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a westminster imageMay 14 2018

PSNC is advising pharmacy businesses to appoint a Data Protection Officer, if possible ahead of the General Data Protection Regulation coming into effect on May 25.

It has issued the advice following a ministerial statement in the House of Commons on May 9. Margot James MP, the Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries, said that as primary care providers “process sizeable quantities of sensitive health data” then they should have “a single point of contact on data protection matters”, PSNC has reported.

PSNC has been lobbying with the National Pharmacy Association and other primary care representatives for a possible DPO-requirement exemption from the forthcoming Data Protection Act as it considered it inappropriate for smaller pharmacies. 

Earlier advice from PSNC to pharmacy contractors had been that community pharmacies ‘may also need to appoint a DPO’.

However, PSNC has said it “must now advise that all contractors appoint a DPO as part of their journey towards compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the associated (currently draft) UK Data Protection Act 2018.”

The announcement from PSNC comes with advice around how to select a DPO, the implications of the relatively short timeframe and two documents to help clarify other GDPR issues: 

  • Template A: Decide who is responsible – the Caldicott Guardian;
  • Template D: Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA).

PSNC Director of Operations and Support, Gordon Hockey, said: “It appears that the UK’s Data Protection Act 2018 is likely to deem all community pharmacies to be public authorities (even though they are not). It seems that the common-sense and pragmatic approach of European legislators on this issue will not be followed in the UK.”

He also said that pharmacy organisations will continue their lobbying. “In the meantime, the Community Pharmacy GDPR Working Party will be considering guidance to assist smaller contractors in deciding how they are going to meet the DPO requirement.”

The Data Protection Bill 2018 is still working its way through Parliament, but the GDPR, being a EU Directive will come into force from May 25.

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