A3 Book chapter

Access to Biomedical Research Material and the Right to Data Protection in Finland

List of Authors: Southerington Tom

Publication year: 2021

Book title *: GDPR and Biobanking: Individual Rights, Public Interest and Research Regulation across Europe

Title of series: Law, Governance and Technology Series

Volume number: 43

ISBN: 978-3-030-49387-5

eISBN: 978-3-030-49388-2

ISSN: 2352-1902

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-49388-2_13

URL: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-49388-2_13#DOI


This chapter describes the Finnish regulatory landscape concerning primarily non-interventional biomedical research and in particular the rights of study subjects from the data protection point of view. The GDPR is just one of many pieces of legislation affecting the rights of individuals, and it allows for significant variation between the EU Member States. Finnish law relating to biomedical research has materially changed in recent years and some changes are still pending. Overall, the legislator has aimed at enhancing opportunities for responsible research and enabling research-related innovation ecosystems, but also implemented quite strict limitations for data processing in balance. It is yet too early to evaluate the effects of the legislatory changes. The chapter is therefore mainly descriptive.

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