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11 Jun
Medical research: Advance consultation with Data Protection Authority no longer required
Medical research is one of the sectors most affected by rapid technological development and the increasing use of artificial intelligence systems.
11 Jun
Online medicine sales and the processing of purchase data: The Court of Justice of the European Union rules
Data related to purchasing non-prescription medicine sold online by an authorized pharmacy should not be considered health-related data under the GDPR.
23 Apr
Italian Data Protection Authority publishes rules for platforms (websites or apps) connecting patients and healthcare professionals
The evolution of online platforms and apps that connect patients with healthcare professionals has made medical care more accessible, but it has also raised important issues concerning privacy and the protection of personal data.
17 Jan
Artificial intelligence and health care: News and issues in light of guidance from the Italian Data Protection Authority and the WHO
The use of AI in the healthcare field could facilitate improvement of treatment and prevention, and result in more effective allocation of resources in the field. However, there is trepidation about the consequences of possible errors and incorrect use.
19 Jun 23
Processing health data on online platforms: The Garante rules on fairness
With order no. 368 of November 10, 2022, the Italian Data Protection Authority ruled that the provider of an online platform aimed at connecting healthcare professionals with patients  was in breach of the personal data protection rules provided by the GDPR in processing data via their platform.
6 Dec 22
Reuse of personal data for research purposes in light of the most recent guidelines from the Garante
In the context of clinical studies, companies are concerned about the legal conditions for use for research purposes of previously collected personal data, including data from third parties.
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October 6, 2023
CBD products: the Administrative Court suspended until October 24 the recent Decree of the Italian Ministry of Health listing cannabidiol for oral use among narcotic drugs, due to the lack o...
October 4, 2023
The Guidelines for regulating contractual relations between universities and research institutes and private sponsors were adopted by the relevant Italian Ministries following the amendment ...
September 21, 2023
CBS products: from September 20th, compositions for oral administration of cannabidiol obtained from Cannabis sativa extracts shall be considered as narcotic drugs in Italy, as they have bee...
July 27, 2023
Payback on medical devices: Italian government announces extension of payment deadline to October 30, 2023
July 21, 2023
On July 21, 2023, the Italian Ministry of Health published new guidelines on health advertising of self-medication drugs (OTC) and non-prescription drugs (SOP), including advertising on new ...
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