Take advantage of negotiated rates today!
Competitive rates at the Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur have been secured by SNOMED International and close October 10th.
Rates are inclusive of full American, Indian and Asian breakfast, and do not include taxes.


October 2019 Business Meeting Schedule


An exciting lineup of Sponsors, Exhibitors and Strategic Partners.

Learn about our industry partners and their contributions and participation in the digital health and SNOMED CT ecosystem. 

View our roster of sponsors, exhibitors and supporters

We are proud to partner with Malaysia's Health Informatics Centre on the production of the SNOMED CT Expo 2019.

We look forward to seeing you in Kuala Lumpur!

SNOMED CT Expo 2019's keynote speakers and sponsors include:

Read the full program

Register here

Book your accommodations today and take advantage of a beautiful conference venue and high quality breakfast for a reasonable negotiated rate (book by October 10th)

SNOMED International now invites Member countries to submit their expressions of interest for hosting the October Business Meeting and SNOMED CT Expo in 2022.

Please see the link and document below for full details:

October Business Meetings & SNOMED CT Expo - Prospective Host Resource Page

As was announced at the London Business Meeting this past April, the Global Patient Set (GPS) has been released today. Along with today's linked press release, below is additional information on the GPS to support your knowledge and share among your colleagues and networks. 

SNOMED International has introduced the GPS to support health information interoperability across care settings, systems, organizations and national borders without the need for a SNOMED CT affiliate license. The GPS is being made available at no cost to users with the intention to release it annually.

The GPS, as a whole, is not a clinically curated list. Further, the GPS also excludes SNOMED CT’s inherent relationships and hierarchies; fundamental to the nature of an ontology and its ability to enable clinical data analytics, decision support, and power artificial intelligence, etc.  The complete set of concept synonyms and definitions are also not part of the GPS. 

What is the GPS? The GPS is a managed list of:

  • Existing SNOMED CT unique identifiers

  • Fully specified names (FSN)

  • Preferred terms in international English, and

  • Active/inactive flags

The scope of the GPS contains concepts from SNOMED CT refsets to support the following domains and potential uses:

The GPS (specifically the set of materials included in the GPS tab-separated values file) is produced by SNOMED International under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Public License,

Four scenarios, or use cases, have also been developed which explore how the GPS may be used in different contexts. The scenarios have been framed to tell a few GPS stories: Easing clinical transitions, enhancing digital maturity, supporting global interoperability and lastly, use in other contexts, including software and specification development. These are available in full in the implementation guide as well as a high level scenario summary document.

Please contact with your questions and feedback or visit the GPS Information page for additional resources.

GPS Resources:

A number of resources have been developed to support the launch and subsequent use of the GPS:

  • GPS Information Page - The source for all information related to the GPS.

  • Registration Minisite - The site where users provide their contact information to register their use of the GPS. A download of the GPS file is then initiated.  

  • Implementation Guide - The implementation guide addresses terms and conditions, contents and use of the GPS.

  • GPS Scenarios - A document with summary GPS scenario, or use case, stories. These link to the implementation guide which contain the full scenarios.   

  • Frequently Asked Questions - Provides answers to some of the expected questions about the GPS. As more questions are received, we can add these to the existing collection. 

Please contact with your questions and feedback or visit the GPS Information page.

With roughly 2 months remaining before we kick off our October 2019 business meeting and Expo events, SNOMED International would like to take this opportunity remind you of a few important travel checks to ensure you have a smooth trip. 

1)    Visas:

  • While the majority of our delegates will not have to seek out a tourist or business visa to travel to Malaysia this October, SNOMED International encourages each attendee to confirm the entry and exit requirements* to Malaysia with your home department of international affairs or passport issuing body.

If you do require a visa for travel to Malaysia, please contact as you will require a signed letter of invitation from conference organizers to support your application process.

*SNOMED International does not assume liability for entry and exit decisions made by foreign governments.

2)    Transit from Kuala Lumpur International Airport

  • Express Rail Link provides airport transfer services for passengers travelling between KL International Airport (KLIA and KLIA2) and KL Sentral in Kuala Lumpur City. As our official airport transfer partners in KL, Express Rail Link are offering a KLIA Ekspres two-way tickets for 85.00 MYR (~$25 USD)
  • Tickets can be purchased here with promotional code: SNOMED19 [Sales period: 20 October – 1st November 2019; Ticket validity period: 20th October – 8th November 2019]

3)    Accommodation:

  • Book accommodations at the Business Meeting & Expo venue The Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
  • Single Rate: MYR 569.00 (approx. $140 USD)
    Double Rate: MYR 629.00 (approx. $155 USD)
    Above rates are inclusive of an American, Asian and Indian breakfast buffet and do not include applicable taxes.
  • Book Here – Rates close October 10th.

1)    Lastly…Register!

  • Don’t miss out on this truly international experience, register today.

The speakers have been confirmed, a full program set and the social and tourism events confirmed. All that remains is attendance and participation by you, our dedicated international community. Malaysia is a truly multicultural setting for our 2019 Expo. 

