Requirements for Information Communication (2007 Edition)

Collection of information

Page last updated: 14 January 2008

Standards

S1.2
The laboratory must only collect health information about an individual that is necessary for the laboratory’s functions and where the individual has given consent. However, there are circumstances where health information may be collected without the consent of the individual (see G1.2 below).
S1.3
Where it is reasonable and practicable to do so, health information about an individual must be collected only from that individual, or from a person who is responsible for that individual, or from the referring medical practitioner.
S1.4
The laboratory must take reasonable steps to ensure that the individual is aware of any health information collected, including tests to be performed, and that the individual can request access to such information.

Guidelines

G1.2
Health information about an individual may be collected without the consent of that individual when the information:
(a) will provide a health service to the individual and the individual is incapable of giving consent
(b) will prevent or lessen a serious and imminent threat to the life, health, welfare or safety of any individual
(c) will establish or defend a legal or equitable claim
(d) is part of a family medical history, social medical history or is other relevant information about an individual that is collected to provide a health service to a person (including the individual), and is collected by a health service provider from either the person who is to receive the service or from a relative or carer of the individual.
G1.3
Where it is not reasonable or practicable to collect health information from an individual due to age or infirmity, such information may be collected from the parent, guardian or carer of the individual.
G.1.4
Individuals should be given the name and contact information of the laboratory in order to access their health information.