The Allergy & Asthma Institute Pakistan

COVID-19 Nasal Wash Study Pakistan

Could a simple salt water solution lessen symptoms of COVID-19 and help people get better faster?

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

This document explains how we comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (adapted from the Regulation (EU) 2016/679.
Privacy Statement: Please also note that this complies with the Personal Data Privacy Act 2020 of the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication, Government of Pakistan, which explains what we do with the information we hold about you, how you can request access to this personal data, and other data rights.

The Allergy and Asthma Institute, Pakistan (AAIP) is responsible for managing the data for the project entitled Hypertonic Saline Nasal Irrigation and Gargles (HSNIG) for COVID-19, on behalf of RESPIRE, Usher Institute, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK, funded by the National Institute of Health research (NIHR), United Kingdom.

We will be using information from you and your medical records (which you will permit) in order to undertake these studies and will act as the data controller for this study. This means that we are responsible for looking after your information and using it properly.

The AAIP will keep identifiable information about you for 3 years after the study has finished, and we may approach you to extend this.

How will we use information about you?

We, the AAIP, will need to use information from you, or from your medical records, including from your local physician, hospital records and other health-related central records for this research project, subject to your permission.

This information may include your

People will use this information to do the research or to check your records to make sure that the research is being done properly.
People who do not need to know who you are will not be able to see your name, CNIC number, date of birth or contact details (which are your “personal identifiable information”). Your data will have a code number instead.
We will keep all information about you safe and secure, and in a way that cannot be read by anyone (encrypted).
Some of your information, but not your personal identifiable information, will be sent to the University of Edinburgh, and maybe to other countries worldwide. They must follow our rules about keeping your information safe.
Once we have finished the study, we will keep some of the data so we can check the results. We will write our reports in a way that no-one can work out that you took part in the study.

What are your choices about how your information is used?

Where can you find out more about how your information is used? 4

You can find out more about how we use your information