The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), Washington, DC, and UL (Underwriters Laboratories), Northbrook, IL, a global safety science organization, have signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) for current and emerging medical devices cybersecurity standards and certification approaches.

This CRADA project will support improving veterans’ patient safety and security through the use and verification of UL’s Cybersecurity Assurance Program. Working with UL, the VA’s Office of Information & Technology will refine standards and practices related to network connectable medical devices, medical device data systems, and related health information technology.

This project is expected to accelerate the sharing of medical device cybersecurity information, standards, and lifecycle requirements towards creating a safety certification framework for veterans.