I have an app that reports the results of rapid SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid tests and would like to automate the process of propagating the results of that test through the Apple/Google Exposure Notification API. Can I add exposure notifications to my app, or is it only possible for one app per region to get App Store approval?

  • Are you intending to use this API? apple.com/covid19/contacttracing it’s not clear if you’re just pushing a normal app or utilizing contact tracing. The second requires a lot of extra requirements over the normal approval process. What’s the harm submitting your app for review?
    – bmike
    Commented Aug 19, 2020 at 14:41
  • @bmike Using Apple's API; clarified
    – orome
    Commented Aug 19, 2020 at 14:44

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According to Apple's Exposure Notification API Addendum to the Developer Program License, you need the Exposure Notification Entitlement Profile.

To get that entitelment, it states:

2. Entitlement Request; License and Restrictions

2.1 In order to use the Exposure Notification APIs, You must be a government entity, such as a government health services organization, or a developer who has been endorsed and approved by a government entity to develop an Application on behalf of a government for COVID-19response efforts.

Unless you are part of an authorized government agency, you will not be able to get this entitlement or submit an app.


As described in the FAQ:

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So you need to get involved with the public health authorities in your region to proceed on that. Uploading positive test results is a tightly controlled process step (for obvious reasons as it would be rather easy to break the system if anybody can upload positive results at will).

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