The SCAL is a document you use to tell us about your product and organisation, and to make various declarations about them.
When you sign the Connection Agreement (see step 12 below), the SCAL becomes part of your legally binding agreement with NHS Digital.
You must also pass the SCAL on to each of the end user organisations that use your product to assist them in evaluating your product.
- if your product uses several NHS Digital APIs or services, you’ll have a single SCAL that covers them all
- if you have more than one product, you need a separate SCAL for each product
The SCAL is a spreadsheet with several tabs:
- ‘Guidance & Process’ - explains how the SCAL works
- ‘Supplier & Product information’ - general information and declarations about your product and organisation
- ‘Architecture’ - details about your product’s architecture, so they can be reviewed by end user organisations
- one or more tabs for each API or service that your product uses
You can download a template of the SCAL document to familiarise yourself with the document but you cannot use this version to start onboarding.
To get an appropriate SCAL template for your product, contact us and tell us:
- your developer organisation name
- your application name
- which APIs or services you want to onboard for
- any API-specific information requested in the relevant API specifications, such as the relevant access mode for your application
We will either create a new SCAL template for you or find your existing SCAL and add new tabs for the APIs or services you want to onboard for.