COMMUNITY Pharmacy Scotland (CPS) has released a series of educational resources to help community pharmacists and contractors comply with the general data protection regulations (GDPR) — the new pan-European data protection laws which come into effect on May 25.
The resources, which were adapted for use in Scotland from UK GDPR Working Group source material are divided into four main areas:
Adam Osprey commented: “This sounds like a lot of work to do in a short space of time, but a lot of what the GDPR makes law has been best practice for a long time – it has been described as more of an evolution than a revolution. Community pharmacies have a good record of taking the security of their patients’ data seriously, so teams are likely to find themselves in a good starting place.”
“If that doesn’t make you feel more comfortable with what has to be done, the Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denholm, has said that compliance will be a journey from the 25th of May as opposed to a black and white cut-off, and if organisations can show that they have appropriate systems and thinking in place by then, the regulator will take a pragmatic approach to supporting people, taking into account what it means to be a business in the real world.”
CPS intends to keep the documents updated as feedback is received. Contact Adam in the Policy and Development department for further information.