Pathology Bounded Code List
The Pathology Bounded Code List (PBCL), was developed to provide a defined or bounded subset of Read Codes for use in lab to GP messaging.
Using the PBCL would ensure a common understanding by both sending and receiving clinicians of the laboratory investigations performed.
The PBCL subset of Read Codes contains additional guidance on use of the codes, such as whether a code can be a test or a battery of tests.
Trust pathology Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) software, developed against the Pathology Messaging Implementation Programme (PMIP) technical product set, will be able to make use of this additional guidance information to assist laboratories in their mapping of local investigation codes.
For a full explanation of the purpose and use of the PBCL and the structure of the file, readers should refer to the documentation within the PMIP Technical Products and the latest release notes included in the NHS UK Read Pathology Bounded Code List releases located on Technology Reference data Update Distribution (TRUD) as a subpack.
The latest release of the PBCL
The last release of the PBCL was 01 October 2017 (version 1.036), released as part of the October 2017 Clinical Terms (The Read Codes) release.
Please note: There have been no subsequent releases of the PBCL to date. Version 1.036 continues in use.
Users should refer to the documentation in the release pack for more detail on changes and additions.
To obtain the October 2017 latest version of the PBCL please register on TRUD.
Whilst the latest release of PBCL continues to be available since the final release of Read CTV3 in April 2018, it will only be updated on an ad hoc basis where there is an identified national need.
Last edited: 20 October 2020 8:28 am