Contact Tracing: Computer Software

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 10th June 2020.

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Photo of Lord Strasburger Lord Strasburger Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether NHS England will require confirmation of any agreements that their academic partners might have entered into with corporate sponsors such that any resultant intellectual property rights generated from the NHSX contact tracing app would rest with the corporate sponsor rather than the applicant or their host institution.

Photo of Lord Bethell Lord Bethell The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

NHSX requires all academic partners working on the National Health Service COVID-19 app to complete a conflict of interest declaration as part of the onboarding process. The Nuffield Department of Medicine at the University of Oxford has worked with NHSX in an advisory capacity during the crisis and has confirmed that no IP rests with corporate sponsors from the app programme.

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