Bulk data transfer for sponsors: frequently asked questions

Answers to frequently asked questions about bulk data transfers between sponsors' IT systems and the sponsorship management system (SMS).


Bulk data transfer toolkit: frequently asked questions

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This is part of the bulk data transfer toolkit for licensed sponsors that are using the sponsorship management system (SMS).

It contains answers to technical questions about bulk data transfer, a method of sending information directly from a licensed sponsor’s IT system to the SMS.

Published 1 July 2013
Last updated 8 December 2015 + show all updates
  1. Updated document for use on or after 12 November 2015.

  2. Updated frequently asked questions.

  3. Updated guidance.

  4. First published.