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CQC approval gained for CECOPS Scheme

Posted on: 10/06/2016 | Categories: CECOPS General, General News

CQC1We are delighted to announce that our application to become an official information source approved by CQC has been accepted.

CQC says: ‘The CQC will work with CECOPS to ascertain how best to incorporate information from the scheme. Schemes will require written agreement with the participating services to permit that the results of assessments can be shared with the CQC. In the interim, any publically available information (for example CECOPS accreditation status) will be taken into account in the CQC inspection methodology.’

CECOPS CEO, Brian Donnelly, says: ‘This is fantastic news and a great achievement for CECOPS and for organisations working with us. We are glad CQC see the merits of our standards and assessment processes. Going through the very thorough CQC application process has enhanced the service we offer. We believe this further endorsement will enhance engagement with our credible scheme.’

CQC recognises the potential value of clinical service accreditation and peer-review schemes as information sources to support its inspections. Such schemes have the potential to provide useful intelligence and provide independent assurance that accredited services meet standards.

The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) has developed, in association with the cross‐college clinical services accreditation stakeholder’s advisory group, a set of criteria to help CQC determine schemes that can provide robust and reliable information for consideration ahead of and during inspections.

If you would like to find out how you can work with CECOPS, and take advantage of our CQC approved status, please contact us: E: or call: 01494 863398

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Posted on: 01/06/2016 | Categories: Blog, CECOPS General, General News

sofware_bigWe are delighted to announce that we are now offering a CECOPS Approved Software marque as part of our scheme. This means IT companies providing management systems in the assistive technology space (e.g. disability equipment and wheelchair services, telecare, AAC) can now apply for their products to gain this prestigious status.

To gain CECOPS Approved Software status, software systems will have to clearly demonstrate that they meet certain criteria. These criteria are based on how software systems can help to meet the outcomes set out in CECOPS’ Code of Practice.

The CECOPS Approved Software marque is designed to help commissioners and equipment providers with procuring software systems for these services, and provide assurance that the system supports the CECOPS Code, the only available service specific standards for these services. It will also give IT providers the opportunity to demonstrate and showcase the suitability of their products beyond the technical capabilities and functions.

CECOPS’ CEO, Brian Donnelly, said,

As more organisations are coming on board with CECOPS, it makes sense to have software systems that support our standards and framework. This new initiative will also make the process for procuring systems easier. Most importantly, it will help to ensure people in receipt of these services receive good outcomes.

Kevin Clegg, the owner of BEST, the first software system in the UK to gain CECOPS Approved Software status, says,

“Now more than ever, we all need to identify and improve our service performance and use as many ways as possible to reduce costs as well as enhance service delivery and the customer experience.

Good standards ensure that these aims and objectives can be met and are not always mutually exclusive. It is possible to manage and maintain a high degree of consistent activity, firstly by setting these standards, then by measuring and meeting them, finally by exceeding them and then re-defining them to improve still further.

CECOPS now maps and sets out national standards we all should aspire to and build on. The CECOPS framework allows everyone involved in the delivery of a service to record and identify their strengths, highlight weaknesses and plan for constant and continuous improvement. Soft Options are proud to support, adopt, and promote these standards and welcome all the benefits realised because of them.

To find out how you can have your software approved, please go HERE or contact us:


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Personal Health Budgets for Wheelchairs in England

Posted on: 19/05/2016 | Categories: Blog, General News, Wheelchairs

Young boy in a WheelchairNHS England recently announced that they are introducing personal health budgets for wheelchairs. This new approach to wheelchair commissioning will replace the current voucher scheme. According to NHS England, wheelchair users have found a number of challenges with the existing scheme, now 20 years old, including a lack of information and guidance around maintenance, repair and replacement as well as a limited number of providers where a voucher can be redeemed.


It is claimed that the new personal health budget scheme will offer more choice of where wheelchairs can be bought as well as a detailed care plan that will help users make informed decision about their wheelchair. The care plans will also go beyond purchasing the chair to also include guidance on future maintenance, repair and replacement needs.

It is also claimed that a wheelchair will form part of a person’s wider care, catering for their individual needs and ensuring a more joined-up approach, a key aim of NHS England’s Five Year Forward View. The new approach will also help NHS England collect meaningful data on wheelchair provision that will further help improve services and address variations in provision across the country.


