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Find standards to record, handle and exchange data in England

Use this directory to find nationally recognised data standards for use in health and adult social care.

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Including discharges, referrals, dosing and screening.

GP and Primary Care

Including referrals, diagnostics, and treatments.

Social care

Including referrals, end of life and personalised care.

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Including appointment bookings and clinical referrals.

Access to records

Including retrieving structured information from care records.


Including immunisations and adverse reactions.

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Technical standards and specifications

Including FHIR and HL7 standards for interoperability and APIs.

Record standards

Including formatting standards for clinical and care records.

Data definitions and terminologies

Including dictionaries for medicines, devices and data.

Future standards

Check standards being developed or proposed as future requirements in England.

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About standards

Get an introduction to standards and interoperability in health and adult social care.

View about standards

Help and resources

Explore contacts and resources for teams building or buying technology in England.

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