NHS Digital are announcing dates by which we will no longer provide support and then later access for older product versions of smartcards and IA Clients.
We are also publicising a date by which we will switch off the Care Identity Service for authentication only.
NHS CIS2 is the new standards-based authentication service (Open ID Connect and FIDO2 to start) which will support new authentication technologies such as Windows Hello for Business, Apple Biometrics on iPad via an App as well as smartcards.
It will offer authentication over the internet supporting the move to an Internet First approach to authentication for the first time.
The new service is live and in use with a number of systems and an active programme of work has started to work with NHS systems suppliers to build support for the new service into their roadmaps over the next 2 to 3 years.
We expect to add new features to the service over the coming quarters including User Self Registration and Management, a completely new User Registration process and working collaboratively with the Digital Wallet programme of work to understand how NHS Digital can support the Digital Wallet roadmap.
It’s important to drive this change to support the needs of users on the front line and ensure that suppliers, NHS organisations and NHS Digital development teams recognise that the Care Identity Service will be turned off at the end of September 2023. In order to be able to authenticate in the future then they must integrate with NHS CIS2.
This will also mean ensuring all users have the latest versions of desktop infrastructure to support smartcard use on machines so they can authenticate with future.