Joint Research Office


SLMS awarded for safe use of data

1 September 2014

UCL School of Life and Medical Sciences (SLMS) have been awarded the internationally recognised ISO 27001 certificate for its safe use of patient and research data.

ISO 27001 is an independent information security standard aimed at providing assurance that the confidentiality, integrity and availability of data are protected when using the 'Data Safe Haven' - a secure physical location to ensure confidential personal information is communicated safely and securely.

Research within SLMS often relies on collecting and analysing sensitive personal information. This information must be handled ethically and within the law.

Professor Graham Hart, Dean of the Faculty of Population Health Sciences and SLMS Senior Information Risk Owner, said: "The successful award of ISO 27001 sends a clear message that UCL is committed to the proper management of sensitive data. Our reputation for cutting edge research depends on securing and maintaining the trust of those who agree to the analysis of their personal information.

"Colleagues using sensitive data can be sure they are working in an environment that is fit for purpose, has been subject to rigorous external scrutiny and independent audit. It gives UCL a competitive edge in this area that few UK universities can match. The IT for SLMS team is to be congratulated on the last three years of hard work that has delivered this superb outcome."

The Data Safe Haven is supported by information governance advisory and training services. These services are available to anyone working in the SLMS and provide expert guidance for any researcher working with sensitive data. More details can be found on the IT for SLMS website www.ucl.ac.uk/isd/itforslms/services/handling-sens-data