Apply for an OSCAR sole charge exemption

Find out how to apply for an OSCAR sole charge exemption


A sole charge exemption can be applied for at the same time as initial OSCAR accreditation. The relevant application forms should be completed and submitted together.

Step 1: Fill in application form and gather documents

Fill out the application form for the level of accreditation you're applying for.

Carefully fill out the application and provide as much information as you can. There are explanations to help with your responses. You will see which documents to include with your application.

The application form is an editable PDF document. You can type into the form fields, select checkboxes and save the edited document.

Handwritten forms

If you print and fill out an application form by hand, it must be hand-signed. Handwritten forms should be scanned and emailed. Ensure you include any additional information if there isn’t space to fill everything in.

Step 2: Email application form and documents

Email your completed application form and supporting documents to:

You can also email us if you have any questions about the application process.


We cannot accept cloud links (eg, Dropbox, Onedrive, Googledrive etc). The best way to send us documents is to attach your files to an email in a Zip file. Please note that there is a 19Mb file size limit. An application can be sent in multiple emails. Note: we cannot open multi-zip or split-zip files.

Step 3: We will check your application is complete

We will check that:

  • your organisation meets the criteria to apply
  • the application form has been filled in correctly
  • supporting documents have been attached.

Our team will email you within 10 working days with a response. We will let you know if we need more information from you.

If we receive a complete application, we will confirm this with you. If you do not meet the criteria for a sole charge exemption, we will let you know.

If you submit your application without all required documentation, we will inform you that it is incomplete. You will have 20 working days to submit any outstanding documentation before the application is declined.

Step 4: We will assign an accreditation assessor

We will assign an assessor to review your application.

The assessor will be in touch to let you know they have been assigned to review your application. They can answer any questions you have about your application and the process.

Step 5: Assessor does a desk-based assessment

An accreditation assessor will review the information and documents you've provided. They will check to see if you meet the requirements for a sole charge exemption and also consider any findings from previous accreditation reviews.

Once your application has been reviewed, we will contact you to confirm the next steps and if a site visit is required.

Step 6: Application outcome

The assessor will send a letter confirming the outcome of your application. You will get this within 30 days of your application being received. If a site visit is required, you will get this within 30 days of the visit.

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