Standards Version Advancement Process (SVAP)

The Standards Version Advancement Process (SVAP) permits health IT developers to voluntarily update health IT products certified under the ONC Health IT Certification Program to newer versions of Secretary-adopted standards and implementation specifications as part of the “Real World Testing” Condition and Maintenance of Certification requirement (§ 170.405) of the 21st Century Cures Act.

Using SVAP, certified health IT developers are permitted to voluntarily use a more advanced version of the standard(s) and implementation specification(s) approved by the National Coordinator, than is adopted in the ONC 2015 Edition Certification Criteria. Currently, this flexibility is limited to standards and implementation specifications that are adopted in the certification criteria required to meet “Real World Testing” condition of certification, which include § 170.315(b), (c)(1) through (c)(3), (e)(1), (f), (g)(7) through (g)(10), and (h). 

Health IT developers taking advantage of the SVAP flexibility must ensure that their Real World Testing plans and results of the certified health modules use these updated standards and implementation specifications. Additionally, certified health IT developers are required to provide advance notice to their clients and their ONC-Authorized Certification Body (ONC-ACB) before adopting the new standards.

Working with industry stakeholders, ONC has developed a collaborative public comment process to identify versions of the standards or implementation specifications that are ready for use in the Program. For additional information on the annual process, including the list of standards and implementation specifications (and their versions) eligible for consideration, please visit the SVAP Process Page.

Approved SVAP Versions

ONC has completed the review and assessment of comments for the 2020 SVAP Cycle, and the following standards and implementation specifications versions have been approved for use:

Approved Standards for 2020 


The approved SVAP versions for 2020 will go into effect and be available in the ONC Health IT Certification Program beginning March 12, 2021. More details regarding operational information for the SVAP will be made available on this page at that time.


Content last reviewed on January 25, 2021
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