Sep 25 – 29, 2023
Centro de Ciencias de Benasque
Europe/Madrid timezone

A blockchain-based Consent Management System for life science data management

Sep 26, 2023, 11:55 AM
Centro de Ciencias de Benasque

Centro de Ciencias de Benasque

Av. de Francia, 17, 22440   Benasque Huesca, Spain   42.603194, 0.523222
Presentation (15' + 5' for questions) Development of innovative software and services IBERGRID


Barbara Martelli (INFN - CNAF)


One of the main obstacles in collecting data for life science today is the compliance with GDPR. Among the others, the requirement of managing the Informed Consent in a lawful, transparent and auditable way is one of the open issues that Trusted Research Environments must address. Today many hospitals and research organizations exploit some kind of Consent Management System (CMS), usually purchased as a SaaS product by a commercial provider. This solution suffers from some drawbacks like the need to trust a third party about the correct management of consent data.

To overcome the trustworthiness issue, we have designed and developed an open-source, blockchain-based Informed Consent Management System which offers patients and data subjects the possibility to provide, modify or deny their consent of using their personal datasets in some research, without the need of any intermediate authority in the middle.

In this talk we’ll describe the rationale and the main design choices we made. We’ll provide details about the technology exploited and about our proof-of-concept deployment on INFN DataCloud environment.

Primary author

Barbara Martelli (INFN - CNAF)


Alessandro Costantini (INFN) Ana Velimirović (INFN and Bologna University) Davide Salomoni (Fondazione ICSC) Luca Giommi (INFN)

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