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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 launched

The HSCIC Board is to establish 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). 

We are now inviting feedback on the pdf icon draft Terms of Reference for IGARD [119kb].

IGARD will have an independent chair and membership and an expanded remit to enable improvements in decision making in the respect of data releases.

The monitoring and approvals functions proposed for IGARD are in addition 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 Alan Hassey (Interim chair): HSCIC Information Governance Clinical Lead, Senior Clinical Advisor GPSoC, Member of RCGP Health Informatics Group. 
  • Dawn Foster: Head of Information Governance, HSCIC
  • Sean Kirwan: DH Policy Unit (previous DMsG advisor).
  • Dr Patrick Coyle: Independent representative (previous DMsG chair and member of the HRA Confidentiality Advisory Group).
  • Professor John Craven: Independent representative (former Vice-Chancellor, University of Portsmouth)
  • Dr Joanne Bailey: independent representative (Chair of the General Practice Extraction Service Independent Advisory Group)
  • Dr Eve Sariyiannidou: Independent representative (member of 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 at:enquiries@hscic.gov.uk.


Forthcoming meeting dates

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

  • 7 July 2015
  • 14 July 2015
  • 21 July 2015
  • 28 July 2015

Recent meeting dates and papers

8 January 2015

pdf icon DAAG Minutes 08 January 2015 [102kb]

13 January 2015

pdf icon DAAG Minutes 13 January 2015 [138kb]

20 January 2015

pdf icon DAAG Minutes 20 January 2015 [125kb]

27 January 2015

pdf icon DAAG Minutes 27 January 2015 [134kb]

3 February 2015 

pdf icon DAAG Minutes 03 February 2015 [167kb]

10 February 2015

pdf icon DAAG Minutes 10 February 2015 [111kb]

17 February 2015

pdf icon DAAG Minutes 17 February 2015 [128kb]

24 February 2015

pdf icon DAAG Minutes 24 February 2015 [136kb]

3 March 2015

pdf icon DAAG Minutes 03 March 2015 [139kb]

10 March 2015

pdf icon DAAG Minutes 10 March 2015 [161kb]

17 March 2015

pdf icon DAAG Minutes 17 March 2015 [150kb]

25 March 2015

pdf icon DAAG Minutes 25 March 2015 [141kb]

31 March 2015

pdf icon DAAG Minutes 31 March 2015 [157kb]

7 April 2015

pdf icon DAAG Minutes 07 April 2015 [160kb]

13 April 2015

pdf icon DAAG Minutes 13 April 2015 [142kb]

21 April 2015

pdf icon DAAG Minutes 21 April 2015 [134kb]

28 April 2015

pdf icon DAAG Minutes 28 April 2015 [126kb]

5 May 2015

pdf icon DAAG Minutes 05 May 2015 [132kb]

12 May 2015

pdf icon DAAG Minutes 12 May 2015 [130kb]

19 May 2015

pdf icon DAAG Minutes 19 May 2015 [125kb]

27 May 2015

pdf icon DAAG Minutes 27 May 2015 [139kb]

2 June 2015

pdf icon DAAG Minutes 02 June 2015 [148kb]

9 June 2015

pdf icon DAAG Minutes 09 June 2015 [121kb]

16 June 2015

pdf icon DAAG Minutes 16 June 2015 [135kb]

30 June 2014

  Minutes will be published following the 7 July meeting.

For older meeting papers visit the DAAG archive.

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