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All relevant documents related to the Data Access Request procedure can be found at the bottom of this page.

Data usage for scientific research

For researchers who apply for data for scientific research which will contribute to the amelioration of treatments for cancer patients, the data will be made available, if the applications meets certain criteria. The scientific research has to serve the public interest and the requested data has to be necessary for the underlying research project.

An example of the data which you would like to request can be downloaded in the Data-Access-Requests folder at our resource page.

Data Access Request procedure

  1. Send an email to info@hartwigmedicalfoundation.nl including the name, surname and email address of the main applicant. We will contact you within a week with information how to start the Data Access Request procedure in our digital request environment.
  2. During the Data Access Request procedure, you will need to create a Google Cloud Platform account with the institutional email address of the download contact and enable multi-factor authentication.
  3. Within six weeks after submitting the complete signed digital data request form, the Scientific Board and an independent Data Access Board will assess the Data Access Request.
  4. If the Data Access Request is approved, the researcher, the Licensee and a representative of Hartwig Medical Foundation will sign a License Agreement EEA countries or License Agreement Non-EEA countries, about the rights and obligations regarding the data usage.
  5. After the License Agreement has been signed, Hartwig Medical Foundation will make the licensed data available through Google Cloud Platform.

If you wish to know more about the request for data, please see the Guiding Principles and Rules of Procedure at the bottom of this page. If you have any questions, please visit our FAQ or the general instructions on filling in the Data Access Request Form.

New User procedure

  1. As also stipulated in article 4.5 of the License Agreement, the requesting institution (the Licensee) must make a request for adding new users as ‘download contact’ for your data access request. These users must be persons working on the project within the institution whose Data Access Request has been approved.
  2. We would like to receive an email from the person who has signed the License Agreement on behalf of the institution (not the researcher) with a formal request including the number of the Data Access Request and the name, function and email address of the new user.
  3. You will receive a confirmation of receival.
  4. We will add the new ‘download contact’ to the data that is made available through Google Cloud Platform. Before we can do this, a valid GCP account needs to be enabled on this email address.

Handling data with care

Hartwig Medical Foundation applies core values on which its choices are based. For the usage of data provided by patients and institutions, these core values have been translated into basic Guiding Principles in four different fields (social, ethical, legal and contractual). Needless to say, Hartwig Medical Foundation applies a strict Privacy Policy for the usage of personal data.

European privacy legislation

In view of the European privacy legislation (i.e. the General Data Protection Regulation; “GDPR”), specific arrangements are made when the data are provided to a researcher in a country outside the European Economic Area, such as the standard contractual clauses for international transfers of personal data, as approved by the European Commission (the “EU Model Clauses”).

This means that:

  • for Licencees from EEA countries the Hartwig Medical Foundation (generally) has the License Agreement EEA countries;
  • for Licencees from non-EEA countries the Hartwig Medical Foundation has a License Agreement Non EEA countries, including Annex III (EU Model Clauses).

Request for extension

A Licensee may also request for an extension of the term for the duration of which the Licencee may use the Licensed Data. When the term almost ends, our digital request environment will send a reminder to the Licensee. Through a new digital form in the digital request environment an extension can be requested. On request this may be inclusive of a one-time update of the Licensed Data. This request will again be assessed in accordance with the Rules of Procedure and the Guiding Principles.

If the extension is granted the Licensee will receive a notification from our digital request environment.

Note: for DR-001 until DR-134 we do not use above procedure, you can download the Data Access Request Renewal form

Rules for publication

Researchers making use of data provided by Hartwig Medical Foundation will have to explicitly acknowledge this in every publication by using at least the text below.

This publication and the underlying research are partly facilitated by Hartwig Medical Foundation and the Center for Personalized Cancer Treatment (CPCT) which have generated, analysed and made available data for this research.

For an exact description read our complete Publication Policy.

Data from patient report

Centers (hospitals) who would like to apply for data concerning their own patient reports, can download the data through Google Cloud Platform. Please contact us for the procedure.

More information on the contents of patient reports, you will find at our website under Patient report – Contents of the report.

If you wish to know which applications for data have been submitted and approved please refer to our list of approved Data Access Requests.