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technical feasibility - whether we can provide what is being requested
the purpose for wanting the data, including what benefits will be yielded for health and social care in the UK
Your application will be referred back to you if more information is required in any of these areas. Your Case Officer will work closely with you to capture any outstanding details before you resubmit your application with the additional information included.
The Data Sharing Agreement is electronically signed by NHS Digital.
In DARS Online, you review the Agreement, provide a purchase order (PO) number and then electronically sign the Agreement.
The data, with patient objections upheld as appropriate, is produced, reviewed and signed-off by NHS Digital, or the data service access is granted.
The data will be made available either by Secure File Transfer (SEFT) or through the Data Access Environment (DAE), once the data sharing agreement is signed and the data production process has commenced.
We carry out data sharing audits to check that our customers are meeting the obligations in their contract and Data Sharing Agreement.
Once we have accepted your application after its initial review, the application is subject to our service levels. We only pause the elapsed time when we require further detail, such as a more explicit articulation of the purpose, or when approvals are required from an external body (such as Approved Researcher status from ONS).
Our service response times, from the date that the application is accepted to the date that you sign the agreement is up to 60 working days to allow for any complex requests.