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Data Access Advisory Group (DAAG)

The Data Access Advisory Group (DAAG) is an independent group, hosted by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), which considers applications for sensitive data made to the HSCIC's Data Access Request Service.

DAAG/IGARD consultation

DAAG is undergoing a period of transformation. The HSCIC 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.

The Independent Group Advising on the Release of Data (IGARD) will succeed the Data Access Advisory Group (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.

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 HSCIC - 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 HSCIC 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 Alan Hassey: HSCIC Information Governance Clinical Lead, Member of RCGP Health Informatics Group & National Data Guardian Panel member 
  • Dawn Foster: Head of Information Governance, HSCIC
  • 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 Health and Social Care Information Centre data sets please email us

Forthcoming meeting dates

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

  • 2 February 2016
  • 9 February 2016
  • 16 February 2016
  • 23 February 2016

Recent meeting dates and papers

26 January 2016

Minutes will be published following the 2 February meeting.

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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