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25 Feb 21
Italian Data Protection Authority approved the first code of conduct in the public sector regulating the use of health data for educational and scientific publication purposes
The Italian Data Protection Authority (“Garante”) approved the first code of conduct (Decision No. 7 of January 24, 2021, doc. Web 9535354) on how to use personal data concerning health for educational and scientific publication purposes; the code of conduct was submitted by the Veneto Region (“Code of Conduct”).
21 Feb 21
No competitive procedures are needed to execute research agreements with public entities: The Italian administrative court of last instance overturns the TAR decision
The Italian administrative court of last instance (“Consiglio di Stato”) closed litigation undertaken by Technogenetics S.r.l. that challenged a research agreement entered into by DiaSorin S.p.A. and the Pavia Hospital (which is classified, under Italian law, as a scientific research and healthcare facility, or IRCCS) for the evaluation of certain molecular and serological tests to diagnose COVID-19 (the Consiglio di Stato’s judgement was published on December 17, 2020).
29 May 20
COVID-19 emergency and processing of health data for scientific research purposes
The health emergency due to the spread of COVID-19 has made the need to correctly manage the processing of health data for scientific research purposes even more topical.
11 Feb 20
EDPS: clarification on data protection and scientific research
On January 6, 2020, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) issued a preliminary opinion on data protection and scientific research, in which it provided clarification on the application of data protection rules established by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Regulation No. 2018/1725 with regard to scientific research.
1 Apr 19
Personal Data: new interpretative recommendations in Clinical Trials
On January 23, 2019, the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) published an opinion on the interplay between the Clinical Trials Regulation (CTR) and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) regarding the processing of clinical trial data.
3 Sep 17
New consent for processing sensitive data not needed after change of data controller: data protection thoughts and M&A
For the first time in Italy, a court has affirmed that when a data controller changes, there is no need to acquire new consent from the participants of a research project involving the processing of sensitive data, if the research purposes do not change.
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December 13, 2021
The European Commission’s Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG) endorsed a new guidance on the operational and practical implementation of Articles 13&14 and other related obligations f...
October 27, 2021
The European Commission’s Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG) endorsed a new guidance on the applicability of MDR requirements to 'legacy devices' and 'old' devices
October 19, 2021
The European Commission’s Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG) endorsed a new guidance on the classification of medical devices
September 29, 2021
EU pharmaceutical strategy: today the Commission launched a public consultation on the revision of the EU general pharmaceuticals legislation (open until December 21, 2021)
August 4, 2021
Clinical Trials Regulation: EMA and European Commission confirmed that the Clinical Trials Information System (CTIS) will go-live on January 31, 2022
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