Medical Council of Canada

Data request procedures

Data request procedures

The MCC is frequently approached by external stakeholders with requests for examination information, data for research and examination preparation purposes. As best as possible, the MCC endeavours to fulfill these requests; however, it is important to note that only certain information can be shared. For example, the MCC may be able to share further information explaining the Report to the Dean publications with university representatives; however, examination content is not available to external parties.

To request examination information and/or examination data, a data request form must be submitted to the MCC’s Psychometrics and Assessment Services (PAS) team at research@mcc.ca. Completed data request forms must be accompanied by proof of ethics approval and proof of a completed peer-review process. If the request is approved by the MCC, there will be a cost-recovery fee (minimum of $280) prior to the release of any information. The exact fee will be communicated in advance and payment must be made in full prior to the start of any work required.

When a request is approved, provision of information may be subject to the signing of a confidentiality agreement for obtaining MCC data which prohibits the information from being used for purposes other than the approved purpose and may require the information to be kept confidential. Should the use of examination information or examination data result in any publications/presentation, they must be approved in writing by the MCC prior to dissemination.

Please note that the initial review of any request may take several weeks to complete. The individual requesting the information may be asked to clarify certain aspects or provide additional information prior to proceeding. The outcome of the review will be shared and, should the request be approved, the MCC will work with the individual or institution to determine appropriate timelines on a case-by-case basis. Finally, there is no guarantee that a request will be granted.