Sickness insurance scheme


Sickness insurance scheme

Opinion of 10 July 2007 on a notification for prior checking related to management of the sickness insurance scheme (Case 2004-238)

PMO.3 is responsible, among others, for the management of the Sickness Insurance Scheme for officials, temporary agents and retired staff of EU (EU staff members). This Scheme was established pursuant to Article 72 of the Staff Regulations.  In the context of the management of the scheme, PMO 3 must process personal data of EU staff members, including information related to the insured parties' health (prescriptions from doctors, statement fees related to the purchase of pharmaceutical products, medical reports, etc). 

The EDPS has issued an opinion on the management of the scheme which concludes that on a general basis the scheme complies with the principles established in the data protection regulation. However the EDPS did make some recommendations mainly as concerns raising awareness among non-medical PMO.3 staff regarding medical secrecy, the need to reassess the conservation period for data related to medical conditions and suggested some changes in the privacy policy. The EDPS further suggested limiting the transfer of information to the Management of Committee in the context of the appeals ex Article 90 of the Staff Regulations. In particular, the EDPS recommended removing identification information as it is unnecessary in order for the Committee to provide its reports.

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