B3. What is the role of ONC-Authorized Certification Bodies (ONC-ACBs) in the ONC Health IT Certification Program and how do organizations apply to become an ONC-ACB?

ONC-ACBs certify Health IT Modules have been successfully tested by an ONC – Authorized  Testing Laboratory (ONC-ATL) against the certification criteria adopted by the Secretary. ONC-ACBs submit certified Health IT Modules for posting on the Certified Health IT Product List (CHPL).

An organization seeking to apply to become an ONC-ACB must submit an application to the ONC-Approved Accreditor (ONC-AA) to seek accreditation. Contact information for the ONC-AA can be found here

Once the organization is accredited, they must apply to ONC to become an ONC-ACB. An application for ONC-ACB status may be submitted to the National Coordinator at any time.

The application process is highlighted in the Establishment of the Permanent Certification Program for Health Information Technology [PDF - 534 KB] in sections 170.525, 170.530, and 170.535.

Additional instructions can be found here.

Content last reviewed on September 11, 2020
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