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Nominations are invited at this time for the post of Vice-Chair of the IHTSDO International Pathology & Laboratory Medicine (IPaLM) Special Interest Group (SIG).  The SIG was established to provide advice on new, as well as updated, pathology content in SNOMED CT, through projects agreed by the IHTSDO and prioritized as part of the IHTSDO annual work plan.

The IPaLM SIG has been going through a transition period and in 2015 produced new Terms of Reference and an Information sheet – both can be found at Membership is increasing as new topic areas are being addressed which are relevant to the global pathology community
The post of Vice-Chair of the IHTSDO IPaLM SIG is for two years, after which the Vice-Chair will become Chair of the SIG for a further two-year period. Thus the overall term of office is four years. This approach is to ensure succession planning. 

While serving in this role, the elected Vice-Chair is expected to attend IPaLM SIG meetings and assist the Chair in all aspects of the SIG’s work, in liaison with the IHTSDO. Activity is undertaken through regular phone conferences and the annual IHTSDO Business Meeting in October, if a face-to-face meeting is required. The Vice-Chair should also be willing to assume the responsibilities of Chair if the Chair is not available.  

Nominations, using the form attached, should be sent to Fleur McBriar at by Monday 8th February 2016 (by 23:00 UTC).

If there are a number of candidates, a process of election will take place and decisions reviewed by the Healthcare Professional Coordination Group before sign-off by the IHTSDO Management Board.  The successful candidate is expected to start immediately upon sign-off.

Official policy information about the Appointment of Leadership of IHTSDO’s Working Groups is attached. The IHTSDO Conflict of Interest Policy (referred to in the nomination form) can be viewed at:


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