Privacy & cookies policy

Last updated: May 2018

For persons located in the EEA: The EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) is in force from 25 May 2018. The GDPR amends and updates the rights you have in relation to your personal data, and what companies that process your personal data are permitted and required to do. It also requires that we provide you with the following information in addition to that which you have already received: This supplemental notice supersedes any information you have already received from us. 


  • The GDPR introduces new and extended rights in relation to your personal data beyond those already highlighted to you. These are: 
  • The right to rectify, or erase any wrong or incomplete personal data that Abbott holds about you;
  • The right to access the personal data that Abbott holds about you;
  • The right, in some cases, to object to the processing of your personal data on legitimate grounds;
  • The right not to be subjected to automated decision making intended to evaluate certain personal aspects relating to you, such as analytics based on conduct. Please refer to the cookies section of the privacy notice for more information on how to exercise this right if it is indicated that cookies are being used;
  • Where you have provided your personal data to us with your consent or as part of a contract, the right to the portability of that personal data to another person or, if it’s technically feasible for us to do so, to another company;
  • The right to lodge a complaint with your national data protection supervisory authority or to receive compensation for any damage you suffer; and
  • The right to withdraw your consent to Abbott’s processing of your personal data without detriment, where you have provided consent for Abbott to process your personal data.


International transfers - We transfer your personal data outside of the European Economic Area (“EEA”) to third countries which do not offer the same level of protection as required by the EEA. In order to safeguard your personal data we will only make such transfers on the basis of (i) a decision of the European Commission that permits this, or (ii) subject to EU-approved Standard Contractual Clauses. Please note, Abbott has entered into data transfer agreements based on the EU Standard Contractual Clauses to transfer your personal data from the EEA to third countries, which includes the United States. To access or receive a copy of the EU Standard Contractual Clauses which we use to export your personal data from the EEA, please contact our EU DPO (details below). 

Storage -Your personal data will be stored for as long as it is needed to provide you with (i) the Abbott service or product that you have requested; and/or (ii) access to our websites and services. Alternatively, your personal data will also be stored for as long as we require it to respond to your queries and concerns or in accordance with any legal requirements, including those in relation to product or medical device safety. For further information please contact your local customer care or the EU-DPO office using the details below.

Why we need your data -The provision of personal data to Abbott is required to fulfil the terms of a contract you have with Abbott, to provide you with a product or service you have requested, to comply with local laws, such as those relating to product or medical device safety. Any failure to provide such personal data will mean that Abbott cannot provide you with the product or service you have requested.

Customer care, queries and issues: please follow Abbott’s normal recommended channels.

This privacy & cookies policy applies to ("the Site"), which is intended only for member healthcare professionals. It does not apply to any other website that does not link to this privacy & cookies policy.
This privacy & cookies policy is designed to tell you about our practices regarding  collection,  use, and disclosure  of information  that you may provide  via the Site. Abbott is concerned about privacy issues and wants you to be familiar with how we collect, use, and disclose information.
By providing personal information  to us or by using the Site, you agree to the terms and conditions  of this Privacy Policy. Please read this entire privacy & cookies policy before using or submitting information to this site.

The terms "personal data", "data controller" and "process/processing" hereinafter used shall have the same meaning as defined in the European Directive 95/46/EC.

Collection and utilization

Personal data, i.e. Data that can be used to draw conclusions about you, such as your name and your e-mail address, will only be collected if you actively make these available to us by, e.g. communicating with us via e-mail, give feedback or fill in forms and send them to us. You will be informed at each point where this website collects personal data from you, which information we urgently need in order to offer our services, and which information you can voluntarily add. All personal data transmitted to us will be treated confidentially and will not be forwarded to third parties, unless this is your consent or an official order. Third parties in this sense are service providers not commissioned with data processing.

To conduct business with customers, suppliers, business partners and their employees, Abbott collects and processes their personal information, such as:

  • IP address
  • Date and time of the request
  • Time Zone Difference to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
  • Content of the requirement (concrete page)
  • Access Status / HTTP status code
  • Éach transmitted amount of data
  • Website from which the request comes
  • Browser
  • Operating system and its interface
  • Language and version of the browser software

The laws of Belgium will control the terms provided in this privacy & cookies policy, to the extent  that the laws of Belgium  are not overridden  by applicably mandatory law, e.g. consumer  protection  laws applying to you. If a court of competent jurisdiction finds that any provision of this privacy & cookies policy is invalid or unenforceable, you agree that the other provisions  of this privacy & cookies policy will remain in full force and effect.

