Use of data in cross-border biomedical research: what are the challenges ahead for Europe? Brussels

Personal data is a vital resource for research that can save and improve lives. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) provides a strong basis for the safe use of personal data in research. Some of the rules for research are included in the main text of the Regulation and will apply automatically in all Member States as of 25 May 2018. However, some rules are delegated to Member States and need to be implemented at a national level before they can apply. Such exemptions for scientific or historical research purposes may allow for divergent implementation across Europe, posing potential challenges to biomedical scientific research.

Aim of the workshop

The aim of the workshop is to trigger discussions on the following aspects:
• Based on concrete examples, what are the concerns of the academic, commercial and patient communities over the GDPR legislation and how will it impact cross-border biomedical research in Europe? Which solutions should be put in place?
• How can implementation of GDPR support cross-border biomedical research? What is the role of the European Commission and Member States in promoting compatibility and avoid fragmentation between national laws? What is the EU doing to support the use of personal data to advance biomedical research?