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The RCPA Standardised Pathology Informatics in Australia (SPIA) Guidelines and associated information models and terminology reference sets were officially endorsed by the RCPA Board of Directors as policy in January 2017. Please see the table below for the most recent version for each document. For previous versions, click here.

The main document is known as the SPIA Guidelines. The RCPA SPIA terminology reference set and information model resources are available in a convenient zip file, to access the RCPA resources go to the 'ACCESS’ page on the NCTS website, and click on 'RCPA' on the left hand side menu. The zip file contains the most recent version of the RCPA SPIA terminology reference sets listed below, along with a release note and terms of use.

Note: To access or download the RCPA SPIA terminology reference set resources you must first register as an individual or organisation on the NCTS website and accept the Registration Terms of Use, the SNOMED CT Affiliate and Australian National Terminology Licence Agreements and optionally other licences.

The PITUS 18-20 Project in collaboration with the Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA) and The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has transformed the 2017 published RCPA SPIA terminology reference sets into FHIRR Resources, facilitating SPIA implementation and ongoing maintenance. FHIRR is a healthcare interoperability standard used to describe data formats and elements published by Health Level 7 (HL7).

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Name Combined Terminology Other
Guidelines
RCPA SPIA GUIDELINES V4.0 
(620 kB) Jul 2021
Requesting Pathology
Reporting Pathology
Anatomical Pathology
Chemical Pathology
Cytopathology
Genetic Pathology
Haematology and Transfusion Medicine
Immunopathology
Microbiology, Serology and Molecular Biology

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08-Jul-2021
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