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HL7 Standards Governance Board

Mission & Charter

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Technical Steering Committee




Updated: 2019-10-09

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Describes the objectives, scope and relationships of the HL7 Standards Governance Board (SGB).






Work Products and Contributions


Inter-HL7 Relationships

Relationships with External Groups


The HL7 Standards Governance Board (SGB), establishes the precepts (rules) that management and methodology groups apply as operational instructions across domains within the scope of the Technical Steering Committee (TSC). These precepts provide the basis for consistency across product families and product lines when used to define the creation, maintenance and balloting of standards, while supporting organizational strategic goals and vision.



The SGB will focus on enabling the following:

  • Precepts that address risks across all product families and standards
  • Coherent standards that address organizational objectives and stakeholder needs
  • Standards develop and evolve in a transparent process
  • Clear and consistent methods for communicating HL7 precepts to the organization

Work Products and Contributions

Primary activities of the SGB include:

  • Identify and manage risk: those things with the highest risk and greatest consequence are the items that shall have precepts clearly defined
  • Enable the alignment of methodology, guidelines, conformance, and Quality Assurance (QA) practices for all standards
  • Define governance precepts necessary to support the objectives above
  • Promote metrics by which progress towards the objectives of the management and methodology groups can be measured and evaluated
  • Make recommendations to the TSC regarding the appointment of members to management and methodology groups
  • Provide guidance on issues escalated by management groups that will enable them to resolve those issues
  • Approve the assignment of products to product families; work groups bring their suggested assignment to the SGB for approval
  • Approve the establishment of product lines, and/or assign work group products to existing product lines
  • Recommend the establishment of new management and/or methodology groups will be sent to the TSC from the SGB for approval
  • Recommend product family management and methodology responsibilities to the TSC for approval


The HL7 Standards Governance Board (SGB) is composed of members whose composition shall meet the following criteria:

1)       The HL7 Chief Technical Officer (CTO) ex officio with vote.

  • In lieu of the CTO, a Product Director would be a member to facilitate participation in the enterprise-wide product strategy.

2)       Co-Chairs

  • TSC Appointed Co-Chair:
    • The TSC will appoint 1 member to act as Co-Chair. This position will be responsible for the management of the governance group and have no interest in the outcome of decisions made, other than to ensure due process is maintained.
    • This Co-Chair will act as TSC liaison and attend the TSC meetings to escalate product issues and bring recommendations back to the SGB.
  • SGB Elected Co-Chair:
    • The SGB will appoint 1 or more of its members to be Co-Chair.
  • Co-Chair positions will be for a 2 year staggered term.
  • The presiding Co-Chair will not be allowed a vote, except in case of tie.

3)       TSC Chair

4)       Architectural Review Board Chair (or representative as delegated by the chair)

5)       Five appointed ‘At Large’ HL7 members in good standing. All appointed members are selected by the TSC based on the recommendations of the CTO. The goal is to effect a balanced understanding of the standards and product families.

  • Product families include:
    • V2
    • V3 CDA
    • FHIR
  • Selection criteria should consider the following criteria to balance and ensure breadth of experience of the board:
    • Expertise in methodology, typically membership in a work group in the Infrastructure steering division
    • Expertise in interoperability architecture, typically a past or current serving member of the Architecture Review Board (ARB)
    • Expertise in standards implementation
    • Expertise in terminology
    • Expertise in standards specification development
    • Expertise in the developer perspective, which is focused on ease of ease of use, implementability, maintenance, and usability
    • Experience in a vendor organization; this representation is the perspective of organizations that are prepared to commit to the use of standards as part of the product and marketing strategies.
    • Experience in a health provider organization; this is the perspective of health services providers' needs for interoperability between systems (internal and external) to support operational processes and practices, including both administratively and clinically.
    • At least one member shall be an Affiliate member
    • Represent those artifacts with no formal product family designation, e.g. Domain Analysis Models (DAMs), logical models, Arden Syntax, etc.
    • HL7 member in good standing with a preference for at least 3 years of active participation.
    • Each member should be knowledgeable of HL7 governance processes

6)       TSC will assign members as needed to provide representation or to bring specific expertise to the panel (e.g., product family in the formal recognition or formation process).

7)       Members of the SGB shall disclose any potential conflicts of interest or preponderance of influence such as a common employer or other significant financial relationship (> 10% annual revenue) with any common organization.

Terms will be 2 years. If a member is unable to complete their term, the TSC will, in consultation with the CTO, appoint a replacement member to serve the remainder of the prior occupant’s term. CTO and TSC shall consider staggering appointments to the SGB to ensure continuity of knowledge of recent history and ongoing goals and objectives of the SGB.

Formal Relationships with Other HL7 Groups:

  • The SGB is appointed by and reports to the HL7 Technical Steering Committee (TSC). Appeal of SGB decisions may be submitted to the TSC.
  • The SGB recommends the appointment of management group members, monitors the activities of the management groups (review and approve [adjudicating] plans from the management groups).
  • The SGB reviews and approves methodology, guidelines and rules proposed by the methodology groups.
  • The SGB adjudicates issues between the management groups and the methodology groups.
  • The SGB coordinates with the management groups through liaisons identified by the management groups
  • The SGB reviews and approves precepts submitted by the Healthcare Terminology Authority (HTA) relative to internal standards development processes.

Formal Relationships with Groups Outside of HL7:

The SGB has no formal relationships with groups outside of HL7.