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Seminar on BBMRI’s GDPR Conduct of Conduct for Health Research and implications for FP9

Contributed by: ISC Intelligence in Science

From 2017-11-06 to 2017-11-06, Belgium
The Biobanking and BioMolecular resources Research Infrastructure - European Research Infrastructure Consortium (BBMRI-ERIC) is hosting a seminar to assess the impact of the GDPR on FP9 health research and examine how the Code of Conduct for Health research being developed by BBMIR-ERIC will address future related challenges. The seminar will take place on 6 November 2017 in Brussels.
The next few months will be significant for EU research priority setting. Work on FP9 (2021-2027) has begun and the European Commission is expected to publish its proposal in the summer of 2018. Policy orientation discussions are already under way and cover the programme’s overall structure and financing. They will also encompass the long-term sustainability, socio-economic impact, and the use and management of data created by the pan-European research infrastructures, as well as the contribution of these infrastructures to health sciences and health outcomes in Europe.

On 25 May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will apply across the EU. BBMRI-ERIC has launched a forum to develop the means to comply and to contribute to the proper implementation of GDPR with a view to benefiting health and medical research. It has also launched a forum to support this process. Through the forum, BBMRI-ERIC is engaging with approximately 80 organisations, representing key stakeholders from across the EU, to draft its GDPR Code of Conduct for health research. This code will be vital for enabling and advancing collaborative health and life sciences research once the GDPR is applied.

The BBMRI-ERIC seminar on 6 November 2017 will focus on how the new data protection environment will determine and affect the use of (sensitive) personal data for health and life sciences in existing and future research projects as well as in collaborations, in addition to ways in which health research communities will approach this. The seminar will also help participants to understand the policy context and priority areas that the post-2020 EU research framework programme could possibly cover. Moreover, it will include debate on how the programme could address the issues concerning biological and medical science research, including the use of personal data, in order for the programme to deliver benefits for the EU’s citizens and economy.

The seminar sessions will cover big data and the European Open Science Cloud, GDPR and the code of conduct for health and life sciences, as well as FP9. Speakers will include Augusto Burgueno Arjona, European Commission; Magali Poinot, IMI2; Brendan Barnes, EFPIA; Lydia Makaroff, European Cancer Patient Coalition; Nathalie Bertels, Big Data Value Association; and other representatives from industry, research, and academia.

The seminar will be followed by a GDPR ‘day of action’ on Tuesday 7 November 2017. This event will engage EU policy- and decision-makers in discussion about the use of personal data for health research with respect to GDPR as well as how health and life sciences organisations, under the lead of BBMRI-ERIC, are preparing for GDPR implementation and compliance.

Seminar date and venue:
Monday, 6 November 2017, 10.00 – 16.00
Science 14, 14b Rue de la Science, Brussels B-1040 (map:

Participation in the seminar is free of charge. Registration is available at

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 to facilitate the access to resources as well as facilities and to support high-quality biomolecular and medical research. BBMRI-ERIC comprises 19 member states and one international organisation, making it one of the largest research infrastructures for health research in Europe.



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