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Data Access Advisory Group (DAAG)

The Data Access Advisory Group (DAAG) is an independent group, hosted by NHS Digital, which considers applications for sensitive data made to the HSCIC's Data Access Request Service. The Independent Group Advising on the Release of Data (IGARD) will succeed the Data Access Advisory Group (DAAG).

DAAG/IGARD

DAAG is undergoing a period of transformation. The NHS Digital Board is in the process of establishing an independent group to advise on data sharing and to ensure there is a systematic and coherent approach to the scrutiny of requests for data releases.

IGARD will succeed DAAG. IGARD will have an independent chair and membership and an expanded remit to enable improvements in decision making in the respect of data releases.

NHS Digital is currently recruiting an Independent Chair, along with specialist and lay members to join IGARD. Click here for more information.


DAAG/IGARD consultation

A consultation on the draft terms of reference for IGARD ran from 16 June to 31 August 2015. Forty-three organisations and individuals responded and the replies have demonstrated the scope of the challenge facing NHS Digital - to strike a balance between corporate and information governance and to make data available for legitimate purposes to the wider health and care community.

For more information please follow the links below:

The monitoring and approvals functions proposed for IGARD are additional to those required by law but considered by NHS Digital to be necessary.


DAAG helps to ensure that the use of patient data for research purposes and for improving patient care is done in a controlled environment where any risk of disclosure is minimised.

DAAG is made up of a panel of members including:

  • Dr Joanne Bailey: Interim Chair (Chair of the former General Practice Extraction Service Independent Advisory Group)
  • Dr Peter Short: Deputy Caldicott Guardian, NHS Digital
  • Dawn Foster: Head of Information Governance, NHS Digital 
  • Professor John Craven: Independent member (former Vice-Chancellor, University of Portsmouth)
  • Dr Eve Sariyiannidou: Independent member (member of the former General Practice Extraction Service Independent Advisory Group)
  • Dr James Wilson: Independent member (member of the former General Practice Extraction Service Independent Advisory Group)

View information about how to get DAAG approval.

If you would like to apply for sensitive data fields within NHS Digital data sets please email us at enquiries@nhsdigital.nhs.uk


Forthcoming meeting dates

The minutes from each DAAG meeting are published within a week after the following DAAG meeting.  

  • 30 August 2016
  • 6 September 2016
  • 13 September 2016
  • 20 September 2016
  • 27 September 2016

Recent meeting dates and papers

16 August 2016

Minutes will be published following the 30 August meeting

9 August 2016

pdf icon DAAG Minutes 09 August 2016 [110kb]

2 August 2016

pdf icon DAAG Minutes 02 August 2016 [198kb]

28 July 2016

pdf icon DAAG Minutes 28 July 2016 [269kb]

26 July 2016

pdf icon DAAG Minutes 26 July 2016 [179kb]

19 July 2016

pdf icon DAAG Minutes 19 July 2016 [255kb]

12 July 2016

pdf icon DAAG Minutes 12 July 2016 [187kb]

5 July 2016

pdf icon DAAG Minutes 05 July 2016 [167kb]

28 June 2016

pdf icon DAAG Minutes 28 June 2016 [209kb]

21 June 2016

pdf icon DAAG Minutes 21 June 2016 [147kb]

14 June 2016

pdf icon DAAG Minutes 14 June 2016 [166kb]

7 June 2016

pdf icon DAAG Minutes 07 June 2016 [151kb]

31 May 2016

pdf icon DAAG Minutes 31 May 2016 [265kb]

24 May 2016

pdf icon DAAG Minutes 24 May 2016 [172kb]

17 May 2016

pdf icon DAAG Minutes 17 May 2016 [243kb]

10 May 2016

pdf icon DAAG Minutes 10 May 2016 [120kb]

3 May 2016

pdf icon DAAG Minutes 03 May 2016 [132kb]

26 April 2016

pdf icon DAAG Minutes 26 April 2016 [140kb]

19 April 2016

pdf icon DAAG Minutes 19 April 2016 [234kb]

12 April 2016

pdf icon DAAG Minutes 12 April 2016 [118kb]

5 April 2016

pdf icon DAAG Minutes 05 April 2016 [256kb]

22 March 2016

pdf icon DAAG Minutes 22 March 2016 [163kb]

15 March 2016

pdf icon DAAG Minutes 15 March 2016 [181kb]

1 March 2016

pdf icon DAAG Minutes 01 March 2016 [232kb]

23 February 2016

pdf icon DAAG Minutes 23 February 2016 [210kb]

16 February 2016

pdf icon DAAG Minutes 16 February 2016 [237kb]

9 February 2016

pdf icon DAAG Minutes 09 February 2016 [243kb]

2 February 2016

pdf icon DAAG Minutes 02 February 2016 [131kb]

26 January 2016

pdf icon DAAG Minutes 26 January 2016 [173kb]

19 January 2016

pdf icon DAAG Minutes 19 January 2016 [158kb]

12 January 2016

pdf icon DAAG Minutes 12 January 2016 [239kb]

5 January 2016

pdf icon DAAG Minutes 05 January 2016 [139kb]

For older meeting papers visit the DAAG archive.

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