The 25 May 2018 deadline for compliance with the new rules in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is fast approaching. We have developed a suite of support materials and resources to help your organisation understand and comply with the GDPR.

GDPR in Brief Series

Exclusive to MRS Members and Accredited Company Partners, our data privacy experts have produced the GDPR in Brief Series for interpreting the regulation in the context of the insight sector.

The series includes:

  • GDPR in Brief No.1 – Overview of Data Protection Reform
  • GDPR In Brief No.2 – Compliance Checklist
  • GDPR In Brief No.3 - Data Processors
  • GDPR In Brief No.4 - Data Protection Officer
  • GDPR In Brief No.5 - Informed Consent
  • GDPR In Brief No.6 - Informed Consent Checklist 
  • GDPR In Brief No.7 - Transparent Privacy Information Notices

You can access the GDPR in Brief Series here:

For Individual Membership access click here.
For Company Partner access click here.

GDPR General Guidance


Available to all research practitioners, we have produced GDPR Guidance Note, interpreting the legal grounds for processing personal data for research purposes

 >>DOWNLOAD: GDPR Guidance Note: Legal grounds for using personal data for research purposes (PDF)

Training and webinars

As well as the GDPR In Brief guides, MRS also has a range of events and training to help support you and your team with the new legislation.

GDPR and Data Privacy in Research - 21 May
One day training course. This is now full  - if you want to be added to the wait list, please email 

GDPR Standards WebinarOn the Starting Blocks, GDPR Q&A with MRS Standards Team - 27 March
Free event exclusive for MRS Individual Members. Our standards team who will answer your top GDPR questions and help you prepare for the changes in the data protection landscape in our live interactive webinar for MRS Individual members. Book your place here.

GDPR Masterclass: Transparent Research Projects - 10 April
This is now full  - if you want to be added to the wait list, please email  
Free event exclusive to MRS Company Partners. Our Standards team will discuss best practice in different types of research projects and protecting the rights of data subjects in research projects. It will also address approaches to conducting Data Protection Impact Assessments and Legitimate Interest Assessments in a research context. Due to popularity, bookings are limited to one person per Company Partner organisation.

MRS Roadshows

The MRS team are on the road again in 2018, presenting at our Roadshow events around the UK. For members and Company Partners, these informal events are a great way to find out  the latest advice on GDPR and data protection. Find a Roadshow near you.

Fair Data trust mark

Don’t forget MRS also offers Fair Data - an accreditation trust mark that allows companies to showcase best practice in data protection. It can help guide you towards GDPR compliance. Plus there are useful resources on the GDPR including:

See the Fair Data compliance timeline
Read Fair Data GDPR blogs

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