CECOPS’ CEO, Brian Donnelly, says, “Offering personal health budgets for wheelchairs will be useful for some people. Although not a total solution, this will certainly increase choice and hopefully allow people to get access to the equipment they need more quickly.

 We included personal health budgets in our Code of Practice for Disability Equipment, Wheelchair and Seating Services last year.

 Following the Code will help commissioners, providers and clinicians and will ensure the necessary safeguards are in place where personal health budgets are used.

 We would hope to see personal health budgets eventually being used for all disability equipment so that the holistic needs of disabled and elderly people can be met more effectively.”

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CECOPS: A New Outcomes Approach to Commissioning and Providing Disability Equipment, Wheelchair and Seating Services

Posted on: 05/05/2016 | Categories: Blog, CECOPS General, General News

Little ImmyOur innovative approach to commissioning and providing disability equipment, wheelchair and seating services is gaining popularity in the UK, and beyond.

Why is a new approach needed?

The process for commissioning and providing disability equipment, wheelchair and seating services in the UK has generally been the same for many years, very often involving detailed specifications written by commissioners, with which providers are expected to comply.

Stifling innovation and creativity: The process of commissioners writing specifications is time consuming and costly. It has also been found in many cases to be too prescriptive, which can fetter innovation and creativity of providers, and clinical and technical staff. It forces the provider into compliance mode, where they have to work to the exact requirements of the specification and nothing more, meaning that what is set out in the specification is what will be delivered for the duration of the contract.

This approach can prevent frontline staff from making suggestions for better ways to deliver services, making improvements, meeting changing policies, strategies or demands, and it does not often result in improved outcomes for people using the services.

Compliance, not continuous improvement: The current approach to commissioning services does not generally seek for, or encourage, continuous improvement, meaning that people receiving services often have to  settle for a ‘just good enough’ service for the duration of the contract. This is largely owing to the fact that the provider is commissioned and paid to comply with the requirements of the specification, and nothing more. This is an inherent weakness in the age long processes currently used.

Outputs, not outcomes: Furthermore, there is often an emphasis on measuring outputs including, for example, the number of activities related to the service. The overall performance of services is often assessed on these outputs, or data sets. Whilst important, outputs only capture one dimension of the service and do very little for influencing or improving quality-related outcomes for people using the services.

When services are commissioned and provided in this way, there is a certain inevitability about the mediocre levels of service that will ensue.

The New Approach

CECOPS and support tools: Recognising the need for change, CECOPS Community Interest Company (CIC), the independent standards body in the UK for disability equipment, wheelchair and seating services, has introduced a new model and support tools for assisting commissioners and providers to help improve services. Already, many health and care organisations are working with CECOPS.

CECOPS CIC has an officially recognised Code of Practice for these services, and offers a registration and accreditation scheme. CECOPS also offers a self-evaluation, compliance management and continuous improvement software tool, iCOPS®.

Outcome focus, not just outputs: The CECOPS Code is made up of forty seven outcome based standards. Some commissioners are already requiring providers and clinical teams to report against these outcomes, meaning that the provider, for the first time, now has the flexibility to choose how best to meet the outcomes, without being fettered or restricted by having to comply with a rigid and detailed service specification.

An outcomes based approach also helps service users to know what level of service to expect. It reduces the need for commissioners to write lengthy and detailed specifications, and ensures all aspects of service provision are comprehensively addressed.

The CECOPS outcomes are service related, and following them ensures the people receiving the service receive safe, good quality and effective care.

Continuous improvement, not just compliance: Whilst compliance with the requirements of a specification or standards could raise the bar in terms of service quality and performance, it can equally breed a culture of apathy i.e. just good enough. Neither should regulation be relied upon for improving quality and performance. Quality and performance management needs to be everyone’s responsibility, and providers should be in control of driving their own improvements. CECOPS has developed a tool, iCOPS®, which helps organisations to self-evaluate their own service, and it cultivates a continuous improvement focus with the view to delivering an outstanding service. This tool also supports compliance and regulatory obligations as it collects all supporting evidence in one place.

Improved contract management: Commissioning services involves a lot more than writing service specifications and tendering services; it includes the day-to-day management of contracts; this requires a lot of time and effort.

