The Health Information Standards Organisation has endorsed the use of SNOMED CT as the clinical terminology to be used across the health and disability sector in NZ.

Published online: 
08 February 2017

SNOMED CT is the comprehensive multilingual clinical terminology used around the world. Internationally, SNOMED CT is being implemented as a key standard for electronic health records.

When implemented in software applications, SNOMED CT will enable the capture of clinical information on a consistent and reliable basis, enabling this information to be stored and shared without ambiguity. Its structure allows for robust decision support, best practice advice, and context sensitive medical warnings.

SNOMED International – a not-for-profit agency based in London – owns, develops and promotes the use of SNOMED CT worldwide. New Zealand is a founding charter member and its annual membership fee covers unlimited use of SNOMED CT in New Zealand.

The Ministry of Health represents the New Zealand Government as a member of SNOMED International and distributes SNOMED CT in New Zealand to registered users


For health care providers

  • Improved continuity of care
  • Improved patient safety and productivity
  • Improved seamless working between public/private and primary/secondary care providers
  • Improved quality in clinical audit, research and secondary use services
  • consistency and certainty in the seamless transfer of clinical information

For patients/consumers

  • Improved safety
  • Improved confidence in care provided
  • Improved access to care information

For secondary users

  • Improved coding quality (direct feedback)
  • Improved information for planning
  • Improved public health research

Find out more

For more information, visit the SNOMED CT National Release Centre.

Publishing information

  • Date of publication:
    08 February 2017
  • Ordering information:
    Only soft copy available to download
  • Copyright status:

    Third-party content. Please check the document or email the Web Manager to find out how to obtain permission to re-use content.

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