This document describes the usage of the web services that are made available by consent services, which consists of two independent services: consent administration and consent verification.

The document provides an introduction to the general Web service interface for both services, in addition to examples on how they can be used in a specific user system.

Where the services overlap, common functionality is only described once.

Reading Guide

This document is directed towards developers and architects that will be using consent service on NSP. It is assumed that the reader is familiar with Web services and the additional components on the NSP such as STS, in addition to knowing about Den Gode Web service (DGWS).

Document History





Initial version




References to National Patient Index (NPI) removed




Description of additional conditions for data specific consent check (paragraph 2.2)




Consent services now support DCC – (paragraph 3.1.1 and 3.1.2)

Changed sts.endpoint to new endpoint in example properties file




Migrated to NSPOP SVN

22.10.2018KITDocument moved from Word to Confluence. Original document name was: PHB0035 Consent Services Users Guide.docx

Definitions and References



National eHealth Authority


National Service Platform (within health care)


Hospital Department Classification


Health Service Organization Register


Security Token Service


DGWS 1.0

Den Gode Webservice 1.0

DGWS 1.0.1

Den Gode Webservice 1.0.1


Healthcare Service User Identification Header (SSE/11734/IFS/0018)

Consent Administration Interface Description

Consent Administration Service Interface Description (SSE/11734/IFS/00013)

Consent Verification Interface Description

Consent Verification Service Interface Description (SSE/11734/IFS/0014)

Data Model

Consent Services Data Model (SSE/11734/DDD/0003)

Interface Description

The web service interfaces for the two services are described in details in the associated interface descriptions [Consent Administration Interface Description] and [Consent Verification Interface Description].

In this section, only the individual components that are necessary to describe the usage of the two services are clarified.


Security header

To call consent services, a user system must obtain a certificate and an ID card of level 3, issued by STS, and add these to the security header.

It should furthermore be ensured that one has a stated company registration number and that it is on the whitelist of authorized system. The two services use different whitelists, so the company registration number must be added to one or both, depending on which service one wants to call.

Medcom header

In the Medcom header it must be ensured that the flowID is set correctly. If consent services are called from another Web service with a Medcom header, the flowID must be retained from this call.

The Medcom header is returned from all method calls as it is set as an In/Out parameter with flowstatus updated to ’finalized successfully’.

HSUID header

Finally, the HSUID header must be filled in with identification of the user that performs a given operation. Some of this information is possibly reused in the body of the message and these must of course be consistent (cf. [Consent Administration Interface Description] and [Consent Verification Interface Description]).

Consent verification

The verification service has two methods to verify consent of a health professional: ConsentForUserCheck and ConsentForDataCheck.

The purpose of the ConsentForUserCheck-method is that it makes it possible for a user system to verify quickly whether a user has general positive or general negative consent.

If the method returns positive or negative, then it is not necessary to search or request again with the data found about the citizens.

On a positive response, the user system will assume that the user has consent to see the health data concerning the citizen for which the consent database is responsible. Conversely, on a negative response, the assumption is that the user has negative consent towards all data concerning the citizen.

The ConsentForDataCheck-method accepts a list of metadata elements and filter them based on the citizen’s consents.

If the ID’s are SHAK or DEA codes consent verification tries to lookup the related SOR codes which will be compared to the users consents.

In addition, if a negative data specific consent has been specified for an organization the hierarchical parents to that organization are included in that consent. Unless a specific positive consent is given.

This is illustrated in the following examples. Figure 1 shows citizen who has a general positive consent but has made a data specific negative consent on the organization “Org”. If identifiers from all four organizations are sent to consent verification the diagram shows the response where red is a negative consent and green is a positive consent.

Figure 1: Specific negative on ”Org” which has impact on the parent

But on the other hand if the citizen has made a general negative consent and made a specific positive consent for data from “Org” for a given user, the parent organization is not affected by the consent. See Figure 2.

Figure 2: Specific positive on ”Org” does not impact parent

Those metadata whose IDs are returned from the service are the metadata the user has a positive consent to view.

It is the user systems responsibility to ensure that the used IDs are unique so that they can be distinguished in the returned list. The service does not use the IDs for anything else than the return list.

Consent administration

Create- edit- and delete-methods all accept consent-objects (Consent) as parameters. The contents of a consent-object, in addition to which options are allowed, are shown in [Data Model] section 2.

All methods in the consent administration allows the citizen who creates a consent (or deletes/modifies) to be different from the citizen that the consent concerns.

