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  1. SNOMED International supplies SNOMED CT as a set of release files that are designed to be loaded into healthcare software applications such as electronic health record systems. This guide describes services that should be provided by software applications that implement SNOMED CT.

  2. SNOMED International does not create or market healthcare software applications but seeks to promote implementation and innovation by promoting a market place in which SNOMED CT is equally accessible to all software developers, vendors and health service providers.

  3. This guide refers to files that are included in the International Release of SNOMED CT provided to licensees by the SNOMED International. It also refers to additional files that are included in SNOMED CT extensions provided by Members and Affiliates. Details of the licensing arrangements for SNOMED CT and contact details for Members are available from SNOMED International web site (