Competences and organisation of the Health Section

The competences of the Health Section have been established by article 46 and following of the Act of 15 January 1991 on the establishment and organisation of a Crossroads Bank for Social Security, articles 5, 9, 10 and 11 of the Act of 21 August 2008 on the establishment and organisation of the eHealth platform, article 42 of the Act of 13 December 2006 on several provisions regarding health, articles 279 and 285 of the Programme Act of 24 December 2002 and article 156 of the Act of 24 April 1996 on social provisions.

The Health Section has the power to:

  • ensure respect of the regulations regarding the protection of health-related personal data and formulate recommendations in this context;
  • issue opinions regarding information security in health-related personal data processing operations;
  • grant authorisations for the communication of health-related personal data:
    • communication to third parties of data relating to the medical activities of hospitals;
    • links to and communication of data in the Cancer Register;
    • communication of health data, except for:
      • communication between healthcare professionals in the context of a treatment;
      • communication as provided for by law, following the opinion of the Privacy Commission;
      • communication the Social Security Section is competent for;
      • communication that has been exempted by the King, following the opinion of the Privacy Commission;
    • communication of personal data by or to the eHealth platform except for:
      • communication the Social Security Section is competent for;
      • communication that has been exempted pursuant to a legal or regulatory provision;
      • communication that has been exempted by the King, following the opinion of the Privacy Commission;
      • communication of encoded personal data pursuant to article 5, 8° of the eHealth Act.
    • communication of personal data:
      • by the IMA (an agency for data exchange between various Belgian healthcare insurance institutions) (excluding the "Permanent Sample", i.e. a group of individuals whose healthcare expenses are monitored over the years);
      • by the Federal Public Service of Public Health and the INAMI (the National Healthcare Insurance Institution) to the Belgian Healthcare Knowledge Centre;
      • to third parties by the Technical Department for the processing of data related to hospitals.
  • deal with complaints and resolve disputes regarding information security breaches in the processing of health-related personal data;
  • carry out certain investigations.

The committee draws up an annual activity report, which is included in the Privacy Commission's general annual report.

The Health Section of the Sector Committee of Social Security and Health is located at the offices of the Crossroads Bank for Social Security, Chaussée Saint-Pierre 375, 1040 Brussels.

 +32 (0)2 741 83 11