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United Kingdom Homecare Association
The professional association for homecare providers

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Guidance to the health and care sector - UK-EU Trade and Co-operation AgreementGuidance to the health and care sector - UK-EU Trade and Co-operation Agreement

UKHCA emailed members in December about data adequacy, and preparations for the end of the EU transition period. Subsequently, a raft of guidance has been issued.

Health Minister Edward Argar wrote to the health and social care sectors on 30 December 2020 about the new UK-EU Trade and Co-operation Agreement and the government's preparations for 1 January 2021.The letter covers continuity of supply, reciprocal healthcare, health security and science, data and professional qualifications.

Letter to the health and care sector about the UK-EU Trade and Co-operation Agreement

Guidance for the health and care sector from 1 January 2021

New guidance has also been issued on using personal data in your business or other organisation. This sets outs what action you need to take regarding data protection and data flows with the EU/EEA, following concerns about data adequacy.

Using personal data in your business or other organisation - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

The guidance states the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement contains a bridging mechanism that allows the continued free flow of personal data from the EU/EEA to the UK after the transition period until adequacy decisions come into effect, for up to 6 months. EU adequacy decisions for the UK would allow for the ongoing free flow of data from the EEA to the UK. As a sensible precaution, before and during the bridging mechanism, it is recommended that you work with EU/EEA organisations who transfer personal data to you to put in place alternative transfer mechanisms to safeguard against any interruption to the free flow of EU to UK personal data.

Separately, new guidance has been issued on reporting to the National Supply Disruption Response, the last resort if there is disruption to supplies.

Reporting to the National Supply Disruption Response (NSDR)

There is updated guidance on accessing healthcare for citizens from EU countries, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland living in or moving to the UK at:

Healthcare for EU citizens living in or moving to the UK

There is a guidance on how the border with the EU will work here:

The Border Operating Model - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)


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