A new code of practice for healthcare app development was published by the The British Standards Institution on 30th April 2015. The purpose of the Publically Available Specification PAS 277:2015 Health and wellness apps. Quality criteria across the life cycle. Code of practice was to form a set of principles for developers so that health care professionals, patients and the public trust their products and services. It has been developed for use in the United Kingdom.
PAS 277:2015 fills a gaps for healthcare and wellness apps that are not regulated as medical devices. NIHR MindTech Healthcare Technology Co-operative contributed to the co-authoring of the PAS as member of its steering group that was constituted in July 2014 after a BSI workshop in May and was produced through its deliberations and a public consultation.
Dr. Michael Craven, who participated on the steering group from MindTech said, "The specification will hopefully guide developers in the rapidly evolving field of mobile healthcare. Drawing on software engineering principles, from the beginning the intention was to make it useful without being overly prescriptive. We hope it will be widely adopted by developers of apps in mental health and dementia."
This PAS was sponsored by Innovate UK. Its development was facilitated by BSI Standards Limited and it was published under licence from The British Standards Institution. It came into effect on 30 April 2015. Innovate UK is working with BSI, the Research Councils and Catapults to establish new standards earlier in the development of technologies.