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Towards a Health & Life Sciences GDPR Code of Conduct

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BBMRI-ERIC will be hosting a forum meeting in Brussels on 7 June 2017 to discuss issues related to the development of a health and life sciences code of conduct in the light of the forthcoming EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

BBMRI-ERIC argues that, as any other legal text, the GDPR is not easily accessible to non-lawyers. It leaves room for interpretation by member states on certain areas relevant for research. By developing a code of conduct that is as understandable as possible, we can help guide researchers and administrative staff, reduce unnecessary fear about compliance and enhance data sharing for the sake of progress in research. This is encouraged by Article 40 of the GDPR. In the context of health research, we can build on excellent existing codes or practices such as the RD-Connect or IMI Code of Practice. Nevertheless, writing a code of conduct in accordance with Article 40 is an ambitious endeavour.

Prof. Jan-Eric Litton, Director General of BBMRI-ERIC, elaborates: “In bringing representatives from the BMS research infrastructures, medical and health associations, industry representatives, patient advocacy groups, and other interested stakeholders together, we can jointly deliver a practical code for health research and the life sciences”.

The forum meeting will follow the outline below:

  • Presentation of a governance concept and a timeline towards a Code of Conduct
  • Presentation on patient needs
  • Panel discussion on country perspectives
  • Interventions regarding 3rd countries/international organisations
  • Open discussion
  • Presenting a roadmap: topics and working groups
  • Commitment to joining forces


Date and venue:

Wednesday, 7 June 2017, 11:00-17:00, COMECE – Square de Meeûs, 19, B-1050 Brussels, Belgium

More information is available at the BBMRI-ERIC website [link].