Codes of Conduct

Codes of Conduct

The Code of Conduct for the Use of Data in Health Research 

This Code was developed in 1995 and was revised in 2002-2003 on the basis of the European Data Protection Directive and its implementation in the Dutch Act on the Protection of Personal Data. The new Dutch version and English translation became available in 2004.

Download Code of conduct for health research (pdf, 182 KB)
Download Explanatory report (pdf, 189 KB)

In 2018, Coreon started revising the Code of Conduct, because of the EU GDPR. Two statements have been published. COREON will start a revision of the Code in November 2019.

  • COREON Statement ‘further use’ of personal data for scientific research

    One of the principles of the GDPR is the purpose limitation principle (article 5.1b GDPR). Personal data may only be collected for clear, specified and explicit purposes and may not be further processed in a manner incompatible with these
    purposes. The second part of this article states that further data processing for scientific research or statistical purposes is not incompatible with the original purpose. This further processing for this purpose is permitted in principle, even if the first purpose is a different one such as a medical treatment contract. A new basis is not required. But this is not a licence.
    This statement describes the criteria to be met by the research.

    Read more in the download   COREON Statement ‘further use’ of personal data for scientific research (pdf, 370 KB)

  • COREON Statement Scientific research

    Scientific research has a special status in the GDPR but is not defined further in the GDPR. This statement elaborates on the definition of the term scientific research. This definition is important in justifying the special status of scientific research.

    Read more in download:   COREON Statement Scientific research (pdf, 400 KB)

Example how to refer to codes of conduct in scientific paper

According to the Central Committee on Research involving Human Subjects (CCMO), this type of study does not require approval from an ethics committee in the Netherlands. This study was approved by the Privacy Review Board of the Netherlands Cancer Registry.

Human tissue and Medical Research: Code of Conduct for Responsible Use

Developed during 1999-2001 and translated into English in 2002. Revised in 2011.
Dutch Gedragscode 2011 in English translation: Human Tissue and Medical Research,

Download Code of Conduct for Responsible Use (2011) part 1
Download Code for Proper Secondary Use of Tissue (2001) (pdf, 771 KB)

Download PPT presentation: Code for Proper Use of Human Tissue 
An explanation of this Code is found in an article on Biobanking in Nature Reviews: Cancer 2003; 3: 73-77

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