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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:

  • 12 December
  • 19 December
  • 16th January
  • 23rd January
  • 30th January
  • 6th February
  • 13th February

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.

December 2019

5th December- Minutes will be published following the 12th December 2019 meeting.

November 2019

28th November
21st November
14 November
7th November

October 2019

31st October
17th October
10th October
3rd October

September 2019

26th September
19th September
12th September

August 2019
29th August
15th August
8th August
1st August
 

July 2019
25th July
18th July
11th July
4th July

June 2019

27th June 2019

20 June 2019

13th June 2019

May 2019

30th May 2019

23rd May 2019

16th May 2019

9th May 2019

2nd May 2019

April 2019

25th April 2019

11th April 2019

4th April 2019

March 2019

28th March 2019

21st March 2019

14th March 2019

7th March 2019


February 2019

28th February 2019

21th February 2019

14th February 2019

7th February 2019  

January 2019

31st January 2019

24th January 2019

17th 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

 

 
Documents 

IGARD member role profiles

IGARD declaration of interests October 2019

IG Advisor to IGARD

IGARD glossary v1.3 Oct 2018

IGARD terms of reference 2.0

The History of IGARD

IGARD Members Skills and Expertise

IGARD out of committee SOP v0.5
IGARD In-Meeting Makeup, Meeting Content & Recommendation Type SOP v0.7
IGARD Appeals, Compliments and Service Improvement Procedure v2.5

DAAG closure report 2017

Annex B to DAAG closure report - You Said We Did

IGARD criteria for assessing applications - EU Funded Projects

Related pages

Data access request service (DARS)