Derived from the NSV classification, can be used for analysis of medical and surgical items.


  • Free to download
  • Hierarchy similar to NSV


  • Heading level only, no item level codes or standardized descriptions
  • Codes difficult to find and use
  • Headings added or changed frequently, making it difficult to stay up to date, or know which version is being used
  • Cannot be applied uniformly or quality assured
  • Cannot be used to collaborate on procurement or share information other than at a very high level
  • It is not a foundation for moving forward to full coding.
  • Some headings are confusing as they are duplicated in other areas