CPME Rapporteur on Data protection: Sjaak NOUWT (NL)
CPME Secretariat: Ms Sara RODA

On 19 February 2020, the European Commission published a ‘European strategy for data’ whose ambition is to enable the EU to become the most attractive, secure and dynamic data-agile economy in the world. The strategy aims at developing common European data spaces in strategic economic sectors and domains of public interest, such as the common European health data space. This strategy is part of a wider package of strategic documents, including a communication on Shaping Europe’s digital future and a White Paper on Artificial Intelligence – A European approach to excellence and trust.

CPME is monitoring and contributing to the debate, making sure physicians’ views are taken into account.

CPME believes that easier access to individual’s data, specifically patients’ data, needs to be surrounded by strong legal safeguards and level of security. Moreover, in order to foster trust in the sharing of health data, there should be the involvement of research ethics committees or ethics review boards when the legal base to share personal data is other than consent of the data subject. The default position for provision of information should be anonymisation, which should be irreversible and legally guaranteed. Pseudonymisation, if necessary, can be only in accordance with the national medical practitioner regulator.

Adopted policies include: