Challenging Burden Service (CBS)


The Challenging Burden Service (CBS) offers advice, guidance, and support around minimising data collection burden.

Top tasks

We have made some changes to the way we manage our burden service, following these changes:

We offer advice and guidance to minimise the amount of work involved in responding to new or existing data requests.

We work with health and social care organisations to share and identify good practice around how data is collected, collated and shared.

We offer a confidential way for you to refer data requests that you feel would benefit from further scrutiny via our Collection Referral Service.

We have responsibilities under the Health and Social Care Act 2012 to provide advice to the Secretary of State for health around burden minimisation.

Further information

  1. external

    Burden assessments

    The Challenging Burden Service is no longer responsible for the burden assessment function. Data collections are now assured by the Data Standards Assurance Service (DSAS) on behalf of the Data Coordination Board (DCB). Please contact for further information

  2. internal

    Central register of collections

    If you are a potential (data) collector please check the DCB standards and collections list before requesting a Burden Assessment application form. This list is updated regularly.

  3. internal

    Data Provision Notices (DPNs)

    NHS Digital, issues a Data Provision Notice each time it uses the statutory power under Section 259 (1) of the Health and Social Care Act 2012.

  4. internal

    Burden reduction plans

    We work closely with the Department of Health and Social Care and Arm's Length Bodies (ALBs) to support the development of burden reduction plans. These plans set out how each organisation plans to reduce the data burden they place on the health and social care system in England and to minimise bureaucracy.

  5. internal

    Collection referral service

    Refer data collections to us confidentially if you think we should assess whether they are necessary or could be improved.