How to join

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Since it was launched in 2009, The Information Standard has grown steadily, and we now have around 220 members from private, public and charity sectors, covering a wide range of health and care options. The Standard has evolved and the programme has been simplified and streamlined. It is also now possible not only for an organisation to join but also for a single department to join The Information Standard as a stand-alone member, making it easier and more straightforward for large organisations to achieve The Information Standard.

The Steps to Certification are as follows:

A – Understand the Standard

B – Making the Commitment

  • Sign and return the Applicant Agreement  (If you would like to be sent a copy of this document please contact us: england.theinformationstandard@nhs.net)
  • Communicate to your organisation your commitment to becoming Certified

C – Preparing for Certification

  • Fill in the Self-Review Gap Analysis document and return the completed document to The Information Standard team (If you would like to be sent a copy of this document please contact us: england.theinformationstandard@nhs.net).
  • If required, send your product samples when you send your completed Self-Review Gap Analysis to The Information Standard team and include a Product Sample cover sheet for each sample (If you would like to be sent a copy of this document please contact us: england.theinformationstandard@nhs.net)
  • Book and complete your External Assessment visit.
  • Receive your Assessor RAG Report outlining Red, Amber and Green areas
  • Resubmit any Amber and Red corrective action evidence to your assessor for your Final Assessment Submission within 28 days

D – Certification and Review

  • Certification successful
  • On-going Annual Review