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  • Update on EU Data Protection Regulation and Online Petition November 18, 2015

    “Trilogue” negotiations between the EU’s Council, Parliament, and Commission on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) are in process. Negotiations are based on the Commission’s proposal of January 2012, the Parliament’s resolution of March 2014, and the General Approach on the GDPR adopted by the Council on June 15th 2015. The Commission’s proposal had included procedures to protect the rights of individuals. It included a requirement for the explicit consent of individuals for processing their personal data, but provided derogations for health and scientific research. The parliamentary committee for civil liberties (LIBE) proposed amendments, now ratified by Parliament, to the Commission’s text concerning health and scientific research, in particular to articles 81 (suppressed in the Council’s General Approach) and 83. The amendments, which would limit the use of personal data without consent to cases of exceptionally high public interest only, are of grave concern to researchers and society. The prohibition of the ...

  • Good Epidemiological Practice (GEP) April 24, 2010

    IEA GUIDELINES FOR  PROPER CONDUCT IN EPIDEMIOLOGIC RESEARCH November, 2007 This document is based upon a document developed for the IEA-European Federation. The documentation has been substantially modified over the years. This latest version has been approved by Council. SUMMARY In these guidelines, we begin by outlining the background to epidemiological research and the role of ethics committees. We then summarise the four general ethical principles for research and the important concept of informed consent. The second section provides suggested rules for good research behaviour under the headings of working with personal data, data documentation, publication, and exercise of judgment with a final note on scientific misconduct. It is our intention that these guidelines will be kept under regular review as new problems and opportunities emerge. BACKGROUND Research should be an activity devoted to the exploration of the laws of nature driven only by a desire to know the truth. In the real world, other factors often ...

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