Each Member is entitled to be represented by an individual in SNOMED International’s General Assembly. The General Assembly is the highest authority of the organization and can make binding decisions regarding all matters. Members play a critical governance role through the approval of the organization's budget and strategy.

The Management Board has overall responsibility for the management and direction of SNOMED International. The Management Board, and each Director individually, has a duty to act in a manner which they reasonably believes is in the best interests of the Association. Though elected by the General Assembly, Management Board Directors do not represent their countries.


Member Forum

The Member Forum is an advisory body to the organization, whose role is to facilitate collaboration and cooperation between the Members, provide Member priorities for all new and proposed SNOMED International projects and products, and promote learning from shared experiences. It promotes consultation and communication at an operational level between SNOMED International and Members.

Member Forum representatives will ideally be knowledgeable about all operational and business aspects of the Member’s national release center and have open communications channels with their General Assembly Representative. Structurally, the Member Forum advises the Management Board, but it also has strong ties to the working levels of the organization.

Advisory Groups

Advisory Groups (AGs) conduct specific activities that contribute to the fulfillment of the Management Team’s responsibilities and the organization’s mandate. The AGs are chaired by Management Team members and are agile in nature, given the changing needs and direction of the organization.

Vendor Liaison Forum

The Vendor Liaison Forum also advises the Management Board and allows vendors to provide input into SNOMED CT development, release and implementation.

Articles of association

Arrangements for governance of the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation (trading as SNOMED International) and SNOMED CT are specified in the IHTSDO Articles of Association.

General Assembly

The General Assembly is SNOMED International's highest authority. The General Assembly ensures that the purpose, objects and principles of the Association are pursued and that the interests of the organization are safeguarded. The General Assembly can make binding decisions regarding all matters relating to SNOMED International, subject to and in accordance with the provisions of the Articles.

General Assembly

Alejandro Lopez Osornio Argentina
Steven Issa Australia
Dr. Stefan Sabutsch Austria
Tom Van Renterghem, Directorate General of Healthcare, Dept. Data Management Belgium 
Wilson Coelho Brazil
Michael Green, Canada Health Infoway Canada
Alejandra Lozano Chile
Vasos Scoutellas Cyprus
Libor Seidl, Ministry of Health Czech Republic/KSRZIS Czech Republic
Marianne Holdt, National eHealth Authority Denmark
Kerli Linna   Estonia
Juha Mykkänen Finland
Vicky Fung, Hospital Authority   Hong Kong, China
Gudrun Audur Hardardottir, Ministry of Health Iceland
Lav Argarwal, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare India
Niall Sinnott, Department of Health Ireland
Boaz Lev, Ministry of Health Israel
Eng. Feras Kamal Jordan
Olzhas Abishev Kazakhstan
Martynas Bieliauskas, Lithuanian Library of Medicine Lithuania
Raffaella Vaccaroli Luxembourg
Md Khadzir Sheikh Ahmad Malaysia
Hugo Agius-Muscat Malta
Lies van Gennip, National IT Institute for Healthcare (Nictiz) (CHAIR) Netherlands
Alastair Kenworthy, New Zealand Ministry of Health New Zealand
Alfhild Stokke Norway
Pawel Masiarz Poland
Henrique Martins Portugal
Eng. Hashem Abubaker Saudi Arabia
Low Cheng Ooi Singapore
Pavol Rieger, National Information Health Center   Slovak Republic
Mate Beštek, Division of eHealth, Ministry of Health Rep. Slovenia
Arturo Romero Gutiérrez, Ministry of Health, Social Affairs and Equality Spain
Tom Nilstierna Sweden
Adrian Schmid Switzerland
Alex Elias, NHS Digital (VICE-CHAIR) United Kingdom
Vivian Auld, National Library of Medicine United States
Pablo Orefice Uruguay

General Assembly Minutes

Meeting minutes from Open General Assembly proceedings:

Management Board

The Management Board has overall responsibility for the management and direction of SNOMED International. The Management Board, and each Director individually, has a duty to act in a manner which they reasonably believe is in the best interests of the organization and is consistent with the pursuit and the protection of our purpose, objects and principles. 

Lady Barbara Judge, CBE, Chair

Lady Barbara Judge CBE has served as the National Chairman of the UK Institute of Directors, as well as Chairman Emeritus of the UK Atomic Energy Authority, having been its Chairman from 2004- 2010. She is also currently Chairman of the Energy Institute of University College London and Deputy Chairman of the Tepco Nuclear Reform Committee. A UK Business Ambassador, Lady Judge is also a member of the UAE Advisory Board for the Development of Peaceful Nuclear Energy and Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Association of Consultancy and Engineering (ACE). In addition she is a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University.

