Testing Process & Test Methods

Overview

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) develops the functional and conformance testing requirements for the testing and certification of Health IT Modules to the certification criteria adopted by the Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary.

ONC – Authorized Testing Laboratories (ONC-ATLs)

ONC has collaborated with the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) to develop and maintain the Healthcare Information Technology Testing Laboratory Accreditation Program administered by NVLAP. The National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP), as administered by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), is responsible for accrediting and overseeing testing laboratories in the ONC Health IT Certification Program.

Effective December 19, 2016, the ONC Health IT Certification Program: Enhanced Oversight and Accountability Final Rule requires an applicant seeking to participate in the ONC Health IT Certification Program as an ONC-ATL to complete and submit an application for approval to the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. Once authorized, they are called ONC-ATLs. Pursuant to 170.511, applicants may seek for the scope of its authorization all certification criteria, a subset of all of the certification criteria (e.g., to support only privacy and security testing), one certification criterion, or a portion of one certification criterion. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on an on-going basis.

The following ONC-ATLs have been accredited by NVLAP and authorized by ONC to test Health IT Modules under the ONC Health IT Certification Program:

Submit an ONC-ATL Application

Test Methods

Only ONC-approved test methods can be used to test products intended for certification in the ONC Health IT Certification Program (please note that any individual or organization may submit test methods to ONC for approval). Test methods (test procedures, test data, and test tools) are used by ONC-ATLs and ONC-Authorized Certification Bodies (ONC-ACBs) to evaluate the conformance and functionality of Health IT Modules.

Content last reviewed on March 30, 2018
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