As reported here last week the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), coordinator of the U.S. voluntary standardization system, has been selected by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) as the ONC-Approved Accreditor (ONC-AA) for the Permanent Certification Program for Health Information Technology for an initial three-year term.
They’ve released a press release detailing some of the particulars of the arrangement as well as some quotes from ANSI executives. Some details in the press release are below:
“ANSI is pleased to have earned ONC’s approval as the first ONC-AA under the Program – following a very rigorous selection process,” said ANSI president and CEO S. Joe Bhatia. “This selection attests to the highest quality of the Institute’s accreditation programs and is just the latest example of government reliance on ANSI accreditation programs to demonstrate value and assure competency for important national priorities.”
“Accreditation by ANSI creates a valuable attribute for certification bodies,” said Lane Hallenbeck, ANSI vice president of accreditation services. “This value extends through the service network and will help to instill confidence in EHR technology among health IT developers, health professionals and hospitals, and the general public.”
ANSI will assess applicant certification bodies against the requirements set forth in ISO/IEC Guide 65, General requirements for bodies operating product certification systems, which was developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).
ANSI itself meets the requirements of ISO/IEC 17011, Conformity assessment – General requirements for accreditation bodies accrediting conformity assessment bodies, which represents the highest internationally accepted practices for accreditation bodies.
The Institute’s portfolio of accreditation services includes programs for all types of certification and verification bodies, including those for products, personnel, greenhouse gas emissions, as well as standards developers. For more information, visit www.ansi.org/accreditation.