SVA Qualification & Re-Qualification

Glossary

Find out how to prepare for Supplier Volume Allocation (SVA) Qualification and what you need to do in order to qualify. You can also find out if you need to re-qualify. 

How it relates to you

To operate as any of the market participants listed you will need to complete SVA Qualification.

Party and Party Agent roles

  • Distribution System Operator – (may also need to register as Supplier Meter Registration Agent and Unmetered Supplies Operator)
  • Supplier
  • Virtual Lead Party

SVA Party Agent roles

  • Central Volume Allocation Meter Operator Agent
  • Data Aggregator (Half Hourly and Non Half Hourly)
  • Data Collector (Half Hourly and Non Half Hourly)
  • Meter Administrator
  • Meter Operator (Half Hourly and Non Half Hourly)
  • Supplier Meter Registration Agent
  • Unmetered Supplies Operator

Why is it important?

The Qualification process aims to provide assurance that an organisation’s systems and processes have been developed in line with BSC requirements and good practice. Qualification also helps check that systems won’t pose a risk to settlement. 

How to Qualify

This section features the SVA Qualification process followed by a ‘Qualification check list’.

Qualification process

Parties must Accede to the BSC before starting Qualification. SVA Party Agents (listed above) and Central Volume Allocation Meter Operator Agents must sign and submit the Qualification Letter.

Following receipt of the Applicant’s Qualification Letter (or confirmation of Accession), Elexon and our Qualification Service Provider (QSP) will hold a planning meeting with you. This meeting will provide guidance and support and agree timescales for the application.

You may be required to undertake Entry Assessment under the Master Registration Agreement (MRA). If so, the Master Registration Agreement Service Company (MRASCo) will also attend the planning meeting.

Qualification applicants must then complete the Self Assessment Document (SAD). The SAD can be submitted in full or section by section for review. Once submitted, the QSP will provide feedback until it has been completed.

The QSP will provide a scope for the Witness Testing and/or witness any tests reasonable in order to assess some or all information provided in the SAD.

When we are satisfied that you have fully completed the SAD and provided all appropriate information, documentation, evidence and verification, a recommendation will be provided to the Performance Assurance Board (PAB) in relation to your application for Qualification.

The PAB will determine your application for Qualification as either:

  • Approved
  • Approved with a determination that certain matters are to be subsequently complied with
  • Deferred

Qualification check list

  1. Accede to the BSC by signing the Accession Agreement (SVA Party Agents and CVAMOAs must sign and submit the Qualification Letter)
  2. Meet with QSP (and MRASCo if applicable to role) for guidance and agree timescales for the application
  3. Qualification applicants must then complete the Self Assessment Document (SAD) 
  4. QSP to assess information provided in the SAD
  5. Report submitted to PAB so they can determine your application

All forms needed for Qualification can be accessed on this page, but you can download the SAD from Elexon Kinnect.

Costs

As an applicant, you do not need to pay to go through the Qualification process. The costs for this are recovered centrally through Elexon’s funding mechanisms.

Qualification guidance

Re-Qualification

Qualified Persons are required to Re-Qualify prior to implementing Material Changes to the systems, staff or processes they use to operate in their market role. Qualified Persons will need to produce a risk and impact assessment (RIA) to determine if those changes are Material.

Please note: Re-Qualification does not apply to Suppliers, VLPs or LDSOs except when acting in their capacity as an UMSO or SMRA.

How do I start the Re-Qualification process?

Please contact your Operational Support Manager (OSM) or the Qualification team. They 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 SAD. We then review the document, supporting evidence and carry out witness testing.

Costs

As an applicant, you do not need to pay to go through the Re-Qualification process. The costs for this are recovered centrally through Elexon’s funding mechanisms.

Removal of Qualification

Your Qualified Person’s Qualification can be removed if you do not comply with certain requirements and standards.

This can be avoided if you follow the techniques listed in the Performance Assurance Framework

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