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The road to a Health and Life Sciences GDPR Code of Conduct

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On 1 February 2017 Biobanking and BioMolecular resources Research Infrastructure – European Research Infrastructure Consortium (BBMRI-ERIC) hosted a working meeting, which aimed at arriving at a basis for a health and life sciences data protection code of conduct.

The implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will apply from 25 May 2018, foresees, in Article 40, the establishment of codes of conduct as one of the means contributing to the proper application of the regulation. 

Health and life sciences researchers rely heavily on the use of sensitive personal data, having specific characteristics, such as those relating to data subject rights and data processing and use, which the code of conduct aims to address from the perspective of health and medical research. In order to realize the potential of collaborative research and cross-border exchange of health-related data for the benefit of European citizens a coordinated and harmonized approach is essential, especially in the light of possibly differing Member States' implementing approaches. 

The objective of the working meeting was thus to promote these issues and explore how health and life sciences research infrastructures and other key stakeholders are seeking to address them in order to provide guidance on the GDPR application. 

Speaking ahead of the meeting Prof Jan-Eric Litton, Director General of BBMRI-ERIC, said: “We want to launch a roadmap process for a health and life sciences code of conduct, which will demonstrate how to comply with the GDPR. We are aiming to support alignment between and amongst the key stakeholders in their preparations to continue collaborative research within the framework of this new regulation.”

The working meeting brought together the representatives from the European life sciences research infrastructures, policy makers, medical associations, industry representatives, patient advocacy groups, and other interested stakeholders to discuss and agree on a roadmap for a health and life sciences GDPR code of conduct and express commitment to the code development process.

The agenda is available in the attached document below.


Date and venue:

Wednesday, 1 February 2017
Rue de la science 14b, 1040 Brussels


For further information, please contact:

Michaela Th. Mayrhofer PhD, Senior Project Manager/Chief Policy Officer of the Common Service of Ethical, Legal and Societal Issues, BBMRI-ERIC

Email: michaela.th.mayrhofer@bbmri-eric.eu

Tel: + 43 316 34 99 17 13


Declan Kirrane, Managing Director, ISC

Email: declan.kirrane@iscintelligence.com

Tel: + 32 494 34 60 40


  1. Draft agenda