To help with this, the CECOPS model includes accreditation; this means that an assessment of the service is undertaken by CECOPS’ assessment team, DNV GL Healthcare (world leaders in quality and risk management).

Accreditation provides (external) assurance that the CECOPS outcome-based standards are being maintained. The assessments are risk rated and weighted, meaning that the commissioner will get a report highlighting any areas that need to be focussed on. This significantly reduces the time and effort of managing these large contracts.

Equally, providers can use accreditation as a means of managing contracts and making improvements.

The simplicity of the CECOPS model and how to get started: Commissioners can simply include CECOPS registration and accreditation in specifications, and require that the provider must evidence continuous improvement year on year using the iCOPS® tool.

Equally providers can directly seek to be registered or accredited and use the iCOPS® tool.

 “This is a small change in process, but results in significant change in outcomes. This pioneer approach to commissioning and providing these services is long overdue.” Brian Donnelly MSc, CEO, CECOPS CIC


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Northern Ireland sees first service accredited with CECOPS

Posted on: 29/04/2016 | Categories: CECOPS General, General News

HSCThe Community Equipment and Continence Service in Lisburn, run by HSC Business Services Organisation, has become the first CECOPS Accredited Service in Northern Ireland! The service is to be commended for having dedicated and enthusiastic staff, together with excellent performance levels and a focus on continuous improvement.

CECOPS accreditation is the prestigious award granted to organisations which comply with sector related standards. CECOPS is the independent standards body in the UK for disability equipment, wheelchair and seating services and has a Code of Practice for these services. The Code covers commissioning and governance, service provision and clinical and professional responsibilities.

The equipment service in Lisburn recently underwent a CECOPS assessment, undertaken by world leaders in quality and risk management, DNV GL.

The service is operationally responsible to the Procurement and Logistics Service (PaLS) which forms part of the Health and Social Care Business Services Organisation.

The service provides a range of different disability products and services including a customer counter service; sub store delivery service; a non-stock delivery/collection service; and a stock delivery/collection service.

Following the CECOPS assessment, the lead assessor, Aileen Orr (DNV GL) said: “This service is provided by a team of dedicated staff who work together in a safe, clean and uncluttered environment to decontaminate and recycle a variety of daily living aids. The organisation has created a supportive culture and it was clear from the assessment visit that all staff involved in the provision of the service are enthusiastic about continually improving it.


Sir Bert Massie CBE, CECOPS Chairman, said, “Disabled and elderly people are dependent on services working to high standards to ensure they receive good quality and safe services – it is a bit hit and miss in some places currently; it is encouraging therefore to hear of the excellent service provided in Lisburn and their commitment to working with our standards. I am delighted that there has been a commitment to the CECOPS standard in Northern Ireland.


Peter Wilson, Assistant Director from HSC Business Services Organisation said, “We are delighted to receive the accreditation from CECOPS, which recognises the high standards achieved by the Community Equipment and Continence Service. We will continue to work closely with CECOPS to ensure we comply with the Code of Practice, whilst delivering a first class service for our customers”

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Delayed Discharges: The importance of disability equipment and adaptations

Posted on: 21/03/2016 | Categories: CECOPS General, General News

bed blockingDelayed discharges and delayed transfers of care are always making the headlines. The role and deployment of disability equipment including adaptations should be given serious consideration with regards to this ongoing and increasing problem, especially as there are approximately 12 million pieces of equipment provided to 3.5 million service users in the UK each year, and therefore a lot of scope for things going wrong. Sadly though, equipment is still viewed as a bolt-on and assumed service, and is not always seen as a strategic player.

Here are some of the many equipment-related reasons for hospital discharges being delayed:

  • delayed and problematic service user requirements and home assessments
  • arranging suitable times and dates, etc. for equipment to be delivered and/or installed in the service user’s home
  • adaptations, complex, specialist and/or children’s equipment are required, which take time to acquire
  • complex packages of care involving different health and social care agencies
  • equipment package provided from different sources
  • cross-border difficulties, i.e. discharging a service user into a different county/local authority boundary
  • poor communication and formal arrangements between hospital and community-based staff
  • funding issues.

