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.

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Existing customers can find out more about how to make the most of DARS on our guidance page. You’ll find a range of resources including videos, webinars and guidance documents.

If you’re an existing customer, you can also track and amend applications by accessing DARS Online.

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. View our latest charging guidelines.

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 Data Sharing Agreement.

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.

Further information

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    Data Access Request Service (DARS): process

    A summary of the stages you'll need to navigate in your application for data. The DARS process consists of the following stages: Enquiry, Application, Approval, Access, Audit and Deletion of data.

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    DARS guidance

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

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    Data Sharing Audits

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

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    Data Access Request Service (DARS) charges 2018/19

    Estimated DARS service charges for the year 2018/19 listed by service component. Actual costs will be confirmed at the end of the application process and formally agreed before work commences.