A new CEN Technical Specification for ‘Quality and Reliability of Health and Wellness Apps’ is being developed at the request and with the support of the European Commission. It is due to be completed in 2020. It will help to establish a common framework across Europe for the evaluation of these apps, giving users and health professionals confidence that the apps are fit for purpose, and providing app developers easier access to European markets.
Europe is experiencing a fast growing market for Health and Wellness Apps. At the same time, concerns about the quality and reliability of apps have risen. Many Health and Wellness Apps are being published without there being a clear way for users to establish which ones are reliable and provide evidence to support claimed benefits.
This Technical Specification addresses the specific needs of the developers of Health and Wellness Apps:
The Technical Specification is being developed by the European standardisation committee CEN/TC 251 Health Informatics in collaboration with experts from the standardisation organisations
ISO and IEC, to ensure that it is consistent with international standards. The project team includes members from the following CEN member countries: Belgium (NBN), France (AFNOR), United Kingdom (BSI), Germany (DIN), Netherlands (NEN), Sweden (SIS), Finland (SFS) and Italy (UNI). Quoting the project leader Charles McCay: “Initial work for this standard has already been done in the United Kingdom with the publication by BSI of the publicly available specification PAS 277. This project will expand that work to meet the wider European requirements and ensure compatibility with the world health informatics standards from ISO and IEC.”