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Information for Developers about the Apps Library (beta)

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Before you contact us for further information, please read the frequently asked questions (FAQs) below. If you do not find the answer on this page go to Frequently Asked Questions to see all FAQs.

Alternatively, if you have an existing app currently in public use and you feel that it is ready to pass through the Digital Assessment Questions, please Submit your app to begin the process.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our application is already NHS approved. Can we be included on your site?

The assessment process involves all relevant NHS bodies, thereby providing a national assessment framework.

All health apps that make it to the NHS Apps Library must be assessed equally and thoroughly through the framework. If your app has already been given some form of NHS approval (or some level of endorsement or review) this may be considered by the relevant NHS body that previously reviewed your app.

This includes:

  • NHS assessment
  • approval from an NHS body
  • local NHS approval
  • CQC approval
  • approved under the old NHS Choices app library
  • endorsed by the NHS
How can I develop an app that can be considered for the NHS Apps Library?

We have developed a collection of standards and guidance information to help you develop apps which meet the principles of quality which we have applied to digital products. This means the apps will meet what we consider to be good quality digital standards for safety, experience and effectiveness. The site will develop during 2017.

What is the process for getting an app assessed and on the NHS Apps Library?

In order to drive and maintain a high-quality offering of products on the NHS Apps Library we have a Digital Assessment Questionnaire and review process that enables developers to provide information and evidence against relevant national standards and best practices.

The digital assessment questionnaire and assessment review process is being tested via this beta site to enable a collaboration environment for developers, healthcare professionals and patients. This supports us in the development of a fit-for-purpose process that is efficient and effective.

This beta site gives you an idea of the assessment questions you will need to consider. The number of assessment questions you will need to answer will depend on the nature of your application.

For example: Will your app connect to NHS data? Is there an element of clinical risk related to in-app calculations?

If you have an existing app currently in public use and you feel that it is ready to pass through the Digital Assessment Questions, please Submit your app to begin the process.

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Every email is read; however, we are unable to respond to every query. Our focus is on queries relating to apps developed for inclusion on the Apps Library. If your query relates to anything else please refer to our main NHS Digital website at https://digital.nhs.uk/Contact-us.
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