What happens to never-published prerelease codes?

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    Marc de Graauw
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    The LOINC prerelease page states: ” It is possible that they may not be published in the next, or any, public release.”

    What happens to LOINC codes that never make it to any release? They won’t have a status. Can they be reused in LOINC, or are they guaranteed never to be used for other concepts?

    We (in the Netherlands) will need to support some prerelease concepts, and I need to know whether the LOINC code will be a reliable identifier. Of course, in cases where they don’t make it to any LOINC release, we’ll have to abandon those, but that might take some time.

    #429154
    Swapna Abhyankar
    Moderator

    Hi Marc,

    We never reuse LOINC codes. In the rare case that codes are published on the pre-release page but never get officially released, they still persist in our internal database and will not be used again.

    Thanks,

    Swapna

    #429155
    Dirk Bakkeren
    Participant

    Hi Swapna. Do you know how many pre-release LOINC code never made it to the next, or any, publication?

    Thanks in advance

    Dirk Bakkeren

    #429259
    Swapna Abhyankar
    Moderator

    Hi Dirk,

    I don’t have an exact number, but over the last five years I would estimate 5-10, and the actual number is probably even lower than that.

    Thanks,

    Swapna

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