Twinning solution

Guideline of safe practices for health app developers

Twinning type

Partial adoption

Main policy priority

Digital tools for citizen empowerment and for person-centred care


Fundación Pública Andaluza Progreso y Salud (Spain)


Serviços Partilhados do Ministério da Saúde (Portugal)

Short description

AppSaludable is a recommendations guide for health related apps, devices and software, designed by the Andalucian Agency for Healthcare Quality (ACSA). It includes a quality seal granting the quality recognition of the authority and can be obtained by every app which covers the recommendation guidelines.
The aim of this twinning is to set the basis for the establishment of a quality seal for mHealth apps within the Portuguese healthcare system through SPMS, based on the existing model developed by ACSA. This will be done through the adoption of the 31 recommendations (divided into four big blocks of content) included in the Andalusian model, its methodology, strategy and working framework; all these elements will be analysed to evaluate their applicability to the reality and existing technologies in the Portuguese healthcare system.
Furthermore, as an added value and to enrich this collaboration, a cross-recognition model between the two territories and models is planned. A minimum set of common recommendations present in both instances, will allow any app awarded in one of the systems being automatically also acknowledged in the other one. Thus, the initiative could constitute the seed of an eventual common international framework on mHealth apps assessment.