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Standards Access

SNOMED CT®, LOINC® and Infoway software tools, are available at no cost to users with an active Infoway account. Simply confirm agreement of the Terms of Use yearly to maintain account. Fees are collected for access and use of HL7 International materials.

Canada Health Infoway is your Canadian source for standards that facilitate the availability of accurate health information at the right time, to the right person – which may lead to improved patient safety, faster access to care, cost savings, and ultimately better outcomes for consumers, clinicians and the health care system.

These standards are used to code and accurately share data to support a wide range of business and clinical needs such as:

  • Clinical Decision Support (e.g. alerts and reminders)
  • Synoptic Reporting (e.g. cancer care management)
  • Safe and secure exchange of health care information (e.g. drugs, labs, diagnostic imaging) across the continuity of care
  • Population health management (e.g. screening, public health)
  • Data analytics (e.g. performance management, research)

To access licensed international and national health information standards (e.g. SNOMED CT), simply login with your Infoway Account and accept the license agreements annually.

If you don't already have one, you can register for an Infoway Account.

No membership required

Infoway has removed the barriers to accessing standards and standards based materials. Fees are only collected for access and use of HL7 International materials.

SNOMED CT, LOINC and Infoway software tools, are available at no cost to users with an active Infoway account. Users are required to confirm agreement of the Terms of Use yearly to maintain account activity. When the agreement to the Terms of Use for an Infoway account has expired, users will be required to reconfirm agreement of the Terms of Use before being logged in to any Infoway sites.

HL7 International Access

HL7 International Access is required for:

  • All Canadian implementers incorporating HL7 materials in a product
  • Participating in HL7 International workgroups and ballots

HL7 International Membership is NOT required for viewing and/or downloading HL7 content from InfoCentral.

Access is for one year, April 1 - March 31, renewable annually.

Login and visit HL7 International Access to see your current status.

Types of Access

Infoway Account
  • No cost
  • Access to HL7 Localizations for the purposes of personal study only
  • No access to HL7 International Material
Register for an Infoway Account
HL7 International Access - Individual
with Infoway Account
(Canadians only)
  • $50 CDN per fiscal year, plus applicable taxes
  • Access to HL7 Localizations
  • Access to HL7 International Material as available to HL7 International Members through the HL7 International website
  • Participation in HL7 International workgroups and ballots
Register for HL7 International Access
(login with Infoway Account first)
HL7 International Access - Organization
with Infoway Account
(Canadians only)
  • $500 CDN per fiscal year, plus applicable taxes
  • Access to HL7 Localizations
  • Access to HL7 International Material as available to HL7 International Members through the HL7 International website
  • Provides access for an unlimited number of users at the same organization
  • Participation in HL7 International workgroups and ballots
HL7 International Access - for non-Canadians
with Infoway Account
  • Same fee structure as Canadian accounts
  • Access to HL7 Localizations
  • No access to HL7 International Material as provided to HL7 International Members through the HL7 International website.
  • No participation in HL7 International workgroups and ballots
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Standards Access FAQ

Q Are there any fees to access Standards?

A. Standards access is available at no charge. Fees are only collected for select HL7 materials and HL7 International privileges.  This means that all SNOMED CT, LOINC and Infoway solutions such as InfoRMS, Message Builder, HL7 Explorer and others, are available at no cost.  The HL7 fee table and additional details is published above.

Q I was a member or premium member of the Standards Collaborative. How do I renew my membership?

A. Infoway no longer requires a membership to the Standards Collaborative to access standards. As of June 2015, all SNOMED CT, LOINC and Infoway software tools, previously limited to Premium members, were made available at no cost to users with an active Infoway account.

Infoway account users are required to reconfirm agreement of the Terms of Use by March 31 of each year to maintain account activity. When the agreement to the Terms of Use for an Infoway account expires, the user is prompted to reconfirm agreement at login before being accessing any Infoway sites.

Q How often do I have to accept the license agreements?

A. To maintain access to Standards materials from Infoway, acceptance of the license agreements is required annually. You will be prompted to renew your acceptance of the license agreements automatically when they have expired.

Q I tried to register for access to HL7 International but I live and work outside of Canada.  Why can't I access HL7 International Material?

A. Infoway's HL7 Affiliate Agreement stipulates that we can only provide access to HL7 International Material to members that reside in Canada, with the following exceptions noted below:

  • Those living outside of Canada but working full time for a Canadian organization who has HL7 International Access with Infoway; or
  • Those with business in Canada who are also HL7 International organizational members in good standing.

If you qualify for access to HL7 International Material through Infoway under the exceptions outlined above, we kindly ask that you provide this information via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for our records so we can help facilitate your access.

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