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BBMRI-ERIC working meeting “The road to a Health and Life Sciences GDPR Code of Conduct”

Contributed by: ISC Intelligence in Science

From 2017-02-01 to 2017-02-01, Belgium
On 1 February 2017 the Biobanking and BioMolecular resources Research Infrastructure – European Research Infrastructure Consortium (BBMRI-ERIC) will host a working meeting, which aims to arrive 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 realise the potential of collaborative research and cross-border exchange of health-related data for the benefit of European citizens a coordinated and harmonised approach is essential, especially in the light of possibly differing Member States' implementing approaches.

The objective of the working meeting is 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 will bring 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.

While the meeting and its outcomes will be made public and feedback by the interested parties strongly encouraged, the participation at the event is limited in order to facilitate and assure a focused conversation. Should you wish to participate please express your interest to Michaela Th. Mayrhofer ( by 25 January 2017 at the latest.

Date and venue:
Wednesday, 1 February 2017
Rue de la science 14b, 1040 Brussels

Editor’s note:
BBMRI-ERIC ( is a pan-European research infrastructure which provides access to quality controlled human biological samples, such as blood, tissues, cells or DNA, and associated clinical and research data. It aims to establish, operate and develop a pan-European distributed research infrastructure of biobanks and biomolecular resources in order to facilitate the access to resources as well as facilities and to support high quality biomolecular and medical research. BBMRI-ERIC operates on a non-economic basis.

BBMRI-ERIC is set up as a distributed research infrastructure in most, if not all European member states. Including the United Kingdom as its latest member, BBMRI-ERIC consists as of today of 19 member states and one international organisation (IARC), making it one of the largest research infrastructures for health research in Europe.

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
Tel: + 43 316 34 99 17 13

Declan Kirrane, Managing Director, ISC
Tel: + 32 494 34 60 40



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