Past eventInvitation OnlyResearch Event

Strengthening Data Sharing for Public Health: Optimizing Technical Standards

23 October 2015 - 09:00 to 17:00

Chatham House, London


Chair: Professor David R Harper, Senior Consulting Fellow, Centre on Global Health Security, Chatham House



Successful public health data sharing during the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2003 contributed to preventing the disease from becoming established. Data sharing also facilitated a robust and timely response to the 2009 influenza A (H1N1) pandemic. Conversely, purposeful withholding of public health data is part of the reason why more than two years after the identification of the novel Middle East respiratory (MERS) coronavirus, the source and origin of the virus remain unknown. 

This roundtable meeting will bring together leading global health and technical experts to critically review existing public health data-sharing standards and identify how best practice in this area can be promoted to create a more harmonious global data-sharing system.

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.

The Strengthening Data Sharing for Public Health project was launched in October 2014 with the aim of developing guidance on how to create the right environment for public health data sharing and achieve good practice.