In January 2012, the European Commission published a draft Data Protection Regulation which aims to replace the existing Data Protection Directive and associated Member State legislation. A Regulation has effect in all EU Member States. The draft Regulation is now being considered and amended by the European Parliament and Council before adoption and this process may take until 2014.
EASL has joined other organisations, including the Wellcome Trust, in welcoming the provisions in the Regulation to support health research. EASL agrees it is essential that the research provisions are maintained as the Regulation moves through the legislative process. It is also important that amendments are made to clarify the research provisions to ensure these achieve their intended purpose and ensure that the scope of the Regulation is clear. Details of the joint statement can be found in the document below.