Belgium joined as a Member in September 2013 following a strategic decision to adopt SNOMED CT® as the main Belgian health system’s clinical terminology.
The Belgian representative to SNOMED International is the Federal Public Service of Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment. The Federal Public Service of Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment acts as the single point of contact for SNOMED CT developments and licenses, thus demonstrating the Terminology Centre. The Terminology Center coordinates the Belgian participation in and contribution to SNOMED International activities.
The Terminology Center is responsible for managing, developing and distributing terminology to support the clinical terminology requirements of the Belgian healthcare community. This responsibility extends to licensing SNOMED CT on behalf of SNOMED International.
The Terminology Center will make SNOMED CT available throughout Belgium for use in electronic health records, health research, and other applications. Users of the terminology in Belgium will also be granted access to new resources as they are developed.
The Terminology Center is equally responsible for defining and conveying a national approach to clinical terminology, to support the efficient and accurate electronic recording and exchange of clinical information across the health sector and to increase and stimulate the awareness, knowledge, practices and use of SNOMED CT.
For more information, please contact the Belgian Terminology Center by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.