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Approved Researcher accreditation

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An individual can apply for access to sensitive data held by ONS. In the first instance the individual will need to be accredited as an Approved Researcher.

If you require more advice on accessing data please email Access2data@ons.gsi.gov.uk

Approved Researcher Criteria - Please note the criteria that any application will be assessed against.

A researcher is deemed 'Fit and Proper' when:

The researcher is able to demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the National Statistician, that he/she:

  • Has the appropriate knowledge and experience necessary for handling potentially disclosive personal information;

  • Has provided satisfactory evidence supporting their application that illustrates their professionalism and technical competence to carry out the research proposal;

  • Demonstrates a commitment to protecting and maintaining the confidentiality of the data during the creation of outputs and publications that arise during the proposal.

A research project is deemed suitable when:

The research, in the opinion of the National Statistician, serves one of the following public benefits :

  • Supporting the formulation and development of public policy or public service delivery.

  • Forms part of the programme of research covered by the National Data Strategy or otherwise supported directly or indirectly by the Economic and Social Research Council.

  • Supports an obligation of public law (e.g. Local Development Plans)

  • Explores new statistical methods that can be used to produce statistics that serve the public good

Applying for Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) data?

Please complete an AR form for each researcher who wants to access the raw data and a single customer request form to describe the project

These should be forwarded to the HSCIC at enquiries@hscic.gov.uk

Applying to be accredited as an Approved Researcher to enable access to sensitive data from ONS?

Please complete an AR form for each researcher who wants to access data and a single customer request form to describe the project

These should be forwarded to the relevant business area in ONS. If you are not sure who this is or require any further advice then please contact  access2data@ons.gsi.gov.uk

Virtual Microdata Laboratory (VML)

The VML is ONS's mechanism for providing access to sensitive microdata for statitical research purposes that serve the public good.  Access is provided for Approved Researchers working on defined and approved projects to a range of data including business surveys, social surveys, Census samples, and some administrative data.  For further information on the data available and the process to apply for access, please contact:

MAUS@ONS.GSI.GOV.UK

or phone 01329 447871.

Secure Access at the UK Data Service or Special Licence datasets

UK Data Service

Special licence datasets held at the UK Data Service

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