In June 2016 she completed two terms as Chairman of the UK Pension Protection Fund. Earlier in her career she was appointed as the youngest ever Commissioner of the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Thereafter she was appointed as the first woman Executive Director of Samuel Montagu and News International. In 2010 Lady Judge was awarded Commander of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List and in 2015 she received a Sunday Times Non-Executive Director Award for her chairmanship of the Pension Protection Fund.

Cheemin Bo-Linn

Dr. Bo-Linn is CEO and President of Peritus Partners Inc. and sits on the Board of Directors for Evena Medical and other public company boards. Dr. Bo-Linn previously held the role of Vice President of IBM Corp. and was recognized for innovative leadership as the 2015 inductee into the "Hall of Fame for Women in Science and Technology". In 2016, Dr. Bo-Linn was honored as "Top CEOs Leading STEM" (Science, Tech, Engineering, and Mathematics).

Douglas Fridsma

Dr. Fridsma is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). Prior to joining AMIA, Dr. Fridsma was the Chief Science Officer for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and has held academic appointments at the University of Pittsburgh, Arizona State University, University of Arizona, and Mayo Clinic.

Gong Mengchun

Dr. Gong is the Executive Director, National Rare Diseases Registry System of China. Dr. Gong was previously a physician at the Department of Internal Medicine, Peking Union Medical College Hospital, as well as serving as the Medical Informatics Consultant for Fudan University, Children’s Hospital.

Joanne Burns

Joanne Burns is the Chief Strategy Officer for the Cerner Corporation. Ms. Burns has held leadership roles with Cerner, the Tiger Institute for Health Innovation and Stanford University Medical Center. Ms. Burns has extensive experience setting up and leading governance boards and received Program Certification in “Women on Boards” from the Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health in 2016.

Matic Meglic

Dr. Meglic is the Digital Health Director EMEA at Medtronic. Dr. Meglic has been a contributor to EU public health informatics as CIO, Slovene National Institute of Public Health and coordinator of the key EU ePublicHealth policy project PARENT. Dr. Meglic has also served as Co-chair of epSOS Steering Board and actively contributed to a number of other EU semantic interoperability initiatives.

Member Forum

The Member Forum acts as an advisory body to SNOMED International and optimizes collaboration and coordination among Member countries. It is co-chaired by an elected representative of the Member Forum along with a co-chair from SNOMED International.

Member Forum Representatives

Karina Revirol and Guillermo Reynoso Argentina
Dion McMurtrie and Matt Cordell Australia
Dr. Stefan Sabutsch Austria
Katrien Scheerlinck and Ingrid Mertens Belgium
Mara Lucia dos Santos Costa and Leandro Manassi Panitz Brazil
Linda Parisien and Andrea MacLean Canada
Alejandra Lozano Chile
TBD Cyprus
Libor Seidl Czech Republic
Camilla Wiberg Danielsen Denmark
Krista Kärt and Egle Sepajõe  Estonia
Hanna-Leena Saarela and Mikko Härkönen Finland
Vicky Fung Hong Kong, China
Gudrun Audur Hardardottir and Ingi Steinar Ingason Iceland
Gaur Sunder India
Theresa Barry Ireland
Yael Applbaum Israel
Afnan Jebril Jordan
Zhanya Nurgaliyeva and Marzhan Yerbolatova Kazakhstan
Martynas Bieliauskas and Kristina Dienine Lithuania
Olivier Lepanto Luxembourg
'Ismat Binti Mohd Sulaiman and Muhamad Fareed bin Mohamad Saroni Malaysia
Hugo Agius-Muscat Malta
Pim Volkert and Elze de Groot Netherlands
Alastair Kenworthy (co-chair) and Tracy Thompson New Zealand
Jostein Ven and Gunn Sign Jakobsen Norway
Lukasz Furgala and Agata Szewczak Poland
Carla Marques Pereira and Anabela Santos Portugal
Alen Vrecko Republic of Slovenia
Mr. Mohammad Alshehri Saudi Arabia
Adele Lee and Wong Jing Jing Singapore
Monika Geletová and Patricia Khandlova Slovak Republic
Francisco José Sánchez Laguna Spain
Lotti Barlow and Daniel Karlsson Sweden
Pero Grgic Switzerland
Elaine Wooler and Angie Quinn United Kingdom
Vivian Auld and Patrick McLaughlin United States
Fernando Portilla and Rossana Occhiuzzi Uruguay

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