A SNOMED CT release package
that is only being released for review and testing by implementers and other stakeholders, prior to release of a production release
, and must not be used in production clinical systems or in clinical settings.
- The beta release status indicates the releasing organization expects to subsequently confirm it as a production release. However, if a significant issue is reported in its format or content during the feedback period, the releasing party reserves the right to withdraw a beta release, or to replace it with an updated beta release package. Therefore, the releasing organization does not commit deciding whether this will be treated as a production release until shortly before the due date for the next release. If a beta release is subsequently be confirmed as a production release, all subsequent updates to the additional components and derivatives will be fully version tracked from date of that beta release.
- Anyone testing the use of a beta release must be prepared for withdrawal or significant changes that may occur to the additional components or derivatives. Therefore, this data should not be used in an operational environment in ways that create a dependency on continued maintenance of the additional components or derivatives.
- Beta releases should not be distributed to Affiliate Licensees or any third parties except those who have formally committed to take part in an approved evaluation process.
- Beta releases were formerly known as “Candidate Baseline” releases.