Where did the role for the Confidentiality Advisory Group (CAG) to advise NHS Digital come from?
Schedule 7 of the Care Act 2014 gave the HRA the responsibility to appoint a committee to advise NHS Digital (formally known as the Health & Social Care Information Centre) on issues relating to how it disseminates identifiable information, or information that may become identifiable. As part of this process, NHS Digital must have regard to any advice given to it by the CAG.
The CAG will not consider individual cases but will consider issues arising from NHS Digital’s dissemination of information that arise from the Independent Group Advising on the Release of Data (IGARD). The process is developing and ongoing. The interim process currently in operation can be found here.
advice provided by the CAG can be found below: