The General Data Protection Regulation—application in the life sciences sector
Produced in partnership with Elinor Pecsteen and Cristiana Spontoni of Jones Day (Brussels)
The General Data Protection Regulation—application in the life sciences sector

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

  • The General Data Protection Regulation—application in the life sciences sector
  • Scope of the GDPR
  • 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
  • Consent under the GDPR
  • Pseudonymisation of personal data
  • Obligations on life sciences companies which are data controllers and/or data processors
  • More...

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, see Practice Note: Brexit—implications for data protection. For further reading about the impact of Brexit on the Life Sciences, see: Brexit—Life Sciences and News Analysis: Brexit Bulletin—key updates, research tips and resources.

In May 2016, the General Data Protection Regulation, Regulation (EU) 2016/679, (GDPR) came into force, introducing a number of changes in EU data protection law. The GDPR is directly applicable and enforceable in all EU Member States as of 25 May

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