The SNOMED International April Business Meeting is scheduled for April 8-11th, 2018 at the Amba Charing Cross Hotel in London, UK.



  • Rate is inclusive of VAT and full English breakfast (£239.00/night)
  • Must be booked by March 17th, 2018
  • Attendees are to make their own reservations by calling 0800 330 8397 or emailing bookcc@amba-hotel.comand quoting booking reference (SNOM070418)
  • Limited rooms available - Review closely located accommodations here


  • Dr. Afzal Chaudhry, CCIO, Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust, joins us as our Opening Plenary Speaker
  • 35+ governance, advisory and project group sessions
  • Monday evening drinks reception featuring a caricaturist and roving magician
  • NHS Digital Connectathon conveniently held at the Amba after the conclusion of the April Business Meeting

Contact with any questions. 

See you in April!

Event Details:

Updated Schedule - March 12th, 2018

Opening Plenary Speaker:

Dr Afzal Chaudhry is a Consultant Nephrologist and the Chief Clinical Information Officer (CCIO) at
Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust (CUH).

He leads the CUH eHospital programme delivering a trust-wide HIMSS Stage 6 electronic patient record, and the Informatics component of the Population and Quantitative Science theme in the Cambridge NIHR Biomedical Research Centre.

In October 2017, Dr Chaudhry was recognized as the UK CCIO of the year.

Submit your abstracts and participate in the SNOMED CT Expo program this October 18-19, 2018 hosted in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. 

  • This year's 'Call for Abstracts' welcomes both presentation and e-poster submissions and will remain open to
    Tuesday April 10th, 2018
  • Visit to review this year's program streams, submission guidelines and resources to support development of your abstract. 
  • Please contact for any assistance you require with this process. 

Maintaining the quality of SNOMED CT is of core importance and rigorously undertaken by the organization on an ongoing basis. With this in mind, SNOMED International is initiating a process to undertake a broader examination across all hierarchies. Through the Quality Initiative (QI), we will adopt a greater focus on correcting structural anomalies as well as modification of content, resulting in a higher level of clinical accuracy.

Please review the attached document for additional information regarding SNOMED International's Quality Initiative. 

If you have questions or concerns regarding these planned activities, please contact SNOMED International at

Join Us at HIMSS18

Visit SNOMED International at Booth #977 to engage in conversation and share your insights on how clinical terminology is contributing to healthcare interoperability.

The team is eager to share updates on new partnerships, tools, and initiatives that will leverage the power of structured clinical terminology in the health space.

We have an active week planned for HIMSS18 - Stay up to date on SNOMED International’s sessions on our dedicated HIMSS18 webpage.

Monday March 5th, 2018:

Tuesday March 6th, 2018:

Wednesday March 7th 2018:

Participating Remotely? 

Join in the Conversation @Snomedct and #Snomedct

In November 2017, SNOMED International initiated a consultation period regarding proposed enhancements to SNOMED CT's logic features. 

Read the original post: SNOMED CT Description Logic Enhancements - Consultation

Your feedback to the proposal is greatly appreciated and will assist SNOMED International in making the provision of enhanced capabilities as seamless as possible for the majority of users.

Submit your Feedback by February 28th, 2018

The 2018 April Business Meeting schedule has been finalized and registration is now open.

Please access additional information regarding the schedule, registration and booking your accommodation via the below link:

Please book your accommodation by March 17th, 2018 to secure the pre-arranged rate.  A list of alternative accommodations has been provided.  

For additional questions, please contact Alison Delle (

The Olympic Healthcare Interoperability Initiative (OHI) hopes to offer a real-world proving ground for a more seamless data exchange to treat athletes, trainers and attendees from more than 200 countries.

Stay tuned for more information on SNOMED International's involvement in support of interoperability across the Olympic Games over the coming months. 

SNOMED International, OHI and HIMSS will be actively sharing information on this initiative with a formal launch at HIMSS18, March 5-9, 2018, Las Vegas.

The Q4 Edition of 'The Concept' is now available at

As we move into 2018, I encourage all members of the SNOMED International community to contact with suggestions and requests for article placements within The Concept. Contact Kelly Kuru to learn more about how to get involved. 

A happy holiday to all and best wishes for 2018!

  • The SNOMED International Communications Team 

Proposal to Enhance SNOMED CT's Logic Capabilities

SNOMED International is proposing enhancements to SNOMED CT's logic features, both to enable improvements to the quality and analytics capabilities of SNOMED CT and to increase productivity in concept authoring.  
SNOMED International requests that users of SNOMED CT read the Executive Summary provided below, followed by the briefing paper also listed. 

Your feedback to the proposal would be greatly appreciated and will assist SNOMED International in making the provision of enhanced capabilities as seamless as possible for the majority of users.

SNOMED International will begin to respond to feedback received by 11 December 2017 on this page on our confluence site and continue until the end of this consultation exercise on 28th February 2018.   

