Certification Process

 

 

Certification Process

Continua Certification is open for members-only.  Links that require Continua membership to access are marked (  ).

Please note that access to certification related materials below require members to join the Test and Certification Work Group (TCWG) first. To join TCWG, go to the Membership group join page, and select ‘Test and Certification Work Group.'

Note: Links to materials that require Continua membership are marked with an asterisk (*). Access to certification materials requires members to join the Test and Certification Work Group (TCWG). To join TCWG, go to the Membership group join page, and select ‘Test and Certification Work Group.'

 

1. Prepare
Ensure your product conforms to the Continua Design Guidelines [link] and related standards.
• Study the Certification Specification (*) for information on certifying your product.
• Prepare with a pretest. Review the Path to Certification slides for more information on the certification process.
• Reference code: Continua Enabling Software Library (CESL) is available free to members to assist in development and interoperability testing. Start here(*)   to begin download process. For more information, read the CESL FAQ  .
• Conformance testing: A free version of the Test Tool used in conformance testing is available to Continua members from Continua. Start here(*)  to begin the download process. Members are given download information. More info is available in the Test Tool FAQ(*)  and in TCWG's document folder(*) under Test Program Documentation.
• Interoperability testing: Continua also requires Interoperability Tests to be run and passed. Continua Test Labs will run the Interoperability Test Procedures(*) against devices applying for certification. These procedures will be run against certified devices in the Interop Matrix Test Bed Reference Devices and Product Notes documents. Some of these reference devices are available for purchase. Most are available at Continua Plugfest events.
• Self-Declaration: Continua offers self-declaration for Bluetooth Smart Agent and HRN Sender devices. Please see the Bluetooth Smart flyer for more information on Bluetooth Smart and the Test and Certification Plan document for more information on HRN certification. Self-certification offers significant discounts on both membership and certification. Please see the 'Join' page for details regarding the Adopter membership.

2. Apply
Fill out the Certification Application (*) for your device type and email to Continua Certification Administrator. This document contains the information necessary to begin the certification process for your device.
• Schedule certification by emailing the Test Lab of your choice.  Please allow up to one week for an initial certification and plan for a potential one week retest.

3. Test
Test your device. If you have a PAN Agent or Manager, WAN Observation Sender or Receiver, you will need to ship your device to the Test Lab at least three days prior to your certification date. If you have a HRN Sender, you may self test your device at any time using the Continua Test Tool.
• Submit test results to Continua. After testing has completed, submit your test results to Continua Administration and the TOM for review. If desired, you can ask the Continua Test Lab to submit your test results on your behalf. Test Labs are only allowed to submit results at your request.
• Waiver. If you have waiver applications (*) for failed or inconclusive results, these should be submitted to the TOM at this time as well. The TOM needs to provide technical approval of your results in order for testing to complete.

4. Certify
Sign the Certification Mark License Agreement (*). This will need to be completed before your company can use the Continua Certified logo on your product.
• Review the Continua CertifiedTM Logo Usage Manual (*) and the Continua CertifiedTMLogo Guidelines (*) once your certification is compete to ensure you do not violate Continua's Logo Usage Policy.
• Pay any applicable fees. Fee info here (*).

 

Press Policy for Newly Certified Products

 

Web site Posting

  • Prior to final certification paperwork, Continua Administration will request a picture and 50-word description of the Certified Device from the primary or marketing contact. Note: Continua will NOT download content from manufacturer's Web site unless specifically instructed by the contact to do so. All product and company content must be approved by the company primary contact before it is posted to the Continua Web site.

  • Once Continua has received the description and picture, Continua Administration will send this to the primary contact for approval (unless originally received from primary contact).

  • Receipt of approval to use description and picture from primary contact from Company.

  • Confirmation that the product is certified, receipt of final paperwork.

  • Continua Administration will confirm with the primary contact (and marketing contact, if applicable) the timing of when to post the product description and picture to the Continua Web site.

 

Public Relations Activities

  • If interested in a joint press package, please contact Continua Administration once your product is in the final stages of certification and provide a primary company contact for PR activities (typically a marketing contact).

  • Please notify Continua Administrator if there are specific restrictions on certification announcements.

  • Continua will work with you to identify an outline for reviews, deliverables and approvals of all press activities.

  • Continua's public relations agency must confirm the announcement material has undergone all company internal reviews before being released to the public and must have final written approval from the company primary contact. 

