Published October 2, 2023 | Version v1
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Beyond 1 Million Genomes (B1MG) D1.7 B1MG recommendation on citizens engagement and public trust in genomic data sharing

  • 1. Amsterdam UMC
  • 2. ELIXIR Hub


The '1+ Million Genomes' (1+MG) initiative, coordinated by the Beyond 1 Million Genomes (B1MG) project, aims to enable secure access to genomic and corresponding clinical data across Europe for research, personalised healthcare, and policy making. It is a joint initiative of 24 EU countries, the UK, and Norway. Citizen engagement and public trust have been raised as critical components in the B1MG stakeholder forum meetings and country visits. To discuss these components, an online expert workshop was facilitated on January 18 2023.

14 Participants were invited to give a short presentation on their lessons learned regarding citizen engagement. They were selected for their expertise in bioethics, ELSI, governance, human genetics, patient representation, citizen engagement. After discussion they formulated recommendations to participating 1+MG countries.

Lessons learned from various engagement activities were shared under three subthemes: “When an ELSI framework is in place, what is the (additional) role of citizen engagement in fostering data sharing and public trust?”; “How does citizen engagement relate to (interests of) other stakeholders?”; “When and how to engage and at what level?”. Recommendations stress the need for dedicated resources; acknowledging different views and interests; the need for capacity building to enable engagement; and creating meaningful participation via selected tools through early engagement with a careful choice of engagement strategy; having good and transparent governance for enabling trustworthiness to contribute to accountability; and the need to find ways to connect the relational trust established at the national level to the EU level.

Citizen engagement needs sustained resources and attention across projects and national and EU initiatives. Trust depends on citizens and patients, so a trustworthy data sharing infrastructure needs transparent governance to consider and incorporate citizen views.


202306 B1MG D1.7 - B1MG recommendation on citizens engagement and public trust in genomic data sharing (2).pdf

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B1MG – Beyond 1M Genomes 951724
European Commission