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PDS access request form

Guidance on how to obtain Personal Demographics Service (PDS) Information Asset Owner (IAO) approval to access PDS. 


The PDS access request form is used by a consumer supplier to give information about what the access to PDS will be used for.

The PDS access approval process assesses the risks of the proposed data access and use based on information that must be supplied by the consumer supplier and by, or on behalf of the End User Organisation (EUO).

There are five sections to complete and there is a requirement to detail the setting in which Spine mini service for PDS will be used and how it connects together.

Guidance on creating context diagrams is included which will need to be embedded into the document.

Next steps

To obtain a copy of the PDS access request form, follow the instructions on Connecting to Personal Demographics Services via the Spine Mini Service

Once the PDS access request form has been completed, it should be emailed to

Once the form has been accepted, PDS Information Asset Owner (IAO) approval will be provided. The next stage is to move onto completing the Supplier Conformance Assessment List (SCAL).

Further information

internal Stage 1: Getting started quick start

Enables a developer to become familiar with a typical journey that they will take to develop and deploy their solution in a live care setting.

internal Supplier Conformance Assessment List (SCAL)

Connecting to PDS via SMSP relies on Suppliers and End Users completing the NHS Digital self-certification tool, known as the Supplier Conformance Assessment List (SCAL)

Last edited: 8 September 2021 3:29 pm