Access to the Secure Lab

Information about how registered users can apply for access to Controlled data via the UK Data Service Secure Lab is available below.

Access to the Secure Lab is available to researchers who can fulfil the access requirements for the data required:

  • For ONS data: researchers must be an ONS Accredited Researcher, and the forms required to apply for this status will be made available during the application process. Further details are available from: ONS Approved Researcher Scheme
  • For non-government data: researchers must be based at a UK academic institution or an ESRC-funded research centre, and be an ESRC Accredited Researcher. PhD and research students can request access but will need to apply jointly with their supervisors.

For further information and details about our security philosophy and software available, see Secure Lab: How it works and our 5 Safes animation explaining the process.

Applying for access

Access to our Office for National Statistics datasets is restricted to ONS Accredited Researchers under the Statistics and Registration Services Act of 2007.

Access to our non-government data is restricted to ESRC Accredited Researchers.

To apply for access to Controlled data via the Secure Lab:

  1. you need to be registered with the UK Data Service. See our Registration pages for details
  2. add the required dataset(s) to a registered usage, or create a new usage, via your UK Data Service account
  3. within the registered usage, click the 'Request permission' link for each dataset(s) required and orders will be submitted
  4. click the 'Accept special condition' link and information about how to request access to the dataset will be displayed. This includes links to the forms that need to be completed
  5. click 'I accept' to continue, and an email will be sent to you containing the information that was displayed on the screen
  6. follow the links to the forms which must be downloaded and completed as necessary. Note: the information you will need to provide will depend on the data you are requesting access to, but all users must be able to supply a static routable IP address
  7. supply a User Agreement which must be signed by you and your organisation before access can be given to the Secure Lab
  8. return the completed forms to and your request will be processed.

Please note that the application process can take some time - from a few weeks to two months, before access is granted.

If your project has additional researchers please refer to Team projects for information on how to add researchers to your project.

Complete user agreement
Attend training course
Team projects

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