This file specification describes the file format used to send information to the Ministry for inclusion in the National Non-admitted Patient Collection (NNPAC). It includes the file layout and, to a lesser extend, the business rules used for validating the data items within the file.

There are two audiences for this document:

  • Software developers designing, implementing and altering provider systems to ensure that they export information in a format suitable for loading into the national collection.
  • Business analysts verifying that all required data elements are present and specified correctly.


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