Our first edition of 2022 focuses on Healthcare and Life Sciences. It is a sector that will once again have the spotlight on it this year as we continue to tackle COVID-19 and its subsequent variants. While the pandemic continues to challenge the sector, governments across the region forge ahead with their plans to expand and upgrade healthcare systems and develop robust world-class healthcare infrastructure.
For the region, healthcare is a vital pillar in diversifying its economies, both locally and as medical tourism hubs. To underpin this, healthcare authorities across the region continue to implement frameworks and regulations that provide structure and accountability.
In this edition, you have unique access to great insights and expert commentary on a number of pertinent healthcare regulatory developments. You will find a topical mix of articles; for example, our lawyers discuss vaccines and returning to work during the pandemic. They take you through several other areas, including stem cell research in Bahrain, clinical research laws in Egypt, and Saudi medical device and pharmaceutical laws.Take a read of the edition
The ADGM has published two new rules supplementing the Data Protection Regulations of 2021 (“DPR 2021”): (i) Data Protection Regulations (“Fees”) Rules 2021 (“Fees Rules”); and (ii) Data Protection Regulations (“Fines”) Rules 2021 (“Fines Rules”) on 25 July 2021.
As per Article 24 of the DPR 2021, Controller is required to pay to the Commissioner a Data Protection Fee before it starts its data processing activities and subsequently pay a Renewal fee on every anniversary of its processing activities. The Fees Rules sets out this Data Protection Fee and Renewal Fee which is USD 300 each.
Further, Article 56 of the DPR 2021 states that the Commissioner may impose a fine where a Controller fails to pay the Data Protection Fee or the Renewal Fee in accordance with Section 24 of the DPR. Such fines have been determined by the Fines Rules which states that a fine of up to a maximum of 750 (USD) for a failure to pay the Data Protection Fee and a fine of up to a maximum of 250 (USD) for failure to pay the Renewal Fee.
The Fees Rules and Fines Rules will come into effect from the date of DPR 2021 that is:
As the leading law firm in the Middle East & North Africa region and with a reputable and dedicated regional data privacy practice, Al Tamimi & Company is well placed to assist you all matters relating to Data Protection and Privacy. Please reach out to our team if you have any queries.