Qualification Approach and Plan


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The Qualification Approach and Plan (QA&P) applies to all participants that are required to complete MHHS Qualification, whether they plan to undertake testing through the Systems Integration Testing (SIT) or Qualification Testing (QT) route.

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

The QA&P is supported by four Annexes:

  1. Annex 1: Non-SIT Licensed Distribution System Operator (LDSO) MHHS Qualification Testing Approach - this Annex was issued with the QA&P consultation in January 2024 and approved in May 2024. A Non-Functional and Operational update to Annex 1 was issued in July 2024 for consultation.  
  2. Annex 2: Non-SIT Supplier & Agent MHHS Qualification Testing Approach - a Non-Functional and Operational update to Annex 2 was issued in July 2024 for consultation.  
  3. Annex 3: New Entrant Non-SIT LDSO MHHS Qualification Testing Approach - this document will be drafted after Annex 1 and 2 are baselined to ensure alignment. The first draft is expected to be issued for consultation in Autumn 2024.
  4. Annex 4: Non-Completion of Qualification - this Annex was issued with the QA&P consultation in January 2024 and approved in May 2024.

Qualification Approach & Plan (v2.1), Annexes 1 & 2 (v1.2): Non-Functional and Operational Updates Consultation 

The MHHS Programme and Code Bodies published the Qualification Approach and Plan (QA&P) with supporting Annexes for industry consultation following Non-Functional and Operational Testing updates to the artefacts. The consultation closed on 19 July 2024.

The QA&P sets out the purpose of Qualification during the MHHS Programme, and provides the high-level plan and requirements for participants, in relation to the Balancing and Settlement Code (BSC) and Retail Energy Code (REC). This document is applicable to all participants no matter their qualification route. This is the last planned update to the QA&P.

The QA&P is published alongside two Annexes:

  1. Annex 1 - Non-SIT LDSO MHHS Qualification Testing Approach and Plan: The consultation version (v1.2) includes updates for Non-Functional and Operational as well as updates based on feedback received during consultation on Annex 1 v1.1 . 
  2. Annex 2 - Non-SIT Supplier and Agent MHHS Qualification Testing Approach and Plan: The consultation version (v1.2) includes updates for Non-Functional and Operational testing.

The Programme expects that all Programme participants going through MHHS Qualification to provide feedback on this document. The Programme will use this as a measure of participant’s early engagement with MHHS Qualification to provide either a confirmation of review or comments on the document.

Following the end of the consultation, comments will be triaged and any issues for discussion will be considered at the Qualification Working Group (QWG) meeting on 13 August 2024

Following this, subject to any changes, the updated document will be tabled for approval at the Qualification Advisory Group (QAG) on 22 August 2024. The document suite will then be submitted to the BSC and REC Performance Assurance Boards (PABs) for approval by the end of August 2024.

If you have any questions, please email the Code Bodies at [email protected] and [email protected] 

For questions on LDSO Qualification Testing, please email the MHHS Programme at [email protected]   

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Qualification Approach & Plan: Annex 4

The MHHS Programme and Code Bodies published the Qualification Approach & Plan (QA&P) Annex 4: Non-Completion of Qualification for industry consultation. This document sets out the market sanction process under the Balancing & Settlement Code (BSC) if a current Programme participant fails to complete MHHS Qualification in line with the MHHS Programme Plan. This document is applicable to all participants no matter their qualification route. 

The consultation closed on 14 February 2024. Thank you to all participants who submitted comments or confirmed review of the QA&P and Annexes.

You can view the QA&P Annex 4 document and the Qualification Approach & Plan Annex 4 Consolidated Comments Log in the Annex 4 library below.

This document was approved at the Qualification Advisory Group (QAG), BSC and Retail Energy Code (REC) Performance Assurance Boards (PABs) in March 2024.

If you have any questions about the QA&P, QA&P Annex 4 or general QA&P and Non-SIT Supplier and Agent queries, please email the Code Bodies at [email protected] and [email protected]  

If you have any questions on QA&P Annex 1, please email the MHHS Programme at [email protected]    


Qualification Approach & Plan

Short Name Doc Number Subtype Theme Version
Qualification Approach & Plan v2.1 (Clean) MHHS-DEL1118 Approach and Plan Qualification Approach & Plan 2.1
Qualification Approach & Plan Consolidated Comments Log MHHS-DEL2205 Supporting Document Qualification Approach & Plan 1.0
Qualification Approach & Plan Comments Log MHHS-DEL2871 Approach and Plan Qualification Approach & Plan 1.0
Qualification Approach & Plan v2.1 (Red-lined) MHHS-DEL1118 Approach and Plan Qualification Approach & Plan 2.1

Qualification Approach & Plan: Annex 1

Short Name Doc Number Subtype Theme Version
MHHS Qualification Approach and Plan Annex 1 v1.2 Consolidated Comments Log MHHS-DEL2870 Supporting Document Qualification Approach & Plan Annex 1 1.2
Qualification Approach & Plan Annex 1 v1.2 (Clean) MHHS-DEL2183 Approach and Plan Qualification Approach & Plan Annex 1 1.2
MHHS Qualification Approach and Plan Annex 1 Comments Log MHHS-DEL2870 Approach and Plan Qualification Approach & Plan Annex 1 1.0
Qualification Approach & Plan Annex 1 v1.2 (Red-lined) MHHS-DEL2183 Approach and Plan Qualification Approach & Plan Annex 1 1.2

Qualification Approach & Plan: Annex 2

Short Name Doc Number Subtype Theme Version
Qualification Approach & Plan Annex 2 v1.2 (Clean) MHHS-DEL2433 Approach and Plan Qualification Approach & Plan Annex 2 1.2
Qualification Approach & Plan Annex 2 v1.2 (Red-lined) MHHS-DEL2433 Approach and Plan Qualification Approach & Plan Annex 2 1.2
Qualification Approach & Plan Annex 2 Comments Log MHHS-DEL2872 Approach and Plan Qualification Approach & Plan Annex 2 1.0

Qualification Approach & Plan: Annex 4

Short Name Doc Number Subtype Theme Version
Qualification Approach & Plan Annex 4 MHHS-DEL2215 Approach and Plan Qualification Approach & Plan Annex 4 2.0
Qualification Approach & Plan Annex 4 Consolidated Comments Log MHHS-DEL2207 Supporting Document Qualification Approach & Plan Annex 4 1.0
Qualification Approach & Plan Annex 4 v2.0 (Red-lined) MHHS-DEL2215 Approach and Plan Qualification Approach & Plan Annex 4 2.0