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IGARD Formally Launches

Independent Group Advising on the Release of Data (IGARD) has formally launched with expert team members and an enhanced transparency remit. It is a new independent review group that reviews applications for sensitive NHS Digital data.

The new group considers applications through the Data Access Request Service (DARS) as a replacement for the Data Access Advisory Group (DAAG).

The main aims of the IGARD are:

  • To improve transparency, quality, accountability and consistency through robust.
  • Provide a voice for stakeholders and members of the public
  • Independent scrutiny of NHS Digital data disseminations

The independent chair of IGARD, Chris Carrigan said the members of a new independent group have an essential role in overseeing and advising NHS Digital on data releases.

He further added that it is a very challenging task to keep balance between using data for the right reasons and protecting those to whom the data relates.

The chief Operating Officer of NHS Digital, Rob Shaw welcome the independent chair of IGARD and other new members and look forward to working with them.

He said the IGARD will modernise current processes and safeguard that the data collection, processing and sharing continues to be individually inspected by a balanced group of lay and expert members.

The new independent review group supports enhanced transparency, accountability and consistency, which is extremely important within NHS Digital broader remit as trusted custodians of patient information.

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