This means that a citizen can create/edit/delete consents on behalf of another citizen as long as the citizen is authorized to do so.

Likewise, it is possible for a health professional to create a consent (but not edit or delete) on behalf of a citizen.

It is the user system’s responsibility that the user is authenticated and authorized to perform an action on behalf of another.

Examples of Calling Services

In this section, examples are provided on how one can use a Java-based user system to call the two services.

The code example is taken from the integration tests for the service and both method calls, variables and parameters come from this context.

The code might possibly not be able to compile or run its current form, as it is only intended as a guide on how to construct a call to the service.

Service Clients

A service client has been developed for each service which can be found as Maven-components:

	<version><desired client version></version>


	<version><desired client version></version>

Creation of service client

These service clients are configured using a property file, and the client takes care of obtaining a valid STS-token, creating proper headers etc.

Properties for the client are set up through the ClientConfig-class that accepts the name of the properties file in which the configuration is found. The properties-file must be found on classpath.

The code below creates a port for the verification service:

Config config = new ClientConfig("VerificationClient").
     addRequiredKeys(ConsentVerificationService.CONFIG_KEY, ConsentVerificationService.CONFIG_ENDPOINT);
URL wsdl =
   new URL(config.getProperty(ConsentVerificationService.CONFIG_KEY));
String wsendpoint = config.getProperty(ConsentVerificationService.CONFIG_ENDPOINT);
ConsentVerificationServiceservice =
   new ConsentVerificationService (config, wsdl);
ConsentVerification port = service.getConsentVerificationPort(wsendpoint);

This presupposes that a can be found on classpath.

Similar code create a client for the administration service, the client is just the class ConsentAdministrationService instead and the call results in a port defined in the class ConsentAdministration.


The properties file provided for the service client, must define a number of properties that the client uses to communicate with the service (the values must be adjusted so that they are relevant to the user system):

administration.wsdl.location = http://localhost:8080/consent-administration/service?wsdl
administration.service.url = http://localhost:8080/consent-administration/service
verification.wsdl.location = http://localhost:8080/consent-verification/service?wsdl
verification.service.url = http://localhost:9090/consent-verification/service
idcard.level = 3 = TESTSTS = medcom:cvrnumber = 19343634 = JERNALDERBYENS VENNER
sts.test.mode = false
sts.endpoint =
sts.token.expiry.threshold = 60
sts.keystore = jks/validVocesVault.jks
sts.keystore.password = !234Qwer = 30

(the values are taken from the integration tests and must possibly be changed to function in another context).

The values for the security certificate must be corrected to the certificate one is using.

It is only necessary to provide one wsdl-location for each service.


Subsequently, service and port can be used to create the necessary headers, so the service can be called.

A flowID is provided with the headers, see section 2.1.

DGWSHeaderWrapper signedHeaders = service.getSignedHeaders(flowID);
Holder<Header> medcomHeader =
   new Holder<Header>(signedHeaders.getMedcomHeader());
HsuidHeader hsuidHeader = createHsuidHeader();

The values in the HSUID-header must be set manually by calling a method that creates the object (see [HSUID-header] for a description of the header contents).

The Medcom header is wrapped in a holder-object as it is an In/Out parameter.

Example of Call to Consent Verification

An example of call to ConsentForDataCheck on the verification service is shown here.

List<ConsentDataRegistration> consentData; // the list must be populated elsewhere

ConsentForDataCheck consentForDataCheck =
new ConsentForDataCheck(citizen, healthcareProfessional, onBehalfOf,
organization, consentData);

ConsentForDataResponse consentForDataCheckResponse =
PORT.ConsentForDataCheck(consentForDataCheck, medcomHeader,
signedHeaders.getSecurityHeader(), hsuidHeader);

The element consentData has to be a list of ConsentDataRegistration-objects, see [Consent Administration Interface Description] and [Consent Verification Interface Description]:

The return value contains the IDs of the data elements that the user healthcareProfessional has consent from the citizen citizen to view.

Example of Call to Consent Administration

Shown here is an example of a call to ConsentAdd on the administration service (the contents of the actual consent-object is not shown here):

Consent consentItem = new Consent();

PORT.ConsentAdd(Arrays.<Consent>asList(consentItem), medcomHeader,
signedHeaders.getSecurityHeader(), hsuidHeader);

Client Generation from WSDL

It is of course also possible to use runtime WSDL-generation against a deployed service as a starting point.

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