About the ONC Health IT Certification Program
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) Health IT Certification Program is a voluntary certification program established by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to provide for the certification of health IT standards, implementation specifications and certification criteria adopted by the Secretary. The ONC Health IT Certification Program supports the availability of certified health IT for its encouraged and required user under other federal, state and private programs.
ONC administers the ONC Health IT Certification Program while working with other organizations that function in the following capacities:
The National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP), as administered by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), is responsible for accrediting and overseeing Accredited Testing Laboratories (ATLs) in the ONC Health IT Certification Program. NVLAP has accredited the following laboratories to test Health IT Modules under the ONC Health IT Certification Program:
- Drummond Group
- ICSA Labs
- InfoGard Laboratories, Inc.
- National Technical Systems (NTS) (formerly Wyle Labs)
- SLI Compliance, a Division of Gaming Laboratories International, LLC
The ONC-Approved Accreditor (ONC-AA) accredits and oversees certification bodies. Accredited certification bodies must seek authorization from ONC to participate in the ONC Health IT Certification Program - once authorized, they are called ONC-Authorized Certification Bodies (ONC-ACBs). ONC – ACBs make certification determinations for Health IT Modules based on test results supplied by ATLs. Once the Health IT Modules have been certified, the ONC-ACB submits the product information to ONC for posting on the Certified Health IT Product List (CHPL).
Effective June 2014, ANSI began their second 3-year term as the ONC- Approved Accreditor. View more information on the ANSI HIT Accreditation Program here.
The following ONC-ACBs have been accredited by ANSI and authorized by ONC to certify Health IT Modules in the ONC Health IT Certification Program:
Qualified applicants may request an application for authorization by contacting ONC at ONC-ACB@hhs.gov. The application process is described in the Establishment of the Permanent Certification Program for Health Information Technology, Final Rule in sections 170.525, 170.530, and 170.535.
For more information on the structure of the ONC Health IT Certification program, please visit our FAQs.
The Certification Process at a Glance
Patients & General Public – Health IT makes it possible for patients and their doctors to manage their care through secure use and sharing of health information. For additional information on how ONC is advancing America’s health care, and the benefits Health IT, please visit our Patients and Families section.
To find a certified Health IT Module, visit the Certified Health IT Product List (CHPL)
For answers to commonly asked questions about ONC’s regulations, including the standards and certification criteria, please visit ONC’s regulatory FAQs. For questions about the ONC Health IT Certification Program, please visit the Program FAQs here.
Questions about the CMS EHR Incentive Program visit the CMS EHR Incentive Programs website or contact the CMS EHR Information Center.
CMS EHR Information Center Hours of Operation:
7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. (Central Time) Monday through Friday, except federal holidays.
1-888-734-6433* (primary number) or 888-734-6563 (TTY number)
Can’t find the answer to your question? Contact the ONC Health IT Certification Program via ONC.Certification@hhs.gov.
- January 5, 2016
ONC published a set of Certification Companion Guides (CCGs) associated with the recently adopted 2015 Edition certification requirements. The CCGs are designed to assist health IT developers in understanding and interpreting regulatory requirements for implantation in the development process. A CCG has been developed for each certification criterion and will serve as the single, consolidated information source for any clarifications related to a certification criterion.
- December 2015
- December 2, 2015 to January 1, 2016
NIST Normative Test Process Documents released for public comments
- November 1,2015 to November 30,2015
2015 Edition Draft Test Procedures released for public comments
- November 5, 2015
CY 2016 Surveillance Guidance – Updated
- July 23, 2015
Cypress version 2.7.0 was released. Version 2.7.0 includes 2015 Measure Specs, Value Sets for 2015 Measure Specs, HL7 QRDA Category I Release 3, Cypress v2.7 Measure Bundle – not to be used in certification.
- July 23, 2015
Cypress version 2.6.1 was released. Version 2.6.1 includes 2014 Measure Specs, Value Sets for 2014 Measure Specs, HL7 QRDA Errata IG for 2014, Cypress v2.6 Measure Bundle – replaces version 2.6.0 and is available for use in certification.
- March 20, 2015
2015 Edition NPRM released 3/20/15 and associated 2015 Edition Draft Test Procedures available for public comment