SNOMED International

New Zealand is a founder member of SNOMED International and plays an active part in its governance and operation.

New Zealand is one of nine founder members of the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation (IHTSDO), the not-for-profit organisation established in 2007 that now trades as SNOMED International.

The purpose of SNOMED International is to own, develop and administer SNOMED CT and related terminology products, and to support the adoption of SNOMED CT in member countries and around the world.

SNOMED International is a distributed organisation with its headquarters in London. The organisation is owned and governed by its 39 member countries in accord with the Articles of Association.

For more information about our involvement, visit the member country page for New Zealand on the SNOMED International website.

Governance, advisory and project groups

New Zealand is officially represented on the SNOMED International General Assembly and the Member Forum. We are also involved with a number of other advisory and project groups as active members of the organisation.

General Assembly

The General Assembly is the highest authority of the organisation. Each member country is entitled to be represented by an individual in the General Assembly.

Member Forum

The Member Forum acts as an advisory body to the organisation. It is responsible for facilitating the collaboration and coordination between member countries, providing subject matter expertise to the General Assembly, helping to prioritise the work programme, and sharing implementation materials and experiences.

Advisory Groups

A number of Advisory Groups manage specific activities that contribute to the organisation and its work programme. Advisory Groups are chaired by Management Team members and include member countries’ representatives and nominees.

Vendor Liaison Forum

The Vendor Liaison Forum is an advisory group that allows our industry partners to provide input into SNOMED CT development, release and implementation.

Clinical Reference Groups

Clinical Reference Groups (CRGs) enable clinicians to work with peers around the world and contribute to the ongoing development of SNOMED CT. CRGs are managed by SNOMED International’s clinical engagement team. New Zealanders are involved in a number of CRGs.

Project Groups

Project Groups are established to focus on a specific task that is completed within a set timeframe. New Zealand is represented by volunteers on projects to develop SNOMED CT content in the areas of medicines, medical devices, diabetes and HL7 FHIR®. Individuals or groups who have clinical experience within a health specialty and are interested in contributing to future projects, can register their interest with SNOMED International.

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