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United Kingdom

The United Kingdom (UK) is a founder member of SNOMED International, and its representative is NHS Digital, on behalf of the UK countries.  NHS Digital is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department of Health for England. NHS Digital is working closely with the UK countries to ensure a consistent and coherent contribution to SNOMED International. 

NHS Digital provides data, information and technology resource for the health and care system and plays a fundamental role in driving better care, better services and better outcomes for patients in England.  NHS Digital is the trusted source of authoritative data, information and information standards relating to health and care.

NHS Digital is responsible for discharging the various Member country responsibilities, which includes the governance of clinical terminology and related activities.  The Information Representation Service (IReS) UK Strategic Board sets the strategic direction for terminology and includes representatives from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

NHS Digital is the UK Member’s National Release Centre for the creation of, and delegated authority to license, SNOMED CT UK Edition and derivatives.  This role is undertaken by NHS Digital’s Information Representation Services.

For more information about SNOMED CT UK Edition, licensing, requests for new terms, training, advice and related products, visit:

For any specific enquiries related to SNOMED CT contact the Information Representation Services at:


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