Writing/revising your access agreement
Writing your access agreement
Each year, we publish detailed guidance on writing your access agreement. The latest guidance is always available on our Publications page. We also publish frequently asked questions that give further details and guidance on various issues.
The approval process
We consider access agreements against the requirements set out in our guidance. In particular, we look at whether your plans for access measures are satisfactory, the amounts you are investing are appropriate, and your targets and milestones suitably challenging. If there is anything we are unhappy with, we will discuss this with you and, if necessary, give you the opportunity to revise your access agreement before any question of a formal rejection arises. You have the right to take our decision to an independent reviewer.
Revising your access agreement or making retrospective changes
Access agreements are now approved on an annual basis and we would not normally expect you to make in-year changes once the application cycle is under way. In exceptional circumstances, some changes may be possible, for example where you need to clarify your access agreement or where you have spotted an error. In these circumstances, please contact us straight away to discuss.