COVID-19 Information Standards

COVID-19 Information Standards


Updates on ICD-10 and SNOMED CT

Here you can find out the latest on the different standards to support the capture of quality data in relation to COVID-19; both to support the care of the individual and further epidemiology studies.

The content provided is relevant to frontline clinical staff, information managers and suppliers, clinical coders and those undertaking research studies.

The site provides a summary of information and further links to additional detail for SNOMED CT, Pathology and ICD-10.

COVID-19 Bi-weekly SNAP update

An update will normally be provided every alternate Friday during the COVID-19 pandemic


We will keep updating our FAQs in relation to data standards and COVID-19 as questions are raised via our helpdesk.

You may also be interested in those collated by the PRSB.


The codes reserved in ICD-10 for such emergencies as the current pandemic have been allocated by the World Health Organization.

Visit our COVID-19 and ICD-10 page for more information. 


The names of tests and the test results relating to COVID-19 have been incorporated into the SNOMED CT clinical extension as part of the 22nd April 2020 release. Guidance for end users on these is incorporated in a document produced in collaboration with the PRSB; please note this includes clinical care related terms as well.

In addition, NHS Digital have produced guidance for the national naming, coding and processing of SARS-COV-2 Pathology tests. 

Please note that the current version of the guidance (v1.1.7)  covers the population of PMIP NHS003 messages and the mapping of the message payload to SNOMED CT for filing into General Practice EPR systems.

If you are involved only in this data exchange you can ignore the draft status of this document  and use the codes and descriptions found here with confidence. The next version on the guidance (v2.0) will be published shortly and will contain additional information for Labs and LIMS on naming requestable and reportable items related  to SARS-COV-2 Testing.

Visit the latest news area of our Pathology and Diagnostics workspace for more information on Pathology and COVID-19.


The latest release was published on 20th May 2020.  This is the third emergency COVID-19 “microrelease.” Specific details on the content in this release can be found in the latest SNAP Update: Issue 3. 

Further incremental “micro-releases” of the UK SNOMED CT Clinical Extension are planned to coincide with the next scheduled releases of the UK SNOMED CT Drug Extension

Visit our SNOMED CT Terminology Releases page for more information.

PRSB Collaboration

NHS Digital continue to work with the Professional Record Keeping Standards Body (PRSB) to raise awareness of the SNOMED CT response to COVID-19, and to gather, coordinate and prioritise multi-professional input into new content requests. The spreadsheet containing the list of COVID-19-related codes and working definitions, developed with PRSB, has been updated to include the codes published on 13th May, and reflects evolving usage guidance such as developments in laboratory test communication, shielding risk and general practice usage guidance from the Faculty of Clinical Informatics.

The following diagrams summarise the COVID-19 related codes that should now be in Electronic Patient Record (EPR) systems.

Please note. The diagram does not include the list of pathology tests and test results. For clarity, the SNOMED CT concept ids are provided; the term text may differ slightly to that on the diagram (sometimes shortened) but the key words to enable searching are provided.

Codes released in April are depicted by red concept ids in the diagram.

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For an information version of the above graphic please click on the image to the right.

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The Professional Record Standards Body (PRSB) has published guidance for health and care professionals to accompany the release of COVID-19 related UK SNOMED CT codes.  This will help health and care professionals manage clinical information to improve patient care. It will also support central data collections to help manage the pandemic and aid research and planning.

The Faculty of Clinical Informatics have published guidance specifically for General Practice on coding in relation to COVID-19.