Professor Chalmers recently reported that in March The International Cancer Genome Consortium (ICGC) celebrated an important milestone, having provided it’s 1000th authorised user with access to the resource. The ICGC provides access for authorised researchers to over 2,400 genomes for cancer research. The datasets are freely available to the scientific community and facilitate cancer research aimed at better diagnosis and treatment. Donors are protected by, and those wishing to access the resource are subject to robust ethical frameworks and protections which in turn ensure that best practice procedures and practices are in place. The consortium is also focussed on providing high quality, and consistent data to support research and the follow on outputs. Professor Chalmers is chair of the ICGC International Data Access Committee (IDAC) that oversees the Data Access Compliance Office (DACO).