EU and data protection
The rapid response committee has kept IEA members up to date on important legal issues related to use of data in epidemiologic research, especially data collected for monitoring or administrative use. The proposed Regulation provided a legal framework that would not add new restrictions to our use of health data in research. That may unfortunately have changed. Albrecht’s revisions to the proposed text will have serious consequences for epidemiology if they are all accepted. Please note Welcome Trust’s concern below and have a look at the changes yourself – pay especially attention to amendments 15,17,19,22 and 31.
Use your voice to help change this new serious development; the legal text is still being debated in the Parliament. If these revisions are approved we may have to change the old saying ’in God we trust, all others must bring data’ to ’In God we trust; only he can bring data’. The rapid response committee
Resignation of the IEA Secretary
Dr Matthias Egger, IEA Secretary, resigned due to personal reasons at the end of 2012. Matthias will remain involved in IEA-related activities, including the Residential Summer Course in Epidemiology in Florence, Italy. We wish to thank Matthias to his great contribution to the association during his tenure as Secretary. Until elections are held in 2014, the other members of the Executive Council, working jointly with FirstPoint Management Resources, will fulfill the functions of the Secretariat.
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