Governance and advisory
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 (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.