Digital Technology Assessment Criteria (DTAC)
Meet NHS standards and enter the UK market with quality assurance
Developed by the NHS, the Digital Technology Assessment Criteria (DTAC) is an assessment criterion supports you through each of the criteria areas required for the commissioning of digital health technologies across the NHS and social care services.
The DTAC includes criteria covering clinical safety, data protection, technical security, interoperability, plus usability and accessibility. For your digital health product to pass the DTAC, you need to meet all requirements in each of the areas.
ORCHA guides you through the process of demonstrating and meeting the criteria and has clear objective measures and subject matter experts for deciding and proving compliance.
The ORCHA DTAC assessment supports you through each of the criteria areas. Our technology follows a rapid, repeatable process, dramatically cutting the time needed by your team. It is also objective and accurate, to ensure consistent quality. Upon completion:
- If you meet the criteria, you receive an ORCHA certified DTAC badge, certificate and evidence for NHS commissioners.
- If your product does not yet meet the criteria, you will receive a confidential report detailing improvement recommendations.
The efficient and time-saving route to compliance for you and your team
The NHS DTAC assessment process, simplified for digital health suppliers like you
Future-proof your compliance
Get reassessed any time you update your digital health product, and if standards change, for continuous compliance
We have been a trusted NHS DTAC compliance partner since 2015
Get your product DTAC compliant
The DTAC assessment is available as part of the ORCHA level two annual subscription. This includes a range of benefits, including:
- A DTAC reassessment every time you update your digital health product, to ensure your compliance is always up to date.
- Two competitor benchmark reports, giving you unique insight into your competitive standing.
- Start your product assessment within 10 working days of the signed contract.
What is the Digital Technology Assessment Criteria (DTAC)?
The Digital Technology Assessment Criteria (DTAC) is an NHS owned assessment that checks if your digital health product, or health app, meets the requirements they have set. You can carry out a DTAC assessment on your own digital health product, or we can do it for you at ORCHA to independently verify it.
Our DTAC assessment includes 340 questions that we answer to score your digital health product against three main domains: clinical safety, technical security and data protection. An enhanced assessment includes a fourth domain: usability and accessibility.
You need to pass the DTAC to be used by NHS health systems in England.
After passing our ORCHA Baseline Review (OBR) assessment your digital health product will surface on our ORCHA App Library, Digital Health Formulary, and Digital Health Toolkits, which we develop for health and care organisations to access digital health products. When you pass your DTAC assessment, we will add “DTAC assessed” to your digital health product listing across our ORCHA product range.
How can I assess my digital health product against the DTAC?
We can assess your digital health product, or health app, against the DTAC as part of our annual assessment subscription service.
How much does a DTAC assessment cost?
Please contact us through our free online contact form to see what our current offers are and speak to our team for next steps.
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My Life Plan’s experience of the DTAC
“The DTAC is brand new, so we have nothing to compare it to but I know we all feel we’ve had great support through a complex process. ORCHA’s experts have been very clear and have broken down all the complexity so it’s become manageable.”
– Howard Samson, Digital Product Manager
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