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SNOMED CT-AU and Australian Medicines Terminology September 2019 Release

Published 24 September 2019

The National Clinical Terminology Service (NCTS) is pleased to announce that the September combined release of SNOMED CT® AU1 and the Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT) is now available to registered users from the NCTS website.

The Release Note is provided alongside the combined RF2 release files which are available as Full, Snapshot and Delta, in addition to the traditional combined release bundle (labelled "ALL"). To access the Release Note and download the RF2 files, select SNOMED CT-AU > Release Bundles from the ACCESS tab.

The reference sets are available in TSV format (containing pre-computed values for concept IDs, Fully Specified Name, Preferred Term and Synonym description only) and as HL7™FHIR® standard2 value sets (which may also be obtained via the integration interface of the National Terminology Server. To download the reference sets, select SNOMED CT-AU > Reference Sets from the ACCESS tab.

Important Information

RCPA - Pathology Terminology and Information Models

The RCPA – SPIA Requesting Allergens v1.0 is now available. This set of terms is intended to enable the requesting of the majority of allergens commonly found in Australia, with the specific terms and codes enhancing the context of information provided to laboratory staff and clinicians. Several other datasets have also been updated. These can be downloaded from ACCESS.

Full details can be found in the RCPA Pathology Terminology and Information Models Release Note v1.2 (see below).

Document Library Update

The following document has been added to the Document Library:

Please refer to Recent Updates for further details.

Quick Tips

Each month we will be providing you with a new quick tip on the use of our products or how to navigate our website, as well as documents with links to further information (where applicable). If you have a suggestion for a tip, please let us know using the feedback details below.

Product Availability

There are many products represented in the AMT, with over 36 thousand CTPPs - but what does it mean? Here are our Quick Tips -

  • A medicine that is included in the AMT is not necessarily currently registered or available in the market. Medicines are considered active in AMT, even if they have been withdrawn from the market, to support historical record keeping.
  • Our current policy of adding all registered pack sizes into the AMT was implemented in 2017. Prior to 2017 the AMT was selective with pack sizes being added to AMT, where availability had to be determined to be true as a requirement for addition into AMT.
  • The main sources for content are the PBS/RPBS and the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG). Special Access Scheme (SAS) and other medicinal items for human use with national relevance are added as requested by users.

New content requests can be submitted via the online content request form.

Education Sessions


The NCTS plans to schedule further live webinars throughout 2019; all licence holders will be notified when these dates are made available. If you would like to register an expression of interest or request a specific topic, please contact us using the feedback details below.

Please also visit the webinars section in the Document Library to view the existing pre-recorded webinars.

Where can I find technical guides and other resources?

All SNOMED CT AU and AMT documentation, including technical and implementation guides, is freely available for download from the NCTS Document Library without registering or logging in. However, if you are a registered user we recommend that you log in before downloading any material so that we can better target our communications to you, based on the resources that you have downloaded.

Terminology browsers

Shrimp3 is available online at Search both SNOMED CT AU and AMT content, or browse the hierarchies by selecting the latest version of “SNOMED Clinical Terms Australian Extension” in the drop-down menu.


Development by the NCTS relies on the input and cooperation of the Australian healthcare community. We value your feedback and encourage questions, comments, or suggestions about our products. You can contact us by completing the online support request form, via email [email protected], or call 1300 901 001.

Thank you for your continued support.


  1. "SNOMED" and "SNOMED CT" are registered trademarks of the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation (IHTSDO).
  2. FHIR is a registered trademark of Health Level Seven International.
  3. Shrimp was developed by the Australian e-Health Research Centre (AEHRC).

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