Nordic Digital Health Evaluation Criteria (NordDEC)
Make sure your digital health product meets evaluation requirements across Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Sweden and Norway
The Nordic region aims to be the most sustainable and integrated health region in the world by 2030. A shift towards digital health, and the more preventive care it offers.
Funded by Nordic Innovation and Nordic health tech industry, and run by N!P, the Nordic Digital Health & Medication Platform project established the NordDEC in 2022. Drawing from international best practice, the NordDEC established a common criteria for digital health products, such as a health app, across the region, to provide safety and effectiveness assurance in digital health.
The NordDEC gives healthcare organisations a clear framework for identifying, safe and effective digital health for sustainable growth. Criteria covers four main domains, including usability and accessibility, professional and clinical assurance, security and technical stability, and data and privacy. If a product passes all four domains, it will appear in the central Nordic Data Directory.
The ORCHA NordDEC assessment will quickly and accurately assess your digital health product against the required standards in all four main domains required: usability and accessibility, professional and clinical assurance, security and technical stability, and data and privacy.
Following your assessment:
- If you pass all four domains, you will get a NordDEC certified badge, that you can display online, and to appear in the central Nordic Data Directory.
- If your product does not yet meet the criteria, you will receive a confidential report detailing improvement recommendations.
Increase your credibility
With continuous compliance against more rigorous digital health product standards and regulations
Support 27 million+ people
Reach and support up to 27 million people with your digital health product across the Nordics
Be part of a world-leading initiative
Be part of the world-leading initiative in international digital health supply
Grow your reach globally
Get your product assessed against the NordDEC
The NordDEC assessment is available as part of the ORCHA level two annual subscription. This includes a range of benefits, including:
- A NordDEC 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 Nordic Digital Health Evaluation Criteria (NordDEC)?
The Nordic Digital Health Evaluation Criteria (NordDEC) is an assessment that checks if your digital health product, or health app, meets the requirements of 500 criteria. These are 500 questions that we answer to score your digital health product against four main domains: usability and accessibility, professional and clinical assurance, security and technical stability, and data and privacy.
You need to pass the NordDEC to be surfaced on to the Nordic Data Formulary which will be used by health systems across Sweden, Iceland, Denmark, Norway and Finland.
After passing the assessment your digital health product will also surface on our ORCHA Health App Library, Digital Health Formulary, and Digital Health Toolkits, which we develop for health and care organisations to access digital health products.
How can I assess my digital health product against the NordDEC?
We can assess your digital health product, or health app, against the NordDEC as part of our annual assessment subscription service.
How much does a NordDEC 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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– Anders Tunold-Hanssen, CEO and Project Manager of the Nordic Interoperability Project (N!P)
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