Continua device certification does not mean or imply that the device is legally marketable in any country; certification only assures that devices communicate in a standard fashion per Continua certification requirements and Guidelines. Refer to the device manufacturer or country Health Authority for specific details associated to device marketability or usage. CONTINUA DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, WITH REGARD TO ANY CERTIFIED PRODUCTS, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR PARTICULAR PURPOSES OR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY INFRINGEMENT. ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES ARE THOSE PROVIDED BY THE MANUFACTURER, DISTRIBUTOR OR SELLER OF THE DEVICES AND CONTINUA MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES WITH REGARD TO THE EXISTENCE OR AVAILABILITY OF THE SAME.

Test Labs

Continua Test Labs

 

TTA, Korea

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http://test.tta.or.kr/English/

267-2 Seohyun-dong, Bundang-gu

Seongnam-City, Gyeonggi-do, 463-824, Korea

Tel: +82 31 724 0135; +82 31 724 0148

Contact: continua@tta.or.kr

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 AT4 wireless, Inc. Herndon, Virginia USA

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http://www.at4wireless.com

520 Huntmar Park Drive,

Herndon, VA 20170, USA

Tel: + 1 703 657 2048; +1 703 657 2044

Contact: continua@at4wireless.com

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Allion Japan Inc.

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http://www.allion.co.jp

ADD: Takanawa Park Tower 1F/12F

3-20-14, Higashi Gotanda

Shinagawa-ku

Tokyo, Japan

141-0022

Tel: +81-3-5488-7368

Contact: service@allion.co.jp

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 AT4 wireless, Inc. Malaga, Spain

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http://www.at4wireless.com

Parque Tecnológico de Andalucía

Severo Ochoa, 2, 29590 Campanillas

Malaga, Spain

Tel: +34 952 61 93 22; +34 952 61 91 23

Contact: continua@at4wireless.com

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 Telecommunication Metrology Center of MIIT, China

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No. 52, Huayuan Bei Road

Haidian District, Beijing, China

Tel: +86 10 62304633 ext 2061

Contact: Xiaochen Chen, at chenxiaochen@emcite.com  

Direct:+86 185 0019 8271

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 Sharp Communications Compliance (SCC) Ltd, UK

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http://www.scc.sharp-eu.com

Inspired

Easthampstead Road

Bracknell

Berkshire

RG12 1NS

Tel: +44 (0) 1344 301883

Contact: SCC-Enquiries@sharp.eu

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SGS Korea Co., Ltd.

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http://www.sgsgroup.kr/

SGS Bldg 18-34

Sanbon-dong, Gunpo City

Gyeonggi-Do, Korea

435-040

Tel: +82 31 428 5700

Contact: kr.continua@sgs.com

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AT4 wireless, Inc. Taipei, Taiwan

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http://www.at4wireless.com

16F-7, Nr. 266 Sec. 1

Wen Hua 2nd Road

Linko Township , Taipei, Taiwan

Tel: +886 2 7705 3320

Contact: continua@at4wireless.com

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Allion Labs, Inc.

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http://www.allion.com

ADD: 9F, No.3-1

Yuan Ku Street

Taipei, Taiwan

11503 R.O.C.

Tel: +886-2-2655-7877

Contact: service@allion.com

 

Certification Experts

Continua Certification Experts

The Continua Certification Expert (CCE) program is designed to support members preparing to certify a Continua device. CCEs are involved daily in supporting Continua’s Test and Certification program, ensuring the quality of Continua Certified products. CCEs are available to provide services for Continua members, and members may contract directly with a CCE for certification services.

 

All CCEs are proficient in the Continua Certification Process, Continua Design Guidelines, have experience using the Continua Enabling Software Library (CESL) and Continua Certification Test Tools. Additionally, each are recognized to be experts in a subset of Continua transport technologies and interface. Their area of expertise is listed in the table below.

 

If you are interested in becoming a CCE, please visit the CCE Recognition Process Page

 

Recognized CCEs

 

Name

Company

City/State

Country

Area of Continua Expertise

Dona Mitsui

Allion Japan Inc.

Tokyo

Japan

Bluetooth HDP/MCAP transport,
Bluetooth low energy Smart and Smart Ready,
PAN-LAN-TAN Interface

Felix Kao

Allion Labs, Inc.

