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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have plans to amend the Department of Health's operational guidance to the NHS Extending Patient Choice of Provider to recognise the proposed Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care Scheme for Assured Voluntary Regulators as an accepted standard for commissioning services.
The department has provided details in November 2011 on its Supply2Health procurement website of how the qualification process will work. Further details of the qualification process, including guidance and the qualification questionnaire itself, will be published early next year. Whilst developing the qualification process we will look at the assured voluntary registration scheme to see how it can fit into our assurance mechanism.