SVA Qualification

SVA Qualification is designed to provide assurance that new organisations entering the market develop their systems and processes to the right standard.

Why do we need it?

It’s about providing assurance the systems or processes, developed outside of BSC Central Systems control, which may interact with the BSC Systems and other participant’s systems will not introduce significant risks or issues to Settlement.

Who is involved?

The SVA Qualification process is documented in Section J of the BSC and in BSCP537: Qualification Process for SVA Parties, SVA Party Agents and CVA Meter Operators. Qualification applications are considered by the Performance Assurance Board (PAB).

To operate as any of the following types of market participant you need to complete SVA Qualification.

  • Supplier
  • Half Hourly and Non Half Hourly Data Collector
  • Half Hourly and Non Half Hourly Data Aggregator
  • Half Hourly and Non Half Hourly Meter Operator and CVA Meter Operator
  • Supplier Meter Registration Agent
  • Unmetered Supplies System Operator
  • Meter Administrator

How do I become Qualified?

The first step is to notify us of your intention to Qualify by sending Qualification Agreement letter. We will then get in touch with you to talk about SVA Qualification in more detail.

The process is a structured framework for self assessment, through completing the Self Assessment Document (SAD) which we will review. The SAD covers the SVA Qualification requirements you will need to meet. You will also need to provide evidence to support your responses.

Our review looks at your responses and supporting evidence and based on an assessment of the risk of the applicant, we will need to witness some testing at your site. See the Guidance on the approach to Witness testing: SVA Qualification Approach to Witnessing.

The PAB approves SVA Qualification applications based on the findings from the SAD, including your responses and evidence and the witness testing, which is presented to the PAB.

Storyboards

Storyboards are guidance documents that you can use to help you understand the requirements of SVA Qualification testing. There are two sets of storyboards:

MRA & BSC Joint Storyboards: This set covers the testing of Suppliers and SMRAs for both the BSC and Master Registration Agreement (MRA) market entry processes. It was jointly developed by ELEXON and MRASCo. Guidance can be found here: MRA Entry Process and BSC Qualification Storyboards.

ELEXON Storyboards: This set covers the testing of Party Agents for BSC purposes only. You can find it here: SVA Qualification Storyboards and Test Guidelines.

SVA Re-Qualification

Qualified Persons are required to re-Qualify prior to implementing Material Changes to the systems, staff or processes used to operate their market role. Guidance on the concept of Material Change and example events which could trigger re-Qualification can be found in  Material Change and Triggers for re-Qualification.

The following market participants are required to complete the re-Qualification process:

  • Half Hourly and Non Half Hourly Data Collecters
  • Half Hourly and Non Half Hourly Data Aggregarors
  • Half Hourly and Non Half Hourly Meter Operators and CVA Meter Operators
  • Supplier Meter Registration Agents
  • Unmetered Supplies System Operators
  • Meter Administrator

Re-Qualification does not apply to Suppliers

How do I start the re-Qualification Process?

Your first step is to contact your Operational Support Manager (OSM) or the Qualification Coordinator qualification@elexon.co.uk. We will then get in touch with you to talk about re-Qualification in more detail.

It’s similar to the SVA Qualification process though you only answer those questions affected by the change within the SAD. We then review your SAD and the evidence to support your responses.

Our review looks at your responses and evidence and then, based on an assessment of the risk of the applicant, we may need to witness some testing at your site. Like SVA Qualification, re-Qualification applications are considered by the PAB.

Do I need to pay for SVA Qualification or re-Qualification?

As an applicant, you don’t need to pay to go through the Qualification or re-Qualification process. The costs for this are recovered centrally through ELEXON’s funding mechanisms.

Performance Assurance Framework

SVA Qualification and re-Qualification are both preventative techniques in ELEXON’s Performance Assurance Framework.