We are ~T-minus 2 months from this year's event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and encourage you to review the program, register and book your accommodation at the conference hotel. Competitive rates inclusive of full American, Asian and Indian breakfast have been secured by SNOMED International.  

Reach out to with questions or to request a 'Letter of Invitation' to support your travel visa process.   

Please note that the deadline for submitting nominations for 2019's SNOMED International Awards has been extended to Monday 8th July 2019.

SNOMED International acknowledges individual contributions to the organization and community through 2 awards:

  • The Award for Excellence (given annually), and
  • The Lifetime Achievement Award (awarded periodically) 

Please see the original notice below for full details on the awards and how to nominate:

Call for Nominations Open - 2019 SNOMED International Awards

SNOMED International is pleased to announce that registration for the forthcoming October Business Meetings and SNOMED CT Expo 2019 is now open.

The theme of this year's Expo is 'Leading health innovation through data'


Early bird registration closes July 31, 2019

SNOMED CT Expo 2019 Program Available

Our 2019 program features senior officials from Malaysia's Ministry of Health and a balanced range of concurrent speakers from the America's, Europe,

Middle East and Africa, and Asia Pacific.

Our Hosts

We are proud to partner with Malaysia's Health Informatics Centre on the production of the SNOMED CT Expo 2019 

Learn about HIC

Schedule Available Here

Travel Information

SNOMED International has secured competitive rates at the conference venue, the Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur.
Rates close October 10, 2019
Rates are inclusive of full American breakfast, and do not include taxes


Visit the Expo page on our website for information on discounted airport transfers and visa requirements.

Looking for more SNOMED CT Expo information? 

Visit the conference website or email for assistance with sponsorship, registration and booking hotel accommodation.

We hope to see you there!

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 IHTSDO Advisory Group Manual Home for information on each of the groups.

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

    • E-Learning (ELAG)
    • Modelling (MAG)
    • Terminology Release (TRAG)

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

Selection Process

Anyone can apply. The deadline for submitting a nomination is Friday, 14 June 2019. Once applications are reviewed, applicants not accepted will be notified immediately and final approvals will be reviewed and accepted by the AG Steering Group. All candidates will be notified by email by the end of June 2019. 

Application Checklist

Applicants, please make sure you include the following items in your email submission to

  1. Completed Nomination Form, including your declaration of interest and self-assessment of relevant skills per the applicable skills matrix (see attached document)
  2. Your CV (resume)

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

The time has come for the SNOMED International community of practice to submit nominations to support this year's SNOMED International awards process.

SNOMED International acknowledges individual contributions to the organization and community through 2 awards:

  • The Award for Excellence (given annually), and
  • The Lifetime Achievement Award (awarded periodically) 

In 2018, the Award for Excellence was awarded to Michael Lawley, and Andrew Wiesenthal was given the Lifetime Achievement Award.  

Your Challenge?

  • Think about someone who is worthy; Someone deserving; and Someone who should be honoured at the SNOMED International Gala dinner in Kuala Lumpur this October.
  • Note: An employee of SNOMED International is eligible to nominate someone so long as he or she finds someone from the Community of Practice to serve as a co-nominator.

The deadline to submit nominations has been extended to: July 8, 2019.

Submit your nominations to

Access the nomination forms, policies and FAQs from the below links:

It is through your thoughtful consideration and retrospection that we are able to honour the thought leaders in our community.  

Issue highlights include

Organization Updates:

  • HL7 and SNOMED International Agreement
  • New Member Announcements:
    • Kazakhstan
    • Austria
  • A Clinical Update
  • User Support Reference Group Update
  • Education:
    • SNOMED CT Implementation Course Enrolment Open
    • SNOMED CT Authoring Level 1 Course Live
    • So, what does this word mean? SNOMED CT Glossary
  • In Memoriam: Stewart Jessamine
  • Releases:
    • January 2019 International Edition Release
    • Changes to SNOMED CT Release Schedule for Derivative Products
  • Demo: SNOMED CT Powering Clinical Data Analytics

Member & Affiliate Updates:

  • SNOMED Ireland 2018 Annual Report
  • Canada is Recruiting for a Standards SME


  • April 2019 Business Meeting Update
  • SNOMED CT Expo Call for Abstracts Open
  • HL7 FHIR DevDays 2019

In addition to the twice annual release of the SNOMED CT International edition, SNOMED International produces and releases a number of SNOMED CT derivative products which are released on a 6 monthly cycle, and in line with the SNOMED CT International Edition release.
Recent work to evaluate the use of these products among our different stakeholder groups has indicated that current usage of the range of derivative products is comparatively low due to stakeholder challenges with consuming a twice annual release.  This, coupled with our efforts to better utilize the organization’s content and release resources, has led SNOMED International to the decision to move to an annual release cycle for these products, following an established schedule in line with the January or July International Edition release.

Contact for additional information.