This document specifies procedures and data elements needed to accurately identify persons
including subjects of care and individual care providers.
It is applicable to the positive, consistent identification of persons in health and social care
settings. It provides guidance on its application in both manual and automated systems and
makes recommendations about the nature and form of identifiers and the management of
It does not apply to the collection and processing of data for purposes other than the
identification of persons and their associated records, even though some of the data elements
collected for identification may be used for other purposes such as the determination and
delivery of care, the compilation of statistics, contact tracing and reimbursement.