To help reduce delayed discharges, where equipment is concerned, the following standards should be followed. These are taken from our Code of Practice:
1.Both hospital and community-based staff work to mutually agreed hospital discharge assessment and access criteria to manage service users both with temporary impairment and chronic, permanent conditions.
2.There are fast-tracking arrangements in place, and included in hospital discharge procedures, to ensure people with rapidly progressing conditions and terminal illnesses can access routine and complex equipment urgently.
3.Hospital staff responsible for discharging service users are trained in both the assessment and the provision aspects of equipment.
4.Where service users require equipment to facilitate a hospital discharge, the process is reflected within a mutually agreed policy between hospital and community-based health and social care organisations. This includes a communication plan with community staff, and also equipment services. This reflects the operational functions of the equipment services, e.g. contact details, opening hours, delivery schedules. It also includes cross-border arrangements, and links with different agencies.
5.Where third-party providers or suppliers are used as part of core provision, there is a protocol demonstrating the ordering and delivery processes where a service user needs equipment from different sources to enable a safe hospital discharge. This links to the hospital discharge policy.


Of course, all of the above need to be supplemented with having the right commissioning, service provision and clinical arrangements in place. We have included all of these areas in our Code of Practice. See the areas covered by the Code HERE

The Code of Practice is free to organisations working with CECOPS. Please get in touch if you would like to find out more information about the Code and CECOPS, and in particular how these can help you with delayed discharges.

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NEW: Code of Practice for Planning & Commissioning Technology Enabled Care Services (TECS) coming soon.

Posted on: 23/10/2015 | Categories: Blog, CECOPS General, General News, Uncategorized

 TECS CodeA new and unique Code of Practice for Planning and Commissioning TECS, an official CECOPS guide, is set to be published in the coming weeks.

The main reason for the guide is that, to date, other Codes of Practice for TECS have focussed exclusively on the service provision and supplier end of the market.

This new Code will help all those with responsibility for planning and commissioning TECS to overcome the many and longstanding barriers to adopting TECS more widely, and ensure projects and initiatives are delivered efficiently and effectively, with the ability to measure their success.

The Code acts as a risk, quality and performance framework. It takes organisations through sequential steps, allowing a readiness assessment check at every stage and promoting continuous improvements.

The Code can be used for all digital health and care technologies, in the health, housing and care sectors. Technologies covered by the Code include for example telehealth, telecare, telemedicine, telecoaching and self-care apps. It also has wider application for use when introducing any assistive technology or medical device related service.

The Code covers services as single entities e.g. a telecare control centre, or grouped together as digital health and care, or integrated with a wide range of assistive technology services.

This Code is supported by a self-evaluation and continuous improvement software tool, iCOPS® – see here for details:

Whilst the Code is mainly aimed at the UK, the principles apply internationally.

It is anticipated that the Code will eventually fit in with the CECOPS registration and accreditation scheme, although it will also be available as a standalone guide.

The Code is made up of 16 Code Standards. These are supported by relevant outcomes and sub-clauses.

The 16 Code Standards are:

CODE STANDARD 1: Strategic planning and preliminary considerations

CODE STANDARD 2: Involvement of stakeholders, users and carers

CODE STANDARD 3: Partnerships, joint working and integration

CODE STANDARD 4: Governance and risk management

CODE STANDARD 5: Business case development

CODE STANDARD 6: Investment and funding

CODE STANDARD 7: Procurement

CODE STANDARD 8: Service requirements and specifications

CODE STANDARD 9: Contractual arrangements

CODE STANDARD 10: Eligibility criteria and self-funding

CODE STANDARD 11: Legal & regulatory obligations and standards

CODE STANDARD 12: Information technology and information management

CODE STANDARD 13: Marketing and promotion

CODE STANDARD 14: Implementation

CODE STANDARD 15: Performance management and continuous improvement

CODE STANDARD 16: Measuring and evaluating service impact


If you are interested in this new Code, please contact us and we will let you know when it is available.


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Addressing the ‘care crisis’ by deploying Assistive Technology effectively

CareThe growing elderly population is a global trend which, coupled with an increase in the number of people living with Long-Term Conditions (LTCs), increases demand for health and care services, with associated fiscal strains, in all societies.

Continuing with the same models of delivery is not going to be sustainable. New approaches and service delivery models need to be found that will deliver more efficient and effective care, whilst maintaining safe and good quality services.