Please pass this page on to any other parties you think would have an interest or be impacted by this proposal.

Consultation Links

Please contact for additional questions regarding this consultation. 

With over 260 delegates in attendance at this years SNOMED CT Expo, there was a groundswell of commitment, knowledge, and learning displayed from the SNOMED CT community. It was an accomplished assembly of those dedicated to progressing SNOMED CT in support of clinical information exchange. 

Please review the attached document "SNOMED CT Expo 2017: Reflections, Presentations & Videos" to take the opportunity to review the session presentations, and keynote and James Read Memorial Lecture presentations. 

Please contact for additional information.

Visit the SNOMED CT Expo 2018 website to stay up-to-date on details for the 2018 conference in Vancouver, BC, Canada. 

Visit to catch-up on the latest news within the SNOMED International community. Contact Kelly Kuru if you're interesting in profiling your SNOMED CT implementation successes within the next edition of 'The Concept.'  

  • Please ensure that you book your accommodation this week at the conference hotel, the Crowne Plaza Bratislava, before Saturday September 16th to take advantage of special delegate rates. 


  • Register here for the 2017 October Business Meeting and SNOMED CT Expo 2017
  • Please contact Alison Delle ( for additional assistance with the registration & payment process

Schedules & Programmes:

Getting to Bratislava:

Getting to Slovakia has never been simpler. Bratislava (BTS) and Vienna (VIE) are the two major airports that best reach the Slovak Republic. Hourly airport shuttles run from VIE, the likely choice for most international travellers, to Bratislava’s city center. Alternatively, Taxi's are available for hire from VIE.

For additional information, please contact Kelly Kuru, or Alison Delle,

The October 2017 Business Meeting Schedule is now available on the SNOMED International website.


Register here for the 2017 October Business Meeting and SNOMED CT Expo 2017. Have you already registered for the Business Meeting and/or Expo and need to add to your registration?

    • Modify your registration here by clicking "Already Registered?"
    • Enter your confirmation number* and select the ‘Modify’ option.
    • On the right hand side of the page, select “Registration” to add business meeting sessions to your existing registration.

Once completed, you will be sent a confirmation of your modification via email. All your selections will be automatically populated in your agenda in the conference app, making it easy to manage your schedule once you get to Bratislava.

*Please note that you will be asked to provide your confirmation number. If you have misplaced your confirmation number you can have it resent to the email address you registered with.


Ensure that you book your accommodation at the conference hotel, the Crowne Plaza Bratislava, before September 16th to take advantage of special delegate rates.

Getting to Bratislava:

Getting to Slovakia has never been simpler. Bratislava (BTS) and Vienna (VIE) are the two major airports that best reach the Slovak Republic. Hourly airport shuttles run from VIE, the likely choice for most international travellers, to Bratislava’s city center.  

For additional information, please contact Alison Delle,

SNOMED International has a number of voluntary Advisory Groups designed to provide expert advice on the development and implementation of its products and services. See for information on each of the groups.

At this time, SNOMED International is seeking volunteers to serve on the following Advisory Groups: 

  • Content Managers Advisory Group
  • E-Learning Advisory Group
  • SNOMED CT Editorial Advisory Group
  • Terminology Release Advisory Group

How do I apply for a position on a SNOMED International Advisory Group?

Selection Process

Anyone can apply. The deadline for submitting a nomination or application is Wednesday, 23 August 2017. Then a Shortlist Group and a Nominating Committee will be responsible for selecting qualified experts from the candidates. All candidates will be notified by email in by mid-September as to whether or not they have been selected.

Checklist for your application

Applicants, please make sure you have at least the following 4 items in your email submission to

  1. Completed Nomination Form, including your declaration of interest (see attached document)
  2. Your CV (resume)
  3. A self-assessment on the relevant skills matrix (see attached document)
  4. A statement of interest (see attached document)

Please contact with questions, or for additional information on the Advisory Group nomination process.  

SNOMED International is pleased to announce the publication of the SNOMED CT Template Syntax v1.0. The Template Syntax presents the formal rules for representing slots in SNOMED CT expressions, expression constraints and queries. A slot represents a constraint and/or a placeholder for a value that is not known at the time of authoring, but which can be completed at a later time.


The SNOMED CT Template Syntax may be used in conjunction with any of the computable SNOMED CT languages to represent templates of various kinds in a consistent way. For example, the Template Syntax can be used with SNOMED CT Compositional Grammar to create the SNOMED CT Expression Template Language. The Expression Template Language v1.0 incorporates the latest version of the SNOMED CT Expression Constraint Language (v1.3) to restrict the valid values that may be used to populate a slot. Expression templates can be used to support a variety of use cases, including the authoring of concepts and the creation of patterns for postcoordination.


For more information, please refer to or contact