Joint testing

Joint testing

Joint testing is a statutory obligation for class A information systems. An information system used in the processing of client data in social welfare or healthcare services must meet the key requirements concerning interoperability, information security and data protection, as well as functionality.

The act on electronic processing of client data in social and health care (finlex.fi, in Finnish), hereafter The Client Data Act, provides that class A information systems and transmission services intended for the processing of client and patient information in social welfare and healthcare services, and which are joining the Kanta Services, must be certified before production use. The certification includes joint testing coordinated by the Kanta Services and the auditing of information security, which is carried out in cooperation with the inspection body. 

Joint testing is organised:

Joint testing is also carried out when amendments are made to the Client Data Act. Information system suppliers are obliged to notify any changes to the Kanta Services on the notice of change (docx, in Finnish only) on the basis of which the need for change testing will be assessed.

In joint testing, it is ensured that the information system has been implemented in accordance with the national definitions concerning interoperability. Joint testing is not acceptance or availability testing of the information system because Kela does not examine the information system’s interface or its functionality. 

The working language of joint testing is Finnish, and therefore all test material and instructions are available in Finnish only. The Kanta Services is not responsible for translating the test material on joint testing to other languages or for any expenses arising from it.

Last updated 03.07.2019