In particular, validators are able to use the Implementation Guide resource to validate content against the implementation guide as a whole. The significant conformance expectation introduced by the Implementation Guide resource is the idea of Default Profiles. Implementations may conform to multiple implementation guides at once, but this requires that the implementation guides are compatible.
Implementation Guides contain two different types of resource references:
– Contents: A set of logical statements which implementations must conform to. These are almost always conformance resources
– Examples: Examples that illustrate the intent of the profiles defined in the implementation guide. These can be any kind of resource
An application’s Capability Statement may identify one or more implementation guides that an application conforms to.