"The Classification of Surgical Procedures (NCSP) is based on the traditions of the surgical profession in the Nordic countries and reflects surgical practice in these countries in 1994. It constitutes the first common Nordic classification of surgical procedures. In producing this classification attention has been paid to generally accepted requirements for surgical procedure components as seen in concurrent classification development. In addition the classification is designed to give reasonable scope for expansion to meet anticipated future advances in the field of surgical procedures. With these updates the NCSP is expected to do good service as a regional classification for some years."