Conformance in FHIR

Conformance Resources ("Profiles") are an important aspect of the FHIR standard. They allow you to tailor FHIR to your needs and define how exchanging partners use the FHIR specification. Profiles have an international, a national, regional or local scope, or are designed for specific use cases.

Profile Designer

Creating and maintaining these files by hand using an XML editor or an Excel sheet is error-prone and requires detailed knowledge of the Profile resource. Forge is the user-friendly editor for creating and editing profiles that enables modelers to create and manage profiles using a graphical user-interface.

  • Forge features
  • Create new Profiles
  • Edit existing Profiles
  • Define Constraints
  • Define Extensions
  • Define Slices
  • Define Bindings

Forge editions

We now have a beta release of Forge for the 1.0 version of FHIR DSTU-2. And it's ready for download. We aim to be compliant with the FHIR DSTU-2, September 2015 version. We also have a Forge profile designer for FHIR DSTU-1. But since FHIR is well into the second draft, the DSTU-1 version is no longer actively developed. It will remain available for download.

Click once installer

Forge is deployed using a click once installer. So it automatically updates to the newest version when you start the application. After installation of a new release, you will again receive automatic update notifications on application startup.

We moved Forge to a new deployment location. As a result existing installations of the previous DSTU-2 alpha release will no longer automatically detect the new update. Therefore we strongly advise you to uninstall the earlier DSTU-2 alpha release manually before installing this new version.

Profiling Channel

You can join the Join Forge community and stay tuned with discussions about FHIR conformance and tooling.


Forge is freeware. You may use Forge for free for personal and commercial purposes. Please read the end-user license agreement upon installation.