Missions and expertise

France Cohortes will first open its services to cohorts according to a timetable defined in its 4-year roadmap, then will gradually offer them to new cohorts, based on scientific and institutional eligibility endpoints currently being defined.

The France Cohortes initiative will be structured around the following complete service offering:

Support functions for data cleaning and analysis

France Cohortes will offer support functions ranging from data collection - development and administration of computerized questionnaires, integration of data from clinical examinations and measuring devices - to the structuring, cleaning, and statistical analysis of such data.

A powerful, secure hosting solution

Hosting will be done within the framework on data protection and the security repository of the national health data system (SNDS), through an efficient, secure certified “health data hosting” (HDS) infrastructure to guarantee the security and traceability of processing, to make it impossible to disseminate data, and to document GDPR compliance in a systematic, centralized manner.

Regulatory support from conception to end of cohort follow-up

The service offering will include support for obtaining regulatory authorizations from the French Data Protection Authority (CNIL), the Ethical Research Committees (CPP), the Ethics and Scientific Committee for Research, studies and assessments in the field of health (CESRESS) etc., and support for the development of data sharing plans, the development of industrial partnerships via Inserm Transfert, etc.

Support for creating data that is easy to find, accessible, interoperable and reusable (FAIR)

France Cohortes aims to adopt best practices in accordance with the FAIR principles to promote the visibility, quality, and reuse of data. This approach will be included from the design of the projects and throughout the life cycle of the data. Such support takes the form of training proposals and appropriate tools.