A national project for the Standardisation of Pathology Units and Terminology (PUTS) was initiated by the RCPA in July 2011 with support from Department of Health. Around 80 pathologists, scientists, informaticians, and other clinicians worked to establish guidelines for the use of terminology and standardised units covering each of the pathology disciplines.
Constrained sets of the most common terms and their corresponding codes and units were developed for requesting and reporting pathology using consensus-based guideline development and good clinical governance. The Project Steering Group decided on the adoption of: SNOMED CT for test requesting; LOINC for results reporting (HL7v2 OBX-3); and UCUM for the representation of units.
Status: Completed (February 2013)