May 2018

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) applies from May 25, 2018 and represents a significant overhaul of European data protection legislation. The GDPR considerably expands the scope of EU privacy legislation and introduces new rules for consent requirements to collect and process data, rights to erasure, data portability, and the use of health and research data. The GDPR is also a central part of the European Commission’s digital single market strategy, designed to boost digital innovation.

The regulation affects the area of healthcare and radiology in many ways and includes specific rules and exemptions for medical professionals and researchers.

The ESR paper The EU General Data Protection Regulation: what the radiologist should know includes an overview of the parts of the legislation most relevant to radiologists, clarifies key rules and terms, and provides insights into what impact the GDPR will have on clinical practice.

The paper, published in Insights into Imaging in April 2017, is available here: