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Can the Italian healthcare system process sensitive personal data without explicit patient consent?

Emilio De Giorgi

On 27 March 2018, a draft of the legislative decree (Draft Decree) that is expected to replace the Italian Privacy Code following the entry into force of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was published.  The Draft Decree anticipates important novelties regarding the way in which medical facilities will have to handle the processing Read More

Belgium adopts new Royal Decree on biobanks

Veerle Pissierssens

The new Royal Decree on biobanks was published on 5 February 2018 in the Belgian Official Gazette.  A biobank stores human tissue and makes it available for scientific research only (that is, not for human use).  The decree, which implements the Law of 19 December 2008 in relation to obtaining and using human tissue in Read More

Belgium: Digital platform for medical files to be launched

Tine Carmeliet

In early January 2018, the Belgian Minister of Health published an announcement on the creation of a digital platform called the “Personal Health Viewer”. The goal of this digitalisation initiative is to engage patients in the management of their own health. In particular, the platform will enable patients to access their own medical file online and Read More

Dutch Supreme Court approves electronic exchange of patient data via healthcare infrastructure

Iradj Nazaryar

In December 2017, the Dutch Supreme Court ruled  that the electronic exchange of patient data via the so-called healthcare infrastructure is lawful. The infrastructure is a platform for the electronic exchange of patient data. The platform allows the observer of a general practitioner (GP), that is, a GP who temporarily replaces another GP, to access Read More

French Supreme Court confirms discriminatory abuse in market of medical information databases for pharmaceutical companies

Florence Ninane

Earlier this summer, the French Supreme Court (Cour de Cassation) rejected an appeal by Cegedim against a ruling of the Paris Court of Appeal, upholding a July 2014 decision of the French Competition Authority (FCA) that imposed a EUR 5.7 million fine on the company. The FCA had found that Cegedim’s refusal to grant a Read More