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.





Current Controlled Terminology Release - Update 27 June 2014 


SDTM, SEND, and Questionnaire-Functional Test Controlled Terminology files have been updated on NCI EVS. The dates of the new files are 2014-06-27. These terminology files replace all older SDTM, SEND, and Questionnaire terminology files and include terms from Review Package 18. There are approximately 211 new questionnaire-functional test terms and 407 new terms across SDTM and SEND files.


The QS Terminology file is now changed to QS-FT Terminology on the NCI/EVS website and contains new links.  


The Questionnaire-Functional Test Terminology file has been updated with new Codelist Names.  Questionnaire Category is now Category of Questionnaire.  For all other questionnaire codelists there is a “QS-“ added to the beginning of the codelist name for questionnaires and “FT-“ appears at the beginning of the codelist name for functional tests.  This change is to distinguish the functional test codelist names from the questionnaire codelist names. Functional tests are named, stand-alone task based evaluations designed to provide an assessment of mobility, dexterity, or cognitive ability.


CDISC approved controlled terminology is maintained and distributed as part of NCI Thesaurus and is available for direct download from the CDISC website on an NCI File Transfer Protocol (FTP) site in Excel, text, odm.xml, pdf and html formats at the following web-link.


New requests or changes to existing terminology can be accessed through the New Term Request Page via the link to CDISC Controlled Terminology below. Scroll down to the last paragraph.


CDISC Controlled Terminology at National Cancer Institute


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



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