On 8 April 2017, the Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME) endorsed the WMA Declaration of Taipei on ethical considerations regarding health databases and biobanks, which was adopted by the General Assembly of the World Medical Association (WMA) in October 2016.
Dr Jacques de Haller, President of the Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME) said: ‘The re-use of health data in the context of medical research is at the centre of EU discussions. If medical research using Big Data has the potential to increase knowledge for the benefit of society, it is equally important to guarantee patients’ autonomy and their rights to self-determination. The WMA Declaration of Taipei provides ethical guidelines which are needed to guarantee an ethical and transparent re-use of health data‘.
The press release is available here.