This site is owned by Abbott Vascular International BVBA, located  at Park Lane, Culliganlaan  2B, 1831 Diegem, Belgium, which is therefore the Data Controller of this site.

By using this site, you agree with the terms of this privacy & cookies policy. Whenever you submit  information via this site, you consent to the collection, use, and disclosure of that information in accordance with this privacy & cookies policy.

This site is not intended for children under the age of 13. We will not knowingly collect information from site visitors in this age group. We encourage parents to talk to their children about their use of the Internet and the information they disclose to web sites.

Some areas of this site may ask you to submit personally identifiable information (that is, personal data) in order for you to register on this site or for you to request further information and so on. You will be informed  what information is required and what information is optional.

Abbott Web Sites use "session" cookies. Session cookies are temporary bits of information that are erased once you exit your web browser window or otherwise turn your computer off. Session cookies are used, for example, to improve navigation on our web sites, block visitors from providing information where inappropriate (the site "remembers" previous entries of age or country of origin that were outside the specified parameters and blocks subsequent changes) and to collect aggregated statistical information. Abbott Web Sites use "persistent" cookies. Persistent cookies are more permanent bits of information that are placed on the hard drive of your computer and stay there unless you delete the cookie. Persistent cookies store information on your computer for a number of purposes, such as retrieving certain information you have previously provided (e.g., passwords), helping to determine what areas of the web site visitors find most valuable, and customizing the web site based on your preferences on an ongoing basis. Persistent cookies placed by this site on your computer may hold personally identifiable information, but only if you have registered or have otherwise consented to the retention of personally identifiable information you have provided at the site. Otherwise our site's server only knows that an unidentified visitor with your cookies has returned to the site.A "cookie" is a file that our webserver may send to your computer when you access an Abbott website. This file is then stored on your computer. After you have entered personal information into a form or data field on an Abbott Web Site, Abbott may use cookies and certain other technologies to allow that Web site to "remember" your personal preferences, such as sections of that Web site that you visit frequently and, if you choose, your user ID.Passive information collection technologies can make your use of the Web Site easier by allowing Abbott to provide better service, customize sites based on consumer preferences, compile statistics, analyse trends, and otherwise administer and improve Abbott Web Sites. Certain features of Abbott Web Sites may not work without use of passive information collection technologies.You can also learn more about cookies by visiting have been provided with preference questions or boxes allowing you to indicate that you do not want that web site to use cookies or other tracking technologies that are not necessary to the operation of the site. If you choose to exercise this opt-out option, the functionality of the site may be reduced as a result.Some Internet browsers allow you to limit or disable the use of cookies and other tracking technologies. Please refer to the information provided by your Internet browser for instructions on how to do so (generally found under a "Help" menu).

Use of Google Analytics

On this website, the controller has integrated the component of Google Analytics (with the anonymizer function). Google Analytics is a web analytics service. Web analytics is the collection, gathering, and analysis of data about the behavior of visitors to websites. A web analysis service collects, inter alia, data about the website from which a person has come (the so-called referrer), which sub-pages were visited, or how often and for what duration a sub-page was viewed. Web analytics are mainly used for the optimization of a website and in order to carry out a cost-benefit analysis of Internet advertising.

For the web analytics through Google Analytics the controller uses the application "_gat. _anonymizeIp". By means of this application the IP address of the Internet connection of the data subject is abridged by Google and anonymised when accessing our websites from a Member State of the European Union or another Contracting State to the Agreement on the European Economic Area.

The purpose of the Google Analytics component is to analyze the traffic on our website. Google uses the collected data and information, inter alia, to evaluate the use of our website and to provide online reports, which show the activities on our websites, and to provide other services concerning the use of our Internet site for us.

Google Analytics places a cookie on the information technology system of the data subject. The definition of cookies is explained above. With the setting of the cookