Re: New information on your data protection rights

 

Dear Patient,

European Union data protection law is being updated on 25 May 2018 with the introduction of a new EU level General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”). This will replace the 1995 Data Protection Directive and all Member State data protection laws. Data protection law requires organisations to handle personal information securely and gives individuals rights in respect to their own data. The new EU law reflects the need to update the legal system for data protection so it is appropriate for our modern information society and to harmonise rules across the EU Member States.

One of many changes in the law relates to the information that must be provided by organisations to individuals when their personal details are collected. The provision of this information means that any consent given to collect and use personal data is appropriately informed. The list of issues to be explained to individuals in data protection notices and consent forms has grown significantly under the GDPR compared to the existing situation.

Synexus is a company dedicated to conducting clinical studies and have been investigating the effectiveness of new medicines and treatments for more than 25 years throughout the world.  Synexus conducts clinical trials across a range of conditions with particular emphasis on cardiovascular, metabolic (diabetes and obesity), musculoskeletal, respiratory and central nervous system research (e.g. dementia and pain). As part of a clinical trial we offer routine health checks such as height, weight, body mass index (BMI), blood pressure monitoring and blood cholesterol checks. During the trial, we will also keep your doctor informed about your trial participation and condition, so your usual healthcare will not be affected on leaving the study.

When you expressed to Synexus your interest in taking part to clinical trials, you were provided with an Informed Consent Form explaining how your information is collected, used and disclosed and what your current information rights are. Set out in the appendix below is a revised explanation, reflecting the new provisions set out in the GDPR. Please take some time to read this carefully. If you have any questions or you need to update your information held please reach out your regular Synexus contact.

Appendix: Patient Privacy Notice

Yours sincerely,
The Synexus Management Team

 

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