People need to be equipped with the right products and services to help them become more independent and to be better supported in managing their own care. This includes disabled children and adults, to ensure they have the same life expectations, opportunities and outcomes as other citizens. Services also need to be geared toward prevention and early intervention to avoid unnecessary and costlier episodes of care later on.

One method to address some of the concerns above is the better deployment of assistive technologies – from orthotics, prosthetics, walking aids, beds, wheelchairs, and communication aids, through to more advanced electronic assistive technologies such as telecare products and telehealth equipment. If used strategically these can support health and care services significantly and meet a range of government policy aims.

Not only does effective provision of assistive technology improve outcomes for service users, including social inclusion and quality of life, but it can also reduce the burden on the state by enabling independent living, enhancing employment prospects and enabling individuals to take control of their own lives – all of which have a part to play in tackling the worldwide problem of funding longevity.

But a shift towards better deployment of all assistive technologies has not really happened at scale, for a variety of reasons. At strategic level, there is generally failure to appreciate the benefits of this equipment, and as a result there is no overall strategy or vision to integrate the many departments and bodies which currently issue it in such a piecemeal way.

Most assistive technology-related services operate completely separately and independently from one another, resulting in duplication, poor use of resources, and wastage, not to mention the effect on the service user of having to undergo multiple assessments.

One of the results of failing to provide assistive technologies and disability equipment effectively is significant unnecessary cost for the health and care economy, for example through delayed hospital discharges, and unnecessary hospital and care home admissions. Providing services inappropriately is always a false economy.

Incorporating assistive technologies into the delivery of health and care provision is a whole-systems responsibility. It starts with good planning, commissioning and governance. This inevitably flows through to good service provision and clinical involvement. Each of these service areas needs to be clear about their respective responsibilities. There also need to be measurable outcomes and standards in place.

The new UK-wide Code of Practice for Disability Equipment, Wheelchairs and Seating Services

The new UK-wide Code of Practice for Disability Equipment, Wheelchairs and Seating Services is designed to address this, and offers a template for commissioning and providing services; it includes clearly defined and specific standards and measurable outcomes.

Following the Code, in all its parts, will go a long way in overcoming many of the difficulties highlighted above and will significantly improve both clinical and financial outcomes. It will also help to identify where weaknesses are within the whole system and allow root causes to be traced. Following the Code will also enable any equipment-related strategies to be achieved.

The Code, in some or all its parts, relates mainly to disability equipment, wheelchair and seating services. It also applies more generally to other assistive technology-related services; there are certain Code Standards which provide a link to related services, which will assist with integration and offering seamless provision.

The Code is free of charge to organisations registered with CECOPS, or a hard copy or an eBook can be obtained from here: or via the CECOPS website:

Revolutionary New Self-evaluation & Performance Management Tool now available to Support Planning, Commissioning and Provision of Assistive Technology related services, iCOPS®

In addition to the Code CECOPS has supported the development of iCOPS®, the first ever self-evaluation and performance management software tool for assistive technology related services, including wheelchairs, to complement its scheme.

iCOPS® gives commissioners, providers and clinical staff the ability to evaluate and review services, manage contracts, instil good governance, monitor, assess and manage quality, safety and performance, and drive continuous improvement.

iCOPS® also enables organisations to comply with all their obligations including CECOPS and ISO, for example.

Details about iCOPS® can be found here: A free one month trial is available.

Find out more about the Code and how it fits with the wider CECOPS scheme here:

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss any of the points above.

Brian Donnelly

Brian is the founder and director of CECOPS CIC and the author of the Code of Practice.

CECOPS CIC is a not-for-profit social enterprise and is the independent standards body for disability equipment services in the UK.


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Wheelchair & Seating Services now covered by CECOPS Standards – UK and beyond!

Posted on: 24/03/2015 | Categories: CECOPS General, General News, Uncategorized, Wheelchairs

9452CECOPS CIC is the independent standards body for disability equipment services, and runs a scheme whereby organisations register and can become accredited against its officially recognised and widely supported Code of Practice.

We are pleased to announce CECOPS has extended its Code to specifically include wheelchair and seating services, and now also applies UK-wide, and perhaps beyond.

