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Data Access Request Service (DARS)

The Data Access Request Service (DARS) can offer clinicians, researchers and commissioners the data required to help improve NHS services.

Existing customers can track their application, book onto webinars and browse the application guidance catalogue on our existing customers page.

New customers can learn more about DARS and the application process by reading below.

Organisations and individuals wanting to use certain kinds of data need to show they meet strict data governance standards by completing our  DARS application process

The DARS team makes sure we only supply sensitive patient level data to organisations that look after it according to Information Governance (IG) requirements, and use it to improve health and care services.

NHS Digital can provide access to a wide range of products and services

View the range of data products and services available through DARS.

We make charges to cover the costs of managing your application, processing data and providing access. icon View our latest charging guidelines [26.49KB] .

How to access our data

Before you begin the application process please contact us to discuss your requirements. Not all enquiries progress to the application stage - it may be that your requirement can be satisfied through existing published data.

When you're ready to proceed with an application you'll need to follow the DARS application process.

How NHS Digital protects data

Our decisions and actions are bound by law and policies. We will check that there is an appropriate legal basis for us to receive, process and pass data to you. We will also check that you have safeguards in place so that you store and handle the data safely and securely.

We carry out data sharing audits to check that you meet the obligations in your data sharing contract and icon Data Sharing Agreement [351.62KB] .

Learn more about how NHS Digital protects your information.

On the 7th February 2018 we sent a letter to our customers. It contains advice on data access and their responsibilites for data management with respect to General Data Protection Regulations. View and download the letter.

Contact us

To discuss any aspect of DARS or an existing application call the DARS team on 0300 303 5678 or email

Existing customers can also call their assigned Case Officer.

Data Access Request Service (DARS): process

A summary of the stages you'll need to navigate in your application for data.

Information on type 2 opt-outs

Anyone wishing to apply for data should be aware that from 29 April 2016 NHS Digital removes certain patient records from data provided where a patient has requested an opt-out.

DARS: products and services

A description of the data products we use to provide data extracts and other services.

DARS: supporting information for existing customers

Track your application via DARS Online, book yourself onto a webinar and browse the application guidance catalogue.

Data Sharing Audits

We carry out independent audits to check that our customers are meeting their obligations towards data security.

Register of Approved Data Releases

The Register of Approved Data Releases (Release Register) is a record of the data we have shared with other organisations.

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