Is consent still important? #GDPR

Yes, but its use for the processing of data is not encouraged unless it is meaningful. Seeking consent for processing data associated with a prescription is not meaningful, as if it was refused then the prescription could not be dispensed. Prescription data must be processed for a variety of reasons including patient safety, professional responsibilities, pharmacy payment and anti-fraud checks. Patient consent to the action of the pharmacy dispensing the prescription (and, for example, consent to other services like MAS and CMS) remains as meaningful and important as ever, but once a patient has consented to this, generally records must be kept and often may be used by others caring for the patient. This is part of healthcare practice.

While consent for processing the personal data is not required, fair processing notices explaining to patients what personal data is processed and for what purpose are necessary.

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