substances occurring in whole or in part as a result of a chemical reaction or occurring in nature and (ii) any element or uncombined radical (http://www.epa.gov/opptintr/import-export/pubs/importguide.pdf).

  food iconhttp://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/substance-categoryDietary Substance

A food, dietary ingredient, or dietary supplement for human or animal.

  drug iconhttp://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/substance-categoryDrug or Medicament

A substance intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease in man or other animals (Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act).

  material iconhttp://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/substance-categoryMaterial

A finished product which is not normally ingested, absorbed or injected (e.g. steel, iron, wood, plastic and paper).


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Explanation of the columns that may appear on this page:

LvlA few code lists that FHIR defines are hierarchical - each code is assigned a level. For value sets, levels are mostly used to organize codes for user convenience, but may follow code system hierarchy - 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