European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) publishes Preliminary Opinion on data protection and scientific research

Posted on 06.02.2020

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) published, on 6 January 2020, its preliminary opinion on data protection and scientific research. In particular, the Preliminary Opinion addresses, among other things, the definition of scientific research in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the governance framework for research in the EU, with specific reference to clinical trials. In addition, the Preliminary Opinion analyses key principles of the special regime for data processing for the purposes of scientific research, as set down in the GDPR, including the notion of consent, the presumption of compatibility, and derogations to data subject rights. You can read the Preliminary Opinion here. MedTech Europe’s Data Protection Committee is planning to submit comments to the EDPS.