The use of personal data is controlled in many different ways and, as explained at the beginning of this course, finding out which rules apply to your research can be complex. In the European context, there are several layers of regulation and/or guidance that can be applied:
- European level: EU directive or direct EU legislation.
- National (Country) level: Local implementation of EU directive and country specific guidelines.
- Organisation level: Guidance for use of data within specific organisational settings.
The landscape of data regulation within Europe is potentially set to change with the introduction of direct European data legislation. However, as this is not currently enacted, the information provided within this course and in the BioMedBridges tools introduced under the ELSI resources section focus on current regulatory frameworks.