Health pass apps must be associated with public health authorities
What you need to know
- Apple has provided some guidance on submitting health pass apps.
- The company says that health pass apps "must be submitted by developers working with entities recognized by public health authorities."
In a news release (opens in new tab) on its developer website, Apple has informed developers that apps that generate health passes must be submitted by developers who work with companies that are approved by public health authorities.
The company says that it has experienced a rise in these kinds of apps as COVID-19 vaccinations increase. Developers are attempting to create health passes that users can display to indicate they have been tested or vaccinated for COVID-19.
Apple has listed the following approved entities as examples:
- Test kit manufacturers
- Healthcare providers
As it did with COVID-19 apps, Apple will also continue to accept apps from governments, medical companies, and "other credentialed institutions."
Apple's effort in the fight against COVID-19 has recently borne some fruit. A recent report from the BBC indicated that the NHS COVID-19 app, which uses Apple and Google's Exposure Notification technology, helped prevent as many as 600,000 infections.
Developers can learn more about submitting apps that are related to COVID-19 on the Apple Developer website (opens in new tab).
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.