Controlled Terminology


CDISC Controlled Terminology

CDISC Controlled Terminology is the set of CDISC-developed or CDISC-adopted standard expressions (values) used with data items within CDISC-defined datasets.  The CDISC Terminology Team, in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute's Enterprise Vocabulary Services (EVS), supports the controlled terminology needs of all CDISC foundational standards (SDTM (Drugs and Devices), CDASH, ADaM, SEND) and all CFAST disease/therapeutic area standards. 



Terminology Call for Public Review Package 20 - Comments Due by 10 October 2014

CDISC Controlled Terminology Package 20 is ready for public review. The public review package consists of 11 spreadsheets (Controlled Terminology 

  • Cardiovascular

  • Device*

  • ECG

  • General - These terms include codelists that do not fall into any of the other groups

  • Laboratory Tests*

  • Oncology

  • PK*

  • SEND*

  • Spectype/Speccond

  • Units of Measure*

  • Virology


There are CDISC Submission Value changes in the Changes to Existing tab in the spreadsheets marked with an asterisk above.  Please review these changes.


Use this link to register/login to the Tracker so you can access the review documents


CDISC will be using the Public Comment Tracker on the CDISC Portal for this review. Click here for directions on how to access and use the Public Comment Tracker Tool.


Detailed information on using the tracker can also be found via “Help” after clicking on Public Comment Tracker.




As of 06 Oct 2014 3:00 PM EDT, a correction has been made to the 26Sep2014 SDTM Terminology Publication Release.  The change was to 3 new CODELIST NAMES that were longer than 8 characters:


Codelist Name

CDISC Submission Value

Hepatic Findings About Test Code


changed to


Hepatic Findings About Test Name                           


changed to


Multiple Sclerosis Findings About Test Code          


changed to


Multiple Sclerosis Findings About Test Name         


changed to


Ophthalmic Exam Test Code                                   


changed to




Current Controlled Terminology Release - Update 26 September 2014

CDISC Controlled Terminology is maintained and distributed as part of NCI Thesaurus on an NCI File Transfer Protocol (FTP) site and is available for direct download on this page.  It is available in Excel, text, odm.xml, pdf, html and OWL/RDF formats.  CDISC Controlled Terminology is also available through CDISC eSHARE


New requests or changes to existing terminology can be accessed through the NCI/EVS New Term Request Page and is available for direct download on this page.


As of 26 September 2014 the SDTM, SEND, and Questionnaire-Functional Test Controlled Terminology files have been updated on NCI/EVS. The dates of the new files are 2014-09-26. These terminology files replace all older SDTM, SEND, and Questionnaire terminology files and include terms from Review Package 19. There are approximately 177 new questionnaire-functional test terms and 447 new terms across SDTM and SEND files.


Please post any comments, questions or suggestions to CDISC’s Public Discussion Forum.


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