Препоръка No. R (97) 5 относно защитата на медицинската информация
(Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 13 February 1997 at the 584th meeting of the Minsters' Deputies)

The Committee of Ministers, under the terms of Article 15.b of the Statute of the Council of Europe,

Considering that the aim of the Council of Europe is to achieve a greater unity between its members;
Recalling the general principles on data protection in the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data (European Treaty Series, No. 108) and in particular its Article 6 which stipulates that personal data concerning health may not be processed automatically unless domestic law provides appropriate safeguards;
Aware of the increasing use of automatic processing of medical data by information systems, not only for medical care, medical research, hospital management and public health but also outside the health-care sector;
Convinced of the importance of the quality, integrity and availability of medical data for the health of the data subject and his family;
Aware that progress in medical science is dependent to a great extent on the availability of medical data on individuals;
Convinced that it is desirable to regulate the collection and processing of medical data, to safeguard the confidentiality and security of personal data regarding health, and to ensure that they are used subject to the rights and fundamental freedoms of the individual, and in particular the right to privacy;
Aware that progress made in medical science and developments in information technology since 1981 have made it necessary to revise various provisions in Recommendation No. R (81) 1 on regulations for automated medical data banks,

Recommends that the governments of member states:

- take steps to ensure that the principles contained in the appendix to this recommendation are reflected in their law and practice;

- ensure wide circulation of the principles contained in the appendix to this recommendation among persons professionally involved in the collection and processing of medical data;

Decides that this recommendation will replace Recommendation No. R (81) 1 on regulations for automated medical data banks.