As issued in June 2010, 45 CFR Part 170 – The Health Information Technology: Initial Set of Standards, Implementation Specifications, and Certification Criteria for Electronic Health Record Technology establishes certification programs for purposes of testing and certifying health information technology. This Rule specifically establishes:

  • A temporary certification program to assure the availability of Certified EHR Technology prior to the date on which health care providers seeking the incentive payments would begin to report demonstrable meaningful use of Certified EHR Technology. 
  • A permanent certification program to replace the temporary certification program.

The Temporary Certification Program will end when the Permanent Certification Program final rule is released in the future.

The Temporary Certification final rule may be accessed here: <>.

The Temporary Certification fact sheet may be accessed here: <>.

The Temporary Certification frequently asked questions may be accessed here: <>.

More information about the Standards & Certification Interim Final Rule may be found here: