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Breast and Cosmetic Implant Registry (BCIR): GDPR information


Why and how we process your data in the Breast and Cosmetic Implant Registry (BCIR) system, and your rights.

Controller NHS Digital
How we use the information (processing activities) Collection of details of all breast implant procedures completed in England and Scotland by both the NHS and private providers. This data is collected to record the details of any individual, who has breast implant surgery for any reason, so that they can be traced in the event of a product recall or other safety concern relating to a specific type of implant. The registry may also allow us to identify any possible issues relating to specific implants.
Does this contain sensitive (special category) data such as health information? Yes
Who are recipients of this data?


Is data transferred outside the UK? No
How long the data is kept 8 years minimum after no longer required
Our lawful basis for holding this data Legal obligation
Your rights
  • Tick Be informed
  • Tick Get access to it
  • Tick Rectify or change it
  • Cross Erase or remove it
  • Tick Restrict or stop processing it
  • Cross Move, copy or transfer it
  • Cross Object to it being processed or used
  • Cross Know if a decision was made by a computer rather than a person
How can you withdraw your consent?

Consent is not the basis of processing.

Is the data subject to decisions made solely by computers? (automated decision making) No
Where does this data come from? NHS trusts and independent cosmetic surgery providers submit data to the Clinical Audit Platform.
The legal basis for collecting this data

Legal obligation (NHS Scotland Directions and Secretary of State Directions) and management of health and social care systems

Where NHS Digital uses this data