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Electronic Reporting

What is the Online Statistical Collection Application (OSCA)?
OSCA is a web based application that allows users to manually key in data or upload XML files containing statistical data. Reporters are able to download Excel templates that can be saved as XML data files for uploading. The form is then validated on OSCA before being submitted to the Bank. OSCA also has Web Services which allow reporters’ own internal applications to interact with it.
User Documentation
The quick start guide summarises the key functions of the OSCA application. It shows how to create form returns by uploading a file or inputting the data on the Online Editor, validate the return and submit it to the Bank of England. It also explains the reporting schedule found on the OSCA homepage. If you have any queries please contact OSCA queries. 
The tutorials below show each of the key areas in more detail. These use screenshots of the application to take users through each function, explaining the options available at each stage.
OSCA Specification
The OSCA specification covers what is needed to get started using OSCA and also details various processes such as testing, user management and how changes to forms are released. Common errors are also detailed.

Download PDF Version File last updated 31/03/2017
Software houses recognised by the Bank of England
Certain software houses have tested their electronic transmissions with the Bank of England and are recognised as being able to transmit data in the required format. It remains the responsibility of each reporting institution to ensure that the data are correct. There are currently seven software houses that are recognised as providing appropriate electronic reporting facilities. These are shown below, together with links to their websites and contact information.