The EU and UK General Data Protection Regulations—application in the life sciences sector
Produced in partnership with Elinor Pecsteen of Jones Day and Cristiana Spontoni of Jones Day

The following Life Sciences practice note produced in partnership with Elinor Pecsteen of Jones Day and Cristiana Spontoni of Jones Day provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • The EU and UK General Data Protection Regulations—application in the life sciences sector
  • The GDPR regimes
  • Material scope
  • Territorial scope
  • Key novel concepts and their relevance for the life sciences sector
  • Special categories of personal data
  • The research exemption under the GDPR regimes
  • Consent under the GDPR regimes
  • Pseudonymisation of personal data
  • Obligations on life sciences companies which are data controllers and/or data processors
  • More...

The EU and UK General Data Protection Regulations—application in the life sciences sector

From 25 May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation, Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (EU GDPR) became applicable in both the UK and the EEA, introducing a number of changes into data protection law and replacing the rules set out in Directive 95/46/EC (Data Protection Directive) and the UK Data Protection Act 1998.

The changes brought by the EU GDPR impact on many businesses involved in the processing of personal data. Such changes are particularly relevant for life sciences companies which often collect and/or use significant amounts of health-related data regarding individuals (or ‘data subjects’) such as, for example, patients and clinical trial subjects.

For more information about the interplay between clinical trials and data protection, see Practice Note: Conducting clinical research—data protection implications.

This Practice Note gives an overview of those important changes that are provided in the EU and UK GDPR regimes which affect life sciences companies and their businesses directly. This Practice Note does not provide a comprehensive discussion of all changes provided for in the EU and UK GDPR regimes and should be read in conjunction with the following Practice Notes: Introduction to the EU GDPR and UK GDPR, Data protection principles, Processing personal data—standard of

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