UNESCO Chair in Bioethics


  • Bioethics and Law Observatory
  • UNESCO Chair in Bioethics
  • University of Barcelona
  • Faculty of Law
  • Ave. Diagonal, 684
  • 08034 Barcelona
  • (+34) 93 403 45 46
  • obd.ub@ub.edu
  • Master in Bioethics and Law
  • (+34) 93 403 45 46
  • master.bd@ub.edu


A-TANGO, a biomedical research project, uses the tool for conducting data protection impact assessment (DPIA) developed by the Observatory of Bioethics and Law and the TIC Salut Foundation


The biomedical research project "NOVEL TREATMENT OF ACUTE ON CHRONIC LIVER FAILURE USING SYNERGISTIC ACTION OF G-CSF AND TAK-242" (A-TANGO), funded by the European Union programme Horizon 2020 and coordinated by EF Clif, has carried out the mandatory data protection impact assessment (DPIA) stipulated by the General Data Protection Regulation using the methodology and tool developed by an interdisciplinary team of the Observatory of Bioethics and Law (OBD), a research centre of the University of Barcelona, and the Office of the Data Protection Officer (DPO) of the TIC Salut Foundation, Government of Catalonia, coordinated by the Dr. Itziar de Lecuona.

The tool, available in open access in three languages -Spanish, Catalan and English-, responds to the specific needs of the health care system to evaluate the processing of personal data in research and innovation processes.

The DPIA allows the exercise of proactive responsibility and an adequate risk assessment in the processing of personal data, as established by the applicable data protection regulations. The DPIA developed by the OBD and the TIC Salut Foundation helps the data controller and the agents involved in the decision-making process with automated suggestions and allows a detailed analysis of the life cycle of the personal data involved. Likewise, the tool includes specific sections to evaluate the use of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence.

Finally, the tool incorporates mechanisms to collect the result of the advice and assessment of the corresponding Data Protection Officer. Teresa Miquel, lawyer and Data Protection Officer of EF Clif, provided assessment and reviewed the DPIA.

Both the methodology and the tool have been previously tested in the biomedical research projects DECISION and MICROB-PREDICT, funded by the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Union and also coordinated by EF Clif, in which the OBD leads the work packages on ethical, health and socioeconomic aspects.

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