Update – Good Scientific Practice Consultation

As advertised in the last edition of Vox, the Academy has established a timetable for the review of Good Scientific Practice in 2017. The review will take account of recent developments in science and health care, including for example the GMC’s latest guidance on confidentiality which came into effect on 25 April 2017.


The GMC guidance sets out the principles of confidentiality and respect for patients’ privacy that all doctors are expected to understand and follow. It also sets out the responsibilities of doctors for managing and protecting patient information. In addition, the GMC has outlined the framework for considering when to disclose patients’ personal information and has applied this framework to:


  1. disclosures to support the direct care of an individual patient;
  2. disclosures for the protection of patients and others;
  3. disclosures for all other purposes.


Further information on ‘Confidentiality: good practise in handling patient information (2017)’ is available at: