A key pillar of the COVID-19 data governance framework is the Data Access Committee (DAC) that guides policy and makes decisions on access to data hosted on the platform. The DAC is an independent committee that supports the development, implementation and evolution of the COVID-19 Data Platform Data Access Guidelines.

Role of the DAC

The DAC considers applications to access data hosted on the COVID-19 data platform, decides if they are in line with the Data Access Guidelines and the Conflict of Interest Policy, and responds accordingly to applicants. The DAC will additionally identify and respond to emerging issues in data access.

The DAC is chaired by TDR  (the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases), that serves as an independent observer to the committee.