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Data Access Process

The Data Access Process is described in detail in the Data & Biological Samples Access Policy.


Data Access Diagram for Website

Step 1: Initial consultation:

  • We encourage interested researchers to complete and submit the Preliminary Data and Biological Samples Application Form.
  • We will review the project to determine if we have the information required and develop an initial cost-recovery estimate.
  • We will provide a Letter of Feasibility and a Cost-Recovery Estimate for inclusion in ethics and funding applications.


Step 2: Application Process:


Step 3: Approval & Agreements:

  • The Approved Researcher and a representative from their associated academic institution must sign a Data Access Agreement;
  • Terms of payment for the cost-recovery invoice must be agreed upon with initial payment received; then
  • The de-identified data will be securely transferred to the Approved Researcher.


Step 4: Research:


Step 5: End of Research:

  • Once the data analysis phase has been completed, the Approved Researcher must return derived data to Atlantic PATH, and destroy all copies.


Relevant Forms and Documents:


For more information about this process, please contact Jason Hicks, Executive Director.


Accessing National Data

The harmonized data and biological samples for all participants across Canada is available for researchers through the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project (CPTP) Portal. Details on application process are available online and questions can be directed to

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