EPHA’s position on the General Data Protection Regulation highlights the strengths and weaknesses of the existing proposal from the perspective of the health community and lays out the key provisions in protecting patient safety, individual rights and public health.
The European Commission (EC) is currently reviewing its existing legal framework on data protection to ensure that the rules are fit for dealing with increasingly complex and sophisticated developments in technology and data usage. The ambitious legislative proposal for a Regulation on General Data Protection  proposes harmonisation rules for many data areas – including in the area of health – with implications for individuals, companies and public authorities.
EPHA supports the aims and objectives of the Commission’s draft proposal and acknowledges the weaknesses of the existing legal structure. The proposal attempts to balance the individual’s fundamental right to data protection with need for free flowing information in a single European market – from a public health perspective the primary concern, as highlighted by the opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), is that this balance is currently uneven, favouring the latter over the former .