Identifiers provided by the Code System owner are authoritative, are intellectual property and provide a stable identifier for use in HL7 artifacts. The authoritative identifier MUST be used for any new use of the Code System - this includes draft specifications as well as renewed or updated balloted artifacts. If a Code System Identifier is used in a balloted HL7 artifact, and it is discovered that the Code System identifier is not correct, it must be changed when the specification is updated.
HL7 must provide the means by which updated Code System Identifiers, either declared by the Code System Owner, or as a result of HL7 internal processes, are published and supported.
FLAG. This policy is under review by counsel as pertains to ownership and IP control over identifiers for code systems. Depending upon the outcome of the legal review this policy may undergo revision (in spite of the fact that the vocabulary WG voted to approve this policy.
Meetings and related documents:
- Vocabulary Co-Chair Chair talking points on proposed external terminology policy meeting – 26 August 2020 (updated 1 Sept)
- Internal Code System Identifier Management - Task Force
*Approved by Vocab and HTA on 5/20/2020