Standards Version Advancement Process (SVAP)

*The public comment period for the Standards Version Advancement Process (SVAP) has been extended to May 2, 2022, to align with important standards development activities. Comment on the SVAP here. Remember to log in or register to post a comment.*

The Standards Version Advancement Process (SVAP) permits health IT developers to voluntarily update health IT products certified under the ONC Health IT Certification Program (Certification Program) to newer versions of adopted standards 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 newer approved version of a standard than is adopted in regulation. Currently, this flexibility is limited to standards that are adopted in the certification criteria required to meet the “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).

Certified Health IT Developers taking advantage of the SVAP flexibility must ensure that their Real World Testing plans and results of the Certified Health IT Modules address these updated standards. Additionally, developers updating their already Certified Health IT Modules are required to provide advance notice to their clients and ONC-Authorized Certification Body (ONC-ACB) before adopting a newer approved version of a standard.

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

Approved SVAP Versions

The approved SVAP versions for 2020 went into effect in the Certification Program beginning March 12, 2021. The following newer versions of adopted standards have been approved for use:

Approved Standards for 2020

Certification Criteria SVAP Version(s) Approved Current Standard Version(s) Regulatory Text Citation
CMS Implementation Guide for Quality Reporting Document Architecture: Category I; Hospital Quality Reporting; Implementation Guide for 2019
§ 170.205(h)(3)
§ 170.205(k)(3)
§ 170.204(a)(1)
§ 170.204(a)(2)
§ 170.205(s)(1)


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Content last reviewed on October 18, 2021
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