Thursday, 7 November 2019
Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh (Atógáil) - Questions on Promised Legislation (Resumed)
John Brassil (Kerry, Fianna Fail)
In May 2018, significant legislation introducing GDPR across all sectors was introduced. To my knowledge, the Department of Health was allowed to introduce separate guidelines around medical research. My information to date is that as we speak effective medical research is now almost impossible and many critical research projects are practically at standstill due to cumbersome and impractical GDPR regulations.
Professor Gerry McElvaney, president of the Irish Academy of Medical Science, has organised a briefing on 25 November in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, which I hope the Minister or his officials will attend. This is a critical area. Without good medical research, developments in life-saving cancer research and so on is put in jeopardy. We need to grapple with this issue immediately otherwise lives will be put in danger.