Definitions of histocompatibility typing terms: Harmonization of Histocompatibility Typing Terms Working Group

Hum Immunol. 2011 Dec;72(12):1214-6. doi: 10.1016/j.humimm.2011.06.002. Epub 2011 Jun 15.


Histocompatibility testing for stem cell and solid organ transplantation has become increasingly complex as newly discovered human leukocyte antigen (HLA) alleles are described. HLA typing assignments reported by laboratories are used by physicians and donor registries for matching donors and recipients. To communicate effectively, a common language for histocompatibility terms should be established. In early 2010, representatives from clinical, registry, and histocompatibility organizations joined together as the Harmonization of Histocompatibility Typing Terms Working Group to define a consensual language for laboratories, physicians and registries to communicate histocompatibility typing information. The Working Group defined terms for HLA typing resolution, HLA matching and a format for reporting HLA assignments. In addition, definitions of verification typing and extended typing were addressed. The original draft of the Definitions of Histocompatibility Typing Terms was disseminated to colleagues from each organization to gain feedback and create a collaborative document. Commentary gathered during this 90-day review period were discussed and implemented for preparation of this report. Histocompatibility testing continues to evolve thus, the definitions agreed upon today, likely will require refinement and perhaps additional terminology in the future.

Publication types

  • Practice Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Consensus
  • HLA Antigens / classification
  • HLA Antigens / immunology*
  • Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation*
  • Hematopoietic Stem Cells / immunology*
  • Histocompatibility / immunology*
  • Histocompatibility Testing / methods
  • Histocompatibility Testing / standards*
  • Humans
  • Registries / standards
  • Transplantation, Homologous


  • HLA Antigens