Life Sciences Playbook


Organisations in the life sciences sector face specific and unique data protection challenges, especially those conducting clinical trials. Successful research projects can yield ground-breaking discoveries and innovative treatments, yet the mishandling of personal data can lead to penalties and damage the reputation of an organisation.

Adhering to data protection legislation is not only a legal requirement, but also imperative for trust and confidence. Clinical trials usually involve the collection and processing of sensitive information such as health records, genetic information, and biometric data. The EU and UK data protection laws classify this as ‘special category data’.

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and the UK’s post-Brexit adoption of the legislation as the UK GDPR, have specific requirements for any organisation processing special category data. However, navigating the complexities of these data protection regulations for EU and UK residents can be challenging.

The DPO Centre has one of the largest teams of outsourced Data Protection Officers (DPOs) with specific industry expertise for the life sciences. From trial submission to completion, we ensure every step is compliant and secure.

We have produced a helpful guide, covering the various data protection considerations sponsors will need to address when setting up a clinical trial. A vital checklist for sponsors to ensure everything is in place.


The Life Sciences Playbook covers details of:

  • Lawful bases for processing personal data
  • Contracts and agreements
  • International data transfers, and more


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