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[Correspondence] Data must be shared—also with researchers outside of Europe

19:16 EST 7 Nov 2019 | The Lancet

Preventing disease and premature death from chronic diseases requires understanding of risk factors and their underlying mechanisms. This process is possible with appropriate analyses of individual level data. However, to be efficient, data from a large number of individuals are usually necessary. Adequate sample sizes can only be reached when researchers share individual level data with each other in large collaborative efforts. Within Europe, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) opens up new possibilities to achieve this goal because legislation across the European Economic Area (EEA) has been harmonised.

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