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Independent Group Advising on the Release of Data

The Independent Group Advising on the Release of Data (IGARD) considers all requests for dissemination of confidential information, as defined in Section 263 of the Health & Social Care Act, through the Data Access Request Service (DARS).

We aim to improve transparency, accountability, quality and consistency through robust, independent scrutiny of NHS Digital data distributions, as well as providing a voice for stakeholders and the public.

IGARD also makes general recommendations or observations to NHS Digital about their processes, policies and procedures, including transparency measures such as registers.

Building confidence through information governance

NHS Digital takes the importance of information governance very seriously. Controls and procedures are in place to make sure we demonstrate the highest standard of stewardship and governance of the information we handle. NHS Digital makes sure that our processes are appropriate for governing the receipt, processing and publication of data that does not compromise confidentiality and maximises the use of information. 

IGARD independently assesses applications for data. This ensures that the use of patient data within research, academia, the public and private sector is done in controlled environments, where any risks of disclosure are minimised.

Find out more about the IGARD review process.

IGARD membership

IGARD is made up of a panel of independent specialist and lay members. Find out more about our members.

Meeting dates

The next meeting dates are:

  • 6 August
  • 13 August
  • 20 August
  • 27 August

 

Meeting minutes

The minutes from each IGARD meeting are published within a week of the following IGARD meeting. We publish a rolling 6 months of meeting minutes. If you have any questions, or if you need minutes from older IGARD or DAAG meetings, please email the IGARD Secretariat at IGARD@nhs.net.

July 2020

30 July minutes will be published following the 6 August meeting.

23 July - including the COVID-19 Response Meeting minutes from the 21st July 2020

16 July - including the COVID-19 Response Meeting minutes from the 14th July 2020

9 July- including the COVID-19 Response Meeting minutes from the 7th July 2020

2 July - including the COVID-19 Response Meeting minutes from the 30th June 2020

June 2020

25 June - including the COVID-19 Response Meeting minutes from the 23rd June 2020

18 June - including the COVID-19 Response Meeting minutes from the 16th June 2020

11 June - including the COVID-19 Response Meeting minutes from the 2nd June and 9th June 2020

May 2020

28 May - including the COVID-19 Response Meeting minutes from the 26th May 2020

21 May - including the COVID-19 Response Meeting minutes from the 12 May and 19 May 2020

7 May - including the COVID-19 Response Meeting minutes from the 5 May 2020

April 2020 

30 April - including the COVID-19 Response Meeting minutes from the 28 April 2020

23 April - including the COVID-19 Response Meeting minutes from the 21 April 2020

9 April

2 April

March 2020

26 March

19 March

12 March

5 March

February 2020

27 February

13 February

6 February

January 2020

30 January

23 January

16 January

December 2019

19 December

12 December

5 December

November 2019

28 November
21 November
14 November
7 November

October 2019

31 October
17 October
10 October
3 October

September 2019

26 September
19 September
12 September

August 2019

29 August
15 August
8 August
1 August

July 2019

25 July
18 July
11 July
4 July

June 2019

27 June 2019

20 June 2019

13 June 2019

May 2019

30 May 2019

23 May 2019

16 May 2019

9 May 2019

2 May 2019

April 2019

25 April 2019

11 April 2019

4 April 2019

March 2019

28 March 2019

21 March 2019

14 March 2019

7 March 2019


February 2019

28 February 2019

21 February 2019

14 February 2019

7 February 2019  

January 2019

31 January 2019

24 January 2019

17 January 2019

10 January 2019

December 2018

20 December 2018

13 December 2018

6 December 2018

November 2018

29 November 2018

22 November 2018

15 November 2018

8th November 2018

1 November 2018

October 2018

18 October 2018

11 October 2018

4 October 2018

September 2018

20 September 2018

13 September 2018

6 September 2018

August 2018

30 August 2018

23 August 2018

9 August 2018

2 August 2018

July 2018

26 July 2018

12 July 2018

5 July 2018

June 2018
28 June 2018
21 June 2018
14 June 2018
7 June 2018

May 2018
24 May 2018
17 May 2018
10 May 2018
3 May 2018

April 2018
26 April 2018

19 April 2018 
12 April 2018

5 April 2018 

March 2018
22 March 2018 
15 March 2018
8 March 2018
1 March 2018

February 2018
22 February 2018
15 February 2018    
8 February 2018    
1 February 2018    

January 2018

25 January 2018
18 January 2018
11 January 2018

December 2017
21 December 2017    
14 December 2017
7 December 2017    

November 2017
16 November 2017    
9 November 2017 
2 November 2017 

October 2017
19 October 2017     
12 October 2017    
5 October 2017

September 2017
28 September 2017
21 September 2017
14 September 2017

Standard operating procedures and related documents

Further information

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    Data Access Request Service (DARS)

    The Data Access Request Service (DARS) can offer clinicians, researchers and commissioners the data required to help improve NHS services. We handle applications, process data and provide access to specific sets of data when requests are approved.

Last edited: 31 July 2020 4:00 pm