Qualification Background

The Qualification phase of the Programme is in place to assess whether Programme participants that plan to operate in MHHS, have the appropriate systems, processes and controls in place to undertake the BSC and REC requirements for the MHHS Design. 

In summary, the high-level Qualification evidence requirements will include: 

  1. PIT DBT1: Evidence PIT DBT1 completion to enter Qualification Testing which will prove specific functional, non-functional and migration related characteristics of systems and processes.
  2. SIT/Qualification Testing: Participants are expected to complete either SIT or Qualification Testing, and document evidence in the Qualification Assessment Document (QAD). 
  3. Placing Reliance: a policy for placing reliance is being consulted upon to reduce unnecessary duplication of effort for participants when completing the evidencing testing as set out in the 'Placing Reliance' policy. If this policy is being applied, evidence to support it should be provided in the QAD applying the principles set out in the policy.
  4. Procedural and Governance: All participants are expected to adhere to the processes and procedures of the Code Bodies to fulfil the requirements of the role; evidence for this will be documented in the QAD. ​​​​​​​


Placing Reliance Proposal Form 

To help participants who are not taking part in Systems Integration Testing (SIT) and who intend to place reliance on some, or all of the testing completed by a third party in line with the MHHS Placing Reliance Policy, the Code Bodies have produced a Placing Reliance Proposal Form. 

Participants who are taking the non-SIT route through Qualification Testing, and wish to place reliance upon a third party, must complete and submit the Placing Reliance Proposal Form to the Code Bodies.

You can view the Placing Reliance Proposal Form below:

Non-SIT participant Placing Reliance Proposal Form

Following completion of the form, participants are requested to email their proposals to both [email protected] and  [email protected] with the subject: ‘MHHS Qualification/Placing Reliance Proposal’.

There is no cut-off submission date yet, but parties are encouraged to engage and submit the forms so the Code Bodies can consider the proposals, request clarifications and decision ahead of February 2024.  

Non-SIT participants who are not seeking to place reliance should not complete this form. 

Qualification Approach & Plan Industry Consultation Closed 

The Qualification Approach and Plan (QA&P), produced by the Code Bodies, sets out the purpose of Qualification during the MHHS Programme, and provides the high-level plan and requirements for Programme participants in relation to the Balancing and Settlement Code (BSC) and Retail Energy Code (REC).

Qualification Approach & Plan

The Qualification Approach & Plan (QA&P) has now been approved by the Testing and Migration Advisory Group (TMAG) and the Performance Assurance Boards (PABs) of the Balancing and Settlement Code (BSC) and Retail Energy Code (REC). 

We anticipate issuing further iterations of the Qualification Approach and Plan throughout the year and Code Bodies will continue to accept comments to feed into future versions of the document. These updates will continue to be workshopped through the Qualification Working Group (QWG) and be submitted for review and approval by TMAG and the BSC and REC PABs, as per the schedule outlined within the document. Any changes to this schedule will be communicated at the QWG. 

The Consolidated Comments Log for the first iteration of the QA&P is available below:

Qualification Approach & Plan Consolidated Comments Log

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Retail Energy Code (REC) Qualification Assessment Criteria for MHHS Qualification

To help participants to understand MHHS Qualification under the REC, REC has produced a document detailing its assessment criteria for Qualification. 

The document which has been approved by REC's governance, the Performance Assurance Board (PAB), is hosted on the REC Portal.

Participants can use this document to gain insight into REC's approach to Qualification.

Click here to view the document on the REC Portal