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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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July 19, 2022
Guidelines for the implementation of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) to ensure dissemination, uniformity and accessibility of the EHR at national level now published in the Official Gazet...
June 6, 2022
The National Coordination Centre for Ethics Committees published new draft agreements for conducting clinical trials on drugs and medical devices
April 27, 2022
EU Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG) approves “Guidance” on the borderline between medical devices and medicinal products in order to support the uniform application of Regulation...
April 5, 2022
Electronic prescriptions: the current modalities of transmission from doctors to patients and from patients to pharmacies are extended until 31st December 2022
March 24, 2022
EU Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG) approves “Guidance” on appropriate surveillance of devices covered by certificates according to the MD Directives, under the transitional prov...
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