Code of Conduct
HL7 International is committed to providing an open community that welcomes all participants and provides them with a pathway to understand and effectively engage with the HL7/FHIR communities. This Code of Conduct applies when participating in HL7 or FHIR activities or meetings, or while representing HL7 at in-person or virtual meetings. It also applies when using HL7/FHIR community communication and collaboration spaces such as Zulip, HL7 List Serves, Confluence, JIRA, etc.
By adopting this Code of Conduct, participants pledge to respect all people who contribute to the activities of HL7/FHIR communities and to commit themselves to fairly and consistently applying these principles.
HL7 and its participants are committed to a harassment-free environment for everyone, regardless of level of experience, professional background, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, personal appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, age, religion, or nationality. Examples of unacceptable behavior by participants include:
- The use of sexualized language or imagery
- Personal attacks
- Trolling or using insulting/derogatory/demeaning comments
- Public or private disrespect or harassment
- Publishing other's private information, such as physical or electronic addresses, without explicit permission
- Any other conduct deemed unethical or unprofessional.
HL7/FHIR Community participants have the right and responsibility to report any instance of harassment, abuse or otherwise unacceptable behavior that is not aligned with this Code of Conduct to the HL7 CTO and/or Technical Steering Committee (TSC) Chair. The CTO and/or TSC Chair, with guidance from the TSC as appropriate, may choose to remove, edit, or reject any contributions associated with such instances. The CTO and/or TSC Chair is obligated to maintain confidentiality with regard to the individual reporting such an incident.
Further, the CTO and/or TSC Chair may recommend to the HL7 Executive Committee that an HL7/FHIR Community participant be banned temporarily or permanently for behaviors that they deem inappropriate, threatening, offensive, or harmful. The decision of the Executive Committee in such instances shall be final.