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General Data Protection Regulation

On May 25th of this year the General Data Protection Regulation (‘GDPR’) will come into effect across Europe. On February 1st the Government published the Data Protection Bill 2018 to give effect to the GDPR in Ireland and the effect of the GDPR will be to replace the current Data Protection Acts 1988 & 2003. It will enhance the rights of individuals (‘data subjects’) regarding their personal data. Personal data is a piece of information by which a person can be identified, such as a name or an email address (although personal data can take many forms). The Regulation will apply to all organisations that process personal data about individuals who reside in the EU.

For the Medical Council, data subjects include members of the public, medical practitioners and employees of the organisation. Ultimately the GDPR will strengthen the rights of individuals and as an organisation, the Medical Council has a responsibility to ensure that these rights are respected. With this in mind the Medical Council will be training its employees, updating policies and procedures as required, and ensuring that the website is as informative as possible.

In the coming weeks the Medical Council will also be publishing information on the website about GDPR and how as a data controller, the Medical Council is handling the change in legislation. However as it is not within the remit of the Medical Council to provide advice on data protection, we can only provide information and resources that we have gathered based on our own preparation for the GDPR. Medical Practitioners may wish to contact their professional indemnifier bodies for guidance and assistance on any specific queries they may have.

For more information, you can access the Data Protection Commissioner’s website here.