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How to access : Overview

The Integrated Data Service (IDS) is designed for government analysts, devolved administrations and external accredited researchers.

You must be an accredited researcher to access data in the IDS, as stated by the Digital Economy Act (DEA) 2017.

This section is a step-by-step guide to help you to:

  • understand what accreditation means and what you will need
  • apply for individual accreditation
  • apply for project accreditation
  • sign in to the IDS Hub to access your workspace

Currently, we estimate that the:

  • researcher accreditation process may take three to five weeks
  • IDS internal review and data owner approval process of the formal project accreditation application may take two to ten weeks
  • UK Statistics Authority accreditation decision stage takes two to nine working days

If you need help with any of the steps, email (opens in a new tab)