Developing the Digital Assistance Scheme (DAS)

The Digital Assistance Scheme (DAS) is designed to support the continued movement of agri-food goods and live animals from Great Britain (GB) to Northern Ireland (NI) in line with the Northern Ireland Protocol.

The Defra scheme aims to provide a simplified end to end digital system which streamlines the certification and verification processes required for moving goods from GB to NI.

New DAS API Portal now live

Following the Digital Assistance Scheme (DAS) API Forum launch events in April 2021, Defra has announced that an API Developer Portal is now live for traders to help support development of the Digital Assistance Scheme. The new portal provides access to EHC Online API for traders and technology specialists to test digital interfaces between Defra and industry systems for the movements of food from Great Britain (GB) to Northern Ireland (NI).

A link that will give you access to the Defra API Developer portal, further details about how you can use it along with details about how Defra will keep you informed as more content is released can be found here.

What’s coming next?

The portal, API endpoints and data payload are in ALPHA and Defra are aiming to go to BETA in July 2021. Shortly after this time, Defra expect to provide functionality for you to register for production credentials. Defra are also holding the next DAS API Forum meeting before the end of May.

If you have any questions, please email das@defra.gov.uk .

    Defra DAS API events - April 2021

    During the previous briefing sessions in March 2021, Defra outlined three ways that they wanted to work with organisations to further develop DAS. The first of these was the development phase for the Export Health Certificate (EHC) Online Application Programming Interface (API) and integration with agri-food trader systems. Traders and technology specialists were offered the opportunity to work with them to develop digital interfaces between Defra and industry systems for the movement of food from GB to NI during two API events on 21 and 28 April 2021. Further information was shared on the API they are introducing for the EHC Online system, which will enable EHCs to be submitted digitally.

    Defra has launched a DAS API Forum which will be the development community for this work.

    To find out more about this work, and the API Forums click here.

    Developing DAS – various workshops held in March 2021

    A number of workshops were held by Defra in March 2021 to enlist the support of traders of all kinds who move agri-foods and live animals from Great Britain to Northern Ireland to participate in workshops to help design, develop and test these systems.

    More details about these workshops at Developing the Digital Assistance Scheme.

    Trader workshop presentation materials are available below;

     

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