Data sharing

Request of data or human biological material from EORTC trials for academic research

Data sharing

The EORTC Data Sharing policy builds on the central principles of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in its report “Promoting Access to Public Research Data for Scientific, Economic and Social Development”.

Recognizing that access to international data helps produce a better understanding of public health issues and worldwide disease prevention and control the EORTC makes data from its clinical trials available to other academic researchers. Considering that on-going research contributing to the completion of datasets must not be compromised by premature or opportunistic sharing and analysis of data, the EORTC will not release the data of its trial until the primary trial results have been published.

An investigator who wishes to use data from one or more EORTC studies must make a formal request which is reviewed by the EORTC Coordinator for External Research Project. Specifically the scientific merit and feasibility of each request will be evaluated.Requests will only be considered once the primary study analyses have been published. Any release of data will take into consideration individual patients’ rights to privacy.

For further details about the data sharing policy

Human Biological Material (HBM) access

Human biological material (HBM) collected within the framework of EORTC clinical trials is accessible to academic scientists (irrespective of EORTC membership) for the conduct of research projects.

Interested parties may apply by submitting a description of the project(s) to the EORTC headquarters (see link to “Form for Data/HBM request” below). The respective tumor-oriented EORTC group and the Translational Research Advisory Committee (TRAC) prioritize and approve projects based on their feasibility and scientific merit. HBM transfer only occurs when appropriate ethical and/or other regulatory approvals are in place.

The EORTC ensures that access to and use of HBM and any related data are consistent with the participant’s informed consent and respect the privacy of the participant and confidentiality of the HBM and data.

For further details about the collection and use of HBM policy

For further details about TRAC role and missions policy 

Policy for Access to MINDACT Biological Materials and Data – Public Version 8

Request form for access to sample and/or data


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