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The SNOMED CT implementation library is designed to assist across a range of implementation stages. Library resources include implementation frameworks, best practice guides, technical specifications, value propositions, use cases, implementation planning resources and clinical topic-specific material. Please feel free to explore these resources below.

For additional SNOMED CT documentation on a wide range of topics, please visit the SNOMED CT Document Library at

Implementation Frameworks 

The following SNOMED CT resources provide a framework that may be applied to different implementation scenarios.

SNOMED CT Adoption JourneyA pathway that leads you from getting started with SNOMED CT to advanced use.
SNOMED CT Implementation ProcessA simple six step process that can be applied to most SNOMED CT implementations.
SNOMED CT Implementation Maturity Framework

A five level model that categorizes implementations based on a scale of increasing SNOMED CT capabilities.

SNOMED CT Value Proposition and Use Cases

An interactive platform that presents SNOMED CT stakeholder value propositions along with evidence that SNOMED CT adds measurable value.

Example EMR/EHR Requirements Guide

A set of example high-level requirements for the SNOMED CT functionality in an EMR/EHR system.

Starter Guides 

The following SNOMED CT starter guides provide an introduction to SNOMED CT for different types of users.

SNOMED CT Starter GuideAn introduction SNOMED CT for anyone with a general interest in healthcare information.
New Member Onboarding ProcessA description of the process to be followed when new member countries join the SNOMED International.
National Release Center GuideA guide to the role and responsibilities of a National Release Center (NRC), and the relationship between NRCs, SNOMED International, implementers and users within a Member country or territory.
Vendor Introduction to SNOMED CTAn introduction to SNOMED CT focused primarily on the needs of vendors and developers of healthcare systems and applications.

Best Practice Guidance 

The following resources provide guidance to help support good implementation practice.

Terminology Services GuideA guide to accessing SNOMED CT content effectively using terminology services.
Search and Data Entry GuideA guide to finding and saving a term and related SNOMED CT code into a health record.
User Interface DemonstratorA user interface demonstration tool that documents a range of SNOMED CT best practice techniques.
Data Analytics GuideA guide that explains a range of techniques for performing queries over SNOMED CT encoded data.
Clinical Decision Support GuideA guide that explains a range of techniques for implementing clinical decision support with SNOMED CT.
Introductory Guide to TranslationAn introduction to the principles and processes of translating SNOMED CT.
Guidelines for TranslationGuidelines on important and common issues relevant to the translation of SNOMED CT.

Technical Specifications 

The following SNOMED CT technical specifications are important to many implementations of SNOMED CT .

SNOMED CT Release File SpecificationThe file format in which SNOMED CT is published and distributed.
SNOMED CT Expression Constraint LanguageA language used to query SNOMED CT content.
SNOMED CT Machine Readable Concept ModelThe SNOMED CT concept model rules in a form that can be read and tested by a computer.
SNOMED CT URI StandardA standard format for URIs that identify SNOMED CT concepts, versioned editions, and the terminology itself.
SNOMED CT Compositional GrammarA language used to represent clinical meanings in the form of SNOMED CT postcoordinated expressions.
SNOMED CT Expression Template LanguageA language used to represent SNOMED CT expressions that contain slots intended to be completed at a later time.

Clinical Resources 

The following resources are relevant to a specific clinical topic.

Coding Clinical Data Using SNOMED CT (available in 2022)A guide that explains the principles for coding clinical data using SNOMED CT.
COVID-19 GuidePractical examples of SNOMED CT subsets that can be used to code a variety of COVID-19 related data elements.
Medicinal Product Model SpecificationA specification of the SNOMED CT medicinal product hierarchy's international data model.
Drug Model for National ExtensionsA specification for an extension concept model that represents branded medicinal products and packages.
Clinical EngagementA website that directs you to a collection of clinically focused SNOMED CT resources.
SNOMED CT Value Sets

A variety of value set repositories containing SNOMED CT subsets exist including:

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