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a computer imageMarch 29 2018

Guidance documents and a workbook of templates to assist community pharmacy contractors in working towards General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance are now available.

Materials drawn up by the Community Pharmacy GDPR Working Party (made up of PSNC, NPA, RPS, CCA, AIMp, CPW and CPPE) cover:

  • Guidance for Community Pharmacy (Part 1): to help contractors understand the GDPR requirements, and the steps needed to comply;
  • Guidance for Community Pharmacy (short version) (Part 2): to assist with staff training;
  • Workbook for Community Pharmacy (Part 3): a set of editable templates for contractors to show that they are meeting all the GDPR requirements;
  • FAQs for Community Pharmacy (Part 4): simple answers to key questions on the GDPR.

The documents have been published on PSNC’s website. It has also published a mnemonic, DATAPROTECTED, with 13 steps setting out the route to compliance:

  • Decide who is responsible;
  • Action plan;
  • Think about and record the personal data you process;
  • Assure your lawful basis for processing;
  • Process according to data protection principles;
  • Review and check with your processors;
  • Obtain consent if you need to;
  • Tell people about your fair processing notice;
  • Ensure data security;
  • Consider personal data breaches;
  • Think about data subject rights;
  • Ensure privacy by design;
  • Data protection impact assessment.

“Contractors should be reassured that whilst GDPR brings a new approach to data protection, much of what becomes mandatory has been good practice in the past and pharmacy teams are used to managing personal data and are subject to considerable information governance (IG) requirements already,” said PSNC.

“Given the upcoming deadline for completion of the IG Toolkit (March 31 2018), any contractors who have not yet completed the IG Toolkit should do so immediately, and PSNC recommends that this is done before you start thinking about GDPR.”

PSNC is hosting two webinars on GDPR in early April.

Link:
PSNC announcement   

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