The Good Health Interoperability Blueprint draft is now available for public comment.
Good Health Pass Collaborative
The Good Health Pass Collaborative is an open, inclusive, cross-sector initiative, bringing together leading companies and organizations from the technology, health, and travel sectors. Our members are creating a blueprint for interoperable digital health pass systems and building a safe path to restore international travel and restart the global economy.
Good Health Pass Interoperability Blueprint Draft
The Good Health Pass Interoperability Blueprint proposes a comprehensive standard for digital health passes, which will enable compliant passes to be universally recognized and accepted by airlines, airports, and border control agencies around the world, thus creating a trusted, convenient, and seamless travel experience.
More than 120 experts from the health, travel, and technology sectors contributed to the development of the draft Good Health Pass Interoperability Blueprint through an open and transparent process managed by the Interoperability Working Group for Good Health Pass at the Trust over IP Foundation, a JDF-charted organization within the Linux Foundation. In order to comply with IPR and antitrust requirements, providing feedback requires agreement to a brief disclosure in the response forms provided here (link).
Good Health Pass: A Safe Path to Global Reopening
In order to ensure that digital health passes are privacy-protecting, user-controlled, equitable, globally interoperable, and universally-accepted for international travel, the Good Health Pass Collaborative released its first white paper in February. Entitled, Good Health Pass: A Safe Path to Global Reopening, the white paper outlines the principles, which will guide the development of the Good Health Pass Interoperability Blueprint and Governance Framework Recommendations and the Collaborative’s advocacy activities.
Restoring international travel means restoring confidence; confidence of travelers and of governments who have an obligation to protect the health of their citizens.
COVID-19 test results are already required for entry at some airports and at international borders. But existing paper-based certificates are easy to lose, unnecessarily expose sensitive personal information, and are prone to fraud and counterfeiting.
By contrast, digital health credentials can be printed (e.g. as a QR code) or stored on an individual’s mobile phone. They enhance user privacy, and “bind” an individual’s identity to their test result or vaccination certificate, thus enabling real-time, fraud-resistant digital verification.
The result: confidence.
It is expected to take years to vaccinate the world’s 7.9 billion people. Widespread testing is an essential public health tool – and one that must continue alongside vaccination to ensure an equitable return to public life.
Numerous efforts are currently underway to develop digital health credentials – both vaccination and test certificates – for international travel and a variety of other applications.
Despite this frantic race to market, it is unlikely that a single solution will be implemented universally – or even across the entire travel industry. Thus, it is critical that solutions are designed to be interoperable, both with one another and across institutional and geographic borders.
“Fragmentation is a risk we simply cannot ignore. To be valuable to users, credentials need to accepted at check-in, upon arrival by border control agencies, and more. We can get there – even with multiple systems – as long as solutions adhere to open standards and participate in a common governance framework. But without these, fragmentation is inevitable, and travelers – and the economy – will continue to suffer needlessly as a result.”— Dakota Gruener, ID2020 Executive Director
The Good Health Pass Collaborative is not intended to supplant these existing efforts, but rather to help weave them together, fill gaps where they may exist, and facilitate collaboration among a new ecosystem of stakeholders, many of whom have never worked together.
The Good Health Pass Collaborative invites the participation of policymakers; representatives of government agencies; companies in the health, technology, and travel sectors; and civil society organizations who share our commitment to restoring international travel while ensuring that equity, privacy, and other civil liberties are protected.
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