However optimistic and committed governments and organisations are to improving outcomes for disabled people, practical steps are required to make these improvements; I believe this Code lays down steps that need to be taken. Let’s just hope it is followed!” Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE, DL

The new code of practice covers the commissioning, provision, and clinical and technical aspects of services. It is made up of 47 measurable outcomes. The code covers everything relating to statutory provision of disability equipment and wheelchairs, including user involvement, governance, joint working, eligibility criteria, funding, operational management, performance, training, assessments, and risk management. It uniquely covers such things as holistic, person-centred and anticipatory assessments.

The Code is free of charge to organisations registered with CECOPS, or a hard copy or an eBook can be obtained from here: or see the home page of our website.

The Code sets a national (UK), and perhaps international, benchmark against which services can be measured, and sets a realistic level of service people should expect to receive – something that has been missing for a long time.” Sir Bert Massie CBE, DL

Organisations register with CECOPS either voluntarily or as requested by commissioning authorities (in tenders, for example). Registration is an organisation’s public declaration that it is adhering to the principles of the code of practice.

Organisations can also become accredited. This is via an external assessment by DNV-GL Healthcare, world leaders in quality and risk management. Again, this can be done voluntarily or in response to commissioning requests. Accreditation is similar to ISO, only much more detailed and service specific.

Many NHS organisations, local authorities and other care providers are already working with the Code.

CECOPS facilitates both quality assurance and creation, where disability equipment is concerned. It can be looked at as a value-chain model that, end-to-end, interlinks the commissioners with service users, through the activities of clinicians and providers.”
Frede Jensen BSc (Hons), MSc, IQA (Internal Quality Assurer), Lead Auditor and a Six Sigma Black Belt.

An approved training scheme is in place; you can become a CECOPS approved trainer yourself and train your staff or colleagues, or organisations can have their staff trained by another CECOPS approved trainer.

HSE recognises the need for guidance, and welcomes the Code of Practice…” Health and Safety Executive

In addition CECOPS has supported the development of iCOPS®, the first ever self-evaluation and performance management software tool for assistive technology related services, including wheelchairs, to complement its scheme.

iCOPS® gives commissioners, providers and clinical staff the ability to evaluate and review services, manage contracts, instil good governance, monitor, assess and manage quality, safety and performance, and drive continuous improvement.

iCOPS® also enables organisations to comply with all their obligations including CECOPS and ISO, for example.

Details about this revolutionary new tool can be found here:

National Wheelchair Managers’ Forum (NWMF) is very excited to be working with CECOPS to develop the Code of Practice for Wheelchair Services. This is long overdue…” Krys Jarvis, Chairperson, NWMF

To find out more or find how you can work with CECOPS please contact us. Thank you.


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CECOPS & the new European Code of Practice for Telehealth Services

Posted on: 02/06/2014 | Categories: Case Studies, CECOPS General, General News, Uncategorized

We are pleased to announce that we have established links with the new European Telehealth Code of Practice (Telescope project) to provide synergies for organisations working with both disability equipment and telehealth services.

CECOPS CEO, Brian Donnelly, has worked with Dr. Malcolm Fisk, UK lead for the Telescope project, to carry out a read-across exercise between our Code for community disability equipment and the new European Code of Practice for Telehealth Services.

The assessors for the European Code are DNV GL, who also carry out CECOPS’ assessments for accreditation. This means that we can establish passporting arrangements for organisations providing both community disability equipment services and telehealth services (including telecare): where organisations meet certain CECOPS standards, this will also apply to certain standards from the new European Code – and vice versa. There would of course be financial benefits from being assessed by DNV GL against both Codes at the same time.


Our CEO says:

Clients access different types of equipment from a variety of sources; to ensure they receive good quality and safe services regardless of the type of equipment, it is essential that we work together with other standards bodies to help providers achieve better outcomes as efficiently as possible. The aim of our Code was never to create unecessary extra work with regards to assessing compliance; we are therefore delighted to be able to work with other bodies to streamline gathering of evidence and streamlining of assessment processes to achieve our aims.

Please note that whilst CECOPS has established links with the European Code for Telehealth, we are not in a position to endorse specific codes, or prefer one over another. Where appropriate, CECOPS is willing to engage with other organisations wishing to look at a similar read-across exercise.


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