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Secure Email

About this information standard

This information standard defines the minimum non-functional requirements for a secure email service, covering the storage and transmission of email, including where email is used for the sharing of patient identifiable data. The standard includes:

  • the information security of the email service
  • transfer of sensitive information over insecure email
  • access from the Internet or mobile devices
  • exchange of information outside the boundaries of the secure standard.

This information standard is published under section 250 of the Health and Social Care Act 2012. An Information Standards Notice (see below) provides an overview of scope and implementation timescales and the other listed documents provide further detail for those who have to implement the information standard.

Current release

Release date15/03/2017
Release numberAmd 3/2016
Release titleVersion 2
Key documents
Previous releases

More guidance is available from the developer webpages on the NHS Digital website

Please see the ISB website for information on Version 1.0.

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