Doctors in Ireland believe the Department of Health’s interpretation of the EU General Data Protection Regulation may halt their research, The Irish Examiner reports. The doctors’ concerns stem from the requirements to obtain explicit consent before processing patient data. In a review published in the Journal of Irish Medical Science, doctors reveal Ireland is the one country among the 28 EU member states that require health researchers to get an express statement of consent. The review also states the explicit consent requirement is “problematic for most (if not all) ongoing research when the re-consenting of patients is required,” particularly in regards to research involving biobanks and patients who are unable to consent.
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