The production release of the July 2020 SNOMED CT® International Edition is now available

SNOMED CT in the context of 2020

Making it a priority to respond to global health concerns and the needs of our Members and affiliates, we have taken several steps to serve the global terminology community since the start of 2020, including:

About the July 2020 SNOMED CT International Edition Release

The July 2020 release contains 3,876 new concepts and 51,794 changed concepts within SNOMED CT’s 350,000+ concepts.

Continuous quality improvement and enhancement of existing content is an ongoing process undertaken by SNOMED International in preparation for every release. The July 2020 International Release has seen a continuation of the work driven by contributions from Kaiser Permanente i.e. Convergent Medical Terminology (CMT), Global Medical Device Nomenclature Agency, Orphanet and other domain specific collaborations, as well as requests received via SNOMED International’s Content Request System. SNOMED CT quality improvement activities have been advancing through a variety of project driven initiatives summarized within the July 2020 release notes
IMPORTANT: Content Changes Introduced After the July 2020 Member Release, and before the July 2020 Production Release

Two additional concepts (plus their related components) were added to the July 2020 release after the Member release on 30 June 2020.  They are therefore included in the final, public release of the July 2020 International Edition. The two new concepts are provided here, but also detailed within the July 2020 release notes:
  • 895231008|Not detected in pooled specimen (qualifier value)|
  • 890195008|International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation Global Patient Set module (core metadata concept)|

All changes are listed in the July 31 2020 SNOMED International Release Notes found on the releases page. Further, updates about content relating specifically to COVID-19 can be found here.

About the July 2020 SNOMED CT International Edition Additional Rollup Delta package

In addition to the regularly scheduled International Edition Release package, there is an additional, and OPTIONAL RF2 Rollup Delta package available in the same repository.  

This package should ONLY be utilised if you were unable to download and consume the Interim March 2020 International Edition release, and you can use DELTA files to update to the latest content.  

The SNOMED CT International Edition contains SNOMED CT DELTA files in Release Format 2 (RF2) only, distributed in a zipped file archive:
The Release Notes are separate from the International Edition release package, and can be downloaded as distinct files from the same MLDS release version, or accessed online here.

Where do I access SNOMED CT releases?

Information and resources pertaining to the July 2020 SNOMED CT International Edition release is located on our releases page.  If you have any questions about the July 2020 International Edition or related releases or packages, please contact SNOMED International at