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BACKGROUND: We report on a workshop on ethical and legal constraints on data sharing between countries in multinational epidemiologic research in Europe that was held in January 2007 in Potsdam, Germany. The participants were experienced epidemiologic and clinical researchers from eight European countries. The aim of the workshop was to share current knowledge on the above-mentioned topics, to identify areas for joint action and to enhance the likelihood of success for the new funding programmes. METHODS: Workshop sessions and review of findings. RESULTS: Key elements and recommendations have been drawn up. CONCLUSIONS: Epidemiologic and clinical studies are increasingly planned and conducted on a European level, and funds are available for this kind of studies. However, data sharing in multi-centre clinical and epidemiological studies is hampered by the different legal and ethical constraints individual national researchers face.

Original publication

DOI

10.1136/ard.2007.080598

Type

Journal article

Journal

Annals of the rheumatic diseases

Publication Date

07/2008

Volume

67

Pages

1041 - 1043

Addresses

Epidemiology Unit, German Rheumatism Research Centre, Charitéplatz 1, 10117 Berlin, Germany. Zink@DRFZ.de

Keywords

Humans, Rheumatic Diseases, Biomedical Research, International Cooperation, Informed Consent, Ethics, Research, Europe, Multicenter Studies as Topic