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Data protection, informed consent, and research

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7453.1437 (Published 10 June 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1437

Data Protection Act does not bar medical research

  1. Stewart Room, partner (s.room@dataprotectionforbusiness.co.uk)
  1. Data Protection For Business, c/o Rowe Cohen Solicitors, London EC4M 7AA

    EDITOR—The Data Protection Act 1998 does not prohibit the processing of personal information for medical research purposes. Indeed, it is clear from section 33 of the act that such processing is expressly permitted. If it were otherwise, then the act would be in direct conflict with the core aims of …

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