Data Stewardship Committee

In recognition of the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the value of research in improving health care outcomes, the DSC will prioritize consideration of requests for PharmaNet data access for research related to declared Public Health Emergencies.

The Data Stewardship Committee is established under the E-Health (Personal Health Information Access and Protection of Privacy) Act. The committee members are appointed by the Minister of Health, and are responsible for managing the disclosure of information contained in a health information bank or a prescribed Ministry of Health database. The Pharmaceutical Services Act also mandates that the disclosure of PharmaNet data for research purposes is adjudicated by the Data Stewardship Committee.

Anyone seeking data contained in PharmaNet, a health information bank or a prescribed ministry database for research purposes must submit a request to the Data Stewardship Committee via email. Population Data BC provides support for academic researchers requesting access to PharmaNet or a health information bank. If the committee approves the request, the health information bank or the prescribed database administrator may disclose the requested information, subject to any conditions set by the committee or administrator.

The Data Stewardship Committee also provides oversight on behalf of the Ministry of Health in endorsing academic research requests to contact, in coordination with the approval process of the Office of the Information & Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia.

DSC Data Access

Annual Reports

Per the E-Health Act, the Data Stewardship Committee must at least once each year, report to the minister respecting:

Health Information Banks 

The following health information banks have been established by the minister in accordance with the E-Health ActThe Provincial Laboratory Information Solution Repository is not currently available for data access requests.