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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. icon Find out more about our members [84.17KB] .

Meeting dates

The next meeting dates are:

  • 5 April 2018
  • 12 April 2018
  • 19 April 2018
  • 26 April 2018
  • 3 May 2018
  • 10 May 2018
  • 17 May 2018
  • 24 May 2018

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

15 March 2018 - minutes will be published following the 22 March 2018 meeting.
icon 8 March 2018 [111.3KB]
icon 1 March 2018 [107.03KB]
icon 22 February 2018 [105.53KB]
icon 15 February 2018 [114.52KB]     
icon 8 February 2018 [94.76KB]     
icon 1 February 2018 [90.37KB]     
icon 25 January 2018 [135.75KB]
icon 18 January 2018 [74.15KB]
icon 11 January 2018 [110.66KB]
icon 21 December 2017 [165.64KB]     
icon 14 December 2017 [94.89KB]
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icon 16 November 2017 [59.18KB]     
icon 9 November 2017 [76.43KB]  
icon 2 November 2017 [223.14KB]  
icon 19 October 2017 [55.9KB]      
icon 12 October 2017 [35.28KB]     
icon 5 October 2017 [63.26KB]
icon 28 September 2017 [72.61KB]
icon 21 September 2017 [83.55KB]
icon 14 September 2017 [68.85KB]

Standard operating procedures and related documents

icon IGARD declarations of interests February 2018 [93.51KB]
icon IG Advisor to IGARD [49.67KB]
icon IGARD glossary v1.1 Feb 2018 [74.39KB]
icon IGARD Chair statement of requirements [61.64KB]
icon IGARD member - lay member [92.01KB]
icon IGARD member - specialist member [93.14KB]

icon IGARD terms of reference v1.7 [81.64KB]
Data Access Request Service (DARS)
icon DAAG closure report 2017 [295.84KB]
icon Annex B to DAAG closure report - YSWD [348.18KB]
icon IGARD criteria for assessing applications - EU Funded Projects [492.02KB]

If you have an enquiry, please contact the IGARD Secretariat at

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