Singapore health bodies have qualified right to use personal data in health research projects without consent


Medical research using identifiable patient data can be carried out in Singapore without individuals’ consent in certain circumstances, the country’s data protection watchdog has confirmed.

The Personal Data Protection Commission has published new guidance on how Singapore’s data protection laws apply in the health sector (29-page / 144KB PDF). The guidance contains an example which confirms that personal data about patients can be used without their consent for the purpose of research.


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