SNOMED International continues to closely monitor the status of the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 - current status for October 2020

We are making contingency plans for the October conference.

If we feel that the COVID-19 risk to our Community of Practice is still too great to gather in person, we will move to a virtual event to allow Business Meetings to convene and for Expo presenters to share their great SNOMED CT work. Should we cancel the in-person event, we will do so with sufficient notice to respect the impact to your travel plans.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to the Events team via if you have any immediate questions.

October 2020 Business Meeting information

The 2020 October Business Meetings will be held from October 4 to October 7, 2020 at the Pestana Palace Lisboa, Hotel & National Monument in Lisbon, Portugal (followed by the two-day SNOMED CT Expo 2020). 

Schedule & registration

The schedule for the October 2020 Business Meetings is currently under development.

Registration will open in mid July 2020.

Venue & accommodation

Pestana Palace Lisboa, Hotel & National Monument
Lisbon, Portugal

Negotiated accommodation rates at the Pestana Palace have been secured by SNOMED International:

  • Single Rate: EUR €160 (approx. $180 USD)
  • Double Rate: EUR €175 (approx. $200 USD)

Rates are valid for bookings between 02-09 October, 2020 and are available until 29 September, 2020. Please email the hotel directly if you need to extend your stay beyond these dates. 

The above rates are inclusive of:

  • Daily American buffet breakfast in the main restaurant.
  • Free access to the indoor and outdoor swimming pools, sauna, Turkish bath, Jacuzzi and gymnasium.
  • Free Wi-Fi internet access in all public areas, meeting rooms and bedrooms.
  • Complimentary luggage service.
  • Legal taxes and service (except city tax*).

*City Tax: Effective January 1, 2016 a tourism tax of EUR 2 per person, per night, will be charged and collected at the property. This tax does not apply from 8th night of stay and children 13 and below are exempt. This amount has been determined by the local administration. Tax subject to change without prior notice. 

Please note the following booking Terms & Conditions:

  • Attendees will be responsible for their Guest Room and incidental charges 
  • Each participant will book directly and supply a credit card on the Hotel booking reservation method.
  • Credit Card provided will be used as a guarantee and will only be charged if the reservation is not cancelled more than three (3) days before arrival date (before Tuesday, September 29, 2020). After this date all bedrooms booked will be fully charged in case of cancellation or no-show.
  • Any fees collected at this time in the case of cancellation or no-show rooms will be charged to the individuals and will not be counted towards any attrition penalties paid by SNOMED International, if applicable.

Travel discounts

As the official airline of the October 2020 Business Meetings and SNOMED CT Expo 2020, TAP Air Portugal has agreed to offer a 15% discount on Economy and Business Class airfares to our participants.

Bookings must be made and paid-for exclusively through TAP Air Portugal’s website, please click the link below to download more information.

Entry visas & letters of invitation

As a member of the European Union, Portugal is part of the Schengen Agreement

SNOMED International encourages each attendee to confirm the entry and exit requirements* to Portugal with your home department of international affairs or passport issuing body. Please begin the process early if you do require a visa or electronic travel authorization.
*SNOMED International does not assume liability for entry and exit decisions made by foreign governments.

If you require an invitation letter from SNOMED International please note that the deadline to request one is 04 September, 2020.

Subscribe for updates

Keep up to date with registration, accommodation and scheduling details as they develop for the 2020 October Business Meetings and SNOMED CT Expo.

The organization's twice annual business meetings provide an oportunity for staff and the Community of Practice to engage and discuss progress to date and future planning for prioriites relating to SNOMED CT.
  • Formal business meetings of governance and advisory bodies (groups with an appointed or elected membership)
  • Meetings of some SNOMED International working groups: working sessions of groups, completing a defined set of deliverables
  • Many meetings are open to observers

The October business meetings are held in conjunction with and precede the annual SNOMED CT Expo

Subscribe to SNOMED International news

Stay up to date on SNOMED news, features, developments and newsletters by subscribing to our news service.