This is an abbreviation for alpha release package.

alpha release package

SNOMED CT release package made available only for initial review and testing by implementers and other stakeholders. 


  • An alpha release package must not be used in production clinical systems or in clinical settings. This includes Affiliate Licensees or any third parties, except those who have formally committed to test it.
  • An alpha release is used to test the format and content of the SNOMED CT release. Feedback is elicited and changes are made prior to publication of the beta release.
  • Alpha releases were formerly known as a technology preview releases.


  • Alpha package
  • Alpha release

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