Conducting clinical research—data protection implications
Produced in partnership with Francesca Blythe of Sidley Austin and William Long of Sidley Austin

The following Life Sciences practice note produced in partnership with Francesca Blythe of Sidley Austin and William Long of Sidley Austin provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Conducting clinical research—data protection implications
  • When and why is data protection relevant to clinical research?
  • Territorial scope of the GDPR
  • Personal data, key-coded data and anonymous data
  • Sensitive personal data including health data
  • Responsibility for compliance
  • Controller and processor
  • Transparency
  • Transparency—further processing
  • Transparency—exceptions
  • More...

Conducting clinical research—data protection implications

IP COMPLETION DAY: The Brexit transition period ended at 11pm on 31 December 2020. At this time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), transitional arrangements ended and significant changes began to take effect across the UK’s legal regime. This document contains guidance on subjects impacted by these changes. Before continuing your research, see Practice Note: What does IP completion day mean for Life Sciences?

BREXIT: On 31 January 2020, the UK ceased to be an EU Member State and entered an implementation period, during which it continues to be subject to EU law. During this period, the General Data Protection Regulation applies in the UK and the UK generally continues to be treated as an EU (and EEA) state for many purposes. Any references to EEA or EU states in this Practice Note should therefore be read to also include the UK until the end of the implementation period. As a third country, the UK can no longer participate in the EU’s political institutions, agencies, offices, bodies (except to the limited extent agreed), but it must submit to the continuing jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the EU during the implementation period. For further guidance on that period, its duration and the data protection laws that are anticipated to apply after the end of it,

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