Information standards underpin national healthcare initiatives from the Department of Health, NHS England, the Care Quality Commission and other national health organisations. They provide the mechanism for introducing requirements to which the NHS, those with whom it commissions services and its IT system suppliers, must conform.
The following two standards, relating to clinical safety, are accepted for publication under section 250 of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 by the Data Coordination Board (DCB). In line with current DCB practice, each standard comprises:
- a specification, which defines the requirements and conformance criteria to be met by the user of the standard - how these requirements are met is the responsibility of the user
- implementation guidance, which provides an interpretation of the requirements and, where appropriate, defines possible approaches to achieving them
Compliance with DCB0129 and DCB0160 is mandatory under the Health and Social care Act 2012.