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Terms of Reference - ETSI Project (EP) eHEALTH

Approved at Board#61, March 2007 [ETSI/B61(07)06] 

1 Responsibility

EP eHEALTH should form the ‘horizontal’ nucleus for the co-ordination of ETSI's activities in the Health ICT domain.  EP eHEALTH will work in close co-operation with all relevant TCs, EPs and SCs within ETSI, 3GPP, and others.  Vital aspects to be considered by EP eHealth are: security of systems and data, quality of services, interoperability and validation by testing, usability.

EP eHEALTH shall have primary responsibility:

  • to collect and define the Health ICT related requirements from relevant stakeholders and to input the requirements to the concerned ETSI Technical Bodies; 
  • to identify gaps, where existing ETSI standards do not fulfil the Health ICT requirements, and suggest further standardization activities to fill those gaps; 
  • to develop Health ICT related deliverables in all areas not covered by existing system specific and horizontal Technical Bodies or other SDO; 
  • to ensure the co-ordination of Health ICT related activities with the relevant ETSI Technical Bodies in order to avoid duplication of effort and deliverables; 
  • to ensure that activities within EP eHEALTH are co-ordinated with other European and International Standards making bodies to avoid duplication of effort and deliverables; 
  • to co-ordinate ETSI positions on Health ICT related issues and represent ETSI externally. 


2 Areas of activity

The activities of EP eHEALTH will be performed in close co-operation with relevant standards activities within and outside ETSI. The activities of EP eHEALTH include the: 

  • preparation of ETSI deliverables for describing Health ICT related requirements for relevant stakeholders including health professionals and other end-users; 
  • co-ordination of Health ICT related requirements in order to produce a consistent set of ETSI deliverables and to undertake measures to efficiently continue and stimulate further Health ICT related work within ETSI; 
  • provision of mechanisms for the effective liaison between ETSI TBs and with relevant external organizations such as SDOs, Health professionals, end-user representatives, local, national and regional Government Authorities, the European Commission, EU projects and Emergency Authorities/Organizations; 
  • provision of a centre of expertise in the area of requirements for Health ICT systems and be able to offer advice to ETSI Technical Bodies, the ETSI Board and the General Assembly. 
  • organization of regular meetings/workshops with appropriate Health ICT stakeholders. 
  • establishment of external relationships (and joint working groups) where and when ever needed, including co-operation with CEN, CENELEC, ISO, DIN, HL7, CONTINUA Alliance, etc.  Formal relationships will be established using the normal processes via the ETSI Secretariat (Business Development & Partnerships). 

3 Organization and working methods

EP eHEALTH shall work in accordance with the normal rules as given in the ETSI Directives and, in particular, the Technical Working Procedures.

Existing related work and subsequent updates should remain in the current Technical Bodies (i.e. such as ERM (e.g. TG30 - Wireless Medical Devices), SCP, EMTEL, OCG Security, HF, etc.) and be co-ordinated with EP eHEALTH where relevant.  New standards should only be prepared within EP eHEALTH where no appropriate ETSI Technical Body exists.

Existing related work items should remain in current Technical Bodies. Updates to existing ETSI standard deliverables should be done within the appropriate Technical Bodies and be co-ordinated with EP eHEALTH where relevant.  New standards should only be prepared within EP eHEALTH where no appropriate ETSI Technical Body exists.

Where appropriate, joint working groups with other Technical Bodies may be created to develop deliverables for submission to the lead body.

It is expected that EP eHEALTH members attending international standardisation meetings and fora as delegates will handle any necessary informal liaison with those group. 

4 Participation

Participation in EP eHEALTH is open to all ETSI members in accordance with the Technical Working Procedures.  Observers and non-members may participate at the discretion of the Chairman in-line with clause 1.4 of the Technical Working Procedures

Last updated: 2008-07-04 14:21:06