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On May 2nd the European Standards on confidentiality and privacy in healthcare developed by EuroSOCAP were launched at Queen’s University at Belfast. EuroSOCAP is a project funded by the European Commission with the following objectives:

  • To identify the main issues and social concerns surrounding the confidentiality of healthcare information together with the ethical obligations and legal requirements;

  • To identify and review existing legal provision, policy documents and professional guidance on confidentiality impacting on healthcare;

  • To prepare and disseminate EU guidelines on confidentiality and healthcare

  • To prepare web page on confidentiality guidelines for healthcare professionals.

The guidelines and standards that were delivered by the project are based both on ethical and legal principles and were made to serve as recommendations and guidance for health professionals and healthcare institutions, especially on ethical questions that are not covered by laws.

You can find the press release on the launch here