Data Protection

The introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has considerably raised the bar for data protection on the European - and even on a more global - level.

Whereas much effort and resources have been put into place to timely meet the GDPR implementation 25 May 2018 was only the beginning of a new era.

COCIR supports a harmonised, effective, clear and reliable data protection framework.

A harmonised set of rules and consistent interpretation are essential to fulfill the promise of a true Digital Single Market, enabling the free flow of data and ensuring a level playing field.

There is an ongoing need for guidance to tackle practical questions and to clarify the rules vis-à-vis other existing legislative frameworks.

Quality healthcare depends on the availability of health data at the point of care and throughout the healthcare cycle. As healthcare technology advances it is important to strike the right balance between privacy and the innovative use of health data for healthcare delivery, management and research purposes.

COCIR is actively contributing to the policy debate with the overall goal to – for the benefit of all - use health data across Europe in a seamless manner while respecting the fundamental rights and freedoms of the individual.