SVA Qualification & Re-Qualification

This page explains why it is important for market participants to gain and maintain their SVA Qualification and how it forms part of their operational obligations and the performance assurance processes.  Section J of the BSC sets out the Supplier Volume Allocation (SVA) Qualification process. Qualification and Re-Qualification applications are considered by the Performance Assurance Board (PAB).

How it relates to you

To operate as any of the market participants listed below 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
  • Virtual Lead Party

Why is it important?

This process assures that systems and processes (developed outside of BSC Central Systems control) which may interact with BSC Systems and other participant’s systems will not introduce significant risks or issues to Settlement.

Obtaining qualifications

Please read the documents below for guidance about the SVA process.

If you wish to qualify as a Party Agent, your first step is to notify us of your intention to Qualify by sending a Qualification letter –  BSCP537. We will then get in touch with you to discuss the SVA Qualification.

For further questions relating to Qualification, please email [email protected].

SVA Re-Qualification

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

Please note Re-Qualification does not apply to Suppliers and Virtual Lead Parties.

How do I start the Re-Qualification process?

Please contact your Operational Support Manager (OSM) or [email protected] who will then get in touch with you to talk about Re-Qualification in more detail.

It is similar to the SVA Qualification process except you only answer questions affected by the change within the Self-Assessment Document (SAD). We then review the SAD , supporting evidence and carry out witness testing.

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

As an applicant, you do not 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.


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