Taipei

Taiwan

Bluetooth HDP/MCAP transport,
Bluetooth low energy Smart and Smart Ready,
PAN-LAN-TAN Interface 

Diego Bartolome Arquillo

AT4 wireless

Malaga

Spain

Bluetooth HDP/MCAP transport,
Bluetooth low energy Smart and Smart Ready,
PAN-LAN-TAN Interface,

Zigbee HCP 

Raul Gonzalez Gomez

AT4 wireless

Malaga

Spain

USB PHDC transport, 
PAN-LAN-TAN and WAN interface

Elisabeth Ruiz Jimenez

AT4 wireless

Malaga

Spain

Bluetooth HDP/MCAP transport,
Bluetooth low energy Smart and Smart Ready,
PAN-LAN-TAN Interface 

Jeppe Pilgaard Bjerre

DELTA

Horsholm

Denmark

Bluetooth HDP/MCAP transport,
Bluetooth low energy Smart and Smart Ready,
PAN-LAN-TAN Interface 

Bjørnar Henriksen

Devoteam AS

Rådgiver

Norway

WAN Interface

Thommy Evensen

Devoteam AS

Rådgiver

Norway

WAN Interface

Sri Prakash Pathmanathan

Sharp

Bracknell

UK

Bluetooth HDP/MCAP transport,
Bluetooth low energy Smart and Smart Ready,
PAN-LAN-TAN Interface 

Xiaochen Chen

TMC

Beijing

China

USB PHDC transport, 
PAN-LAN-TAN and WAN interface

Kanghae Lee

TTA

Seoul

Korea

Bluetooth HDP/MCAP transport,
Bluetooth low energy Smart and Smart Ready,
PAN-LAN-TAN Interface 

 

Bluetooth Smart to Continua Ready

 

The Continua Design Guidelines (CDGs) are recognized internationally and are the only means to achieving certified, end-to-end, authentic interoperability in Personal Connected Health. Health ministries, government agencies and prominent device manufacturers are adopting the CDGs. Bluetooth Smart technology is also becoming widely adopted and is a natural choice for personal connected health. Recognizing this, the Personal Connected Health Alliance has created a quick path to certifying your Bluetooth Smart device according to the CDGs. This can often be accomplished in a week or less.

 

Continua certification is important because it enables your devices’ data output to be immediately mapped into the Continua & HL7 Record-set and shared as desired with a user’s physician or other care providers, family, support network, or others. Further, certification will allow you to demonstrate product compliance and interoperability with many other Continua certified devices and services.

 

Preparing your device for Continua certification is simplified via use of both the Continua Guidelines and the Bluetooth Transcoding Whitepaper. Additionally, PCHA membership and product listing fees are significantly reduced.

 

Recognized Profiles

 

The Bluetooth Smart profiles and services that are recognized within the CDGs are as follows:

 

1.     Health Thermometer Profile and Service (HTP and HTS)

 

2.     Heart Rate Profile and Service (HRP and HRS)

 

3.     Blood Pressure Profile and Service (BLP and BLS)

 

4.     Glucose Profile and Service (GLP and GLS)

 

Bluetooth-smart

 

 Preparing Bluetooth ‘Smart’ Devices for Certification (Continua Agents):

  1. Once qualified at the Bluetooth SIG, simply complete the Continua Certification Application* and send to Continua at Certadmin@ContinuaAlliance.org. Continua Bluetooth Smart Agent devices can be self-certified in your own test lab (so you aren’t required to go to a Continua test lab).

  2. Complete your internal testing using Continua’s free test tool, TM Lite, and submit a summary test report showing passing results to Continua at Certadmin@ContinuaAlliance.org.

  3. Once your application, summary test report, signed Marketing License Agreement and listing fee have been received by Continua your device will be listed on Continua’s Product Showcase.

 

Preparing Bluetooth ‘Smart Ready’ Devices for Certification (Continua Managers):

 

  1. Once qualified at the Bluetooth SIG, simply complete the Continua Certification Application* and send to Continua at Certadmin@ContinuaAlliance.org. Continua Bluetooth Smart Ready Manager devices can be certified at a recognized Continua Test Lab of your choice. Please review all Continua recognized test labs here. You will need to schedule testing with the test lab in advance in order to complete the certification test report.

  2. Complete your test lab testing and submit test lab summary test report showing passing results to Continua at Certadmin@ContinuaAlliance.org.

  3. Once your application, summary test report, signed Marketing License Agreement and listing fee have been received by Continua your device will be listed on Continua’s Product Showcase.

     

*The company applying for Continua Certification must be an active member of PCHA in order to access the Continua Certification Application. Information on becoming a member of PCHA can be found here.