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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:

  • 22 October 
  • 29 October 
  • 5 November 
  • 12 November
  • 19 November 
  • 26 November 
  • 3 December 
  • 10 December 
  • 17 December 

 

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.

October 2020

15th October minutes will be published as soon as possible.

8 October - including the COVID-19 Response Meeting minutes from the 6th October 2020

1 October - including the COVID-19 Response Meeting minutes from the 29th September 2020

September 2020

24 September - including the COVID-19 Response Meeting minutes from the 22nd September 2020

17 September - including the COVID-19 Response Meeting minutes from the 8th September and 15th September 2020

3 September - including the COVID-19 Response Meeting minutes from the 1st September 2020

August 2020

27 August - including the COVID-19 Response Meeting minutes from the 25th August 2020

20 August - including the COVID-19 Response Meeting minutes from the 18th August 2020

13 August - including the COVID-19 Response Meeting minutes from the 11th August 2020

6 August - including the COVID-19 Response Meeting minutes from the 4th August 2020

July 2020

30 July - including the COVID-19 Response Meeting minutes from the 28th July 2020
23 July - including the COVID-19 Response Meeting minutes from 21 July 2020
16 July - including the COVID-19 Response Meeting minutes from 14 July 2020
9 July- including the COVID-19 Response Meeting minutes from 7 July 2020
2 July - including the COVID-19 Response Meeting minutes from 30 June 2020

June 2020

25 June - including the COVID-19 Response Meeting minutes from 23 June 2020
18 June - including the COVID-19 Response Meeting minutes from 16 June 2020
11 June - including the COVID-19 Response Meeting minutes from 2 June and 9 June 2020

May 2020

28 May - including the COVID-19 Response Meeting minutes from 26 May 2020
21 May - including the COVID-19 Response Meeting minutes from 12 May and 19 May 2020
7 May - including the COVID-19 Response Meeting minutes from 5 May 2020

April 2020 

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

September 2017 to January 2020 minutes can be found on our archive page.

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: 16 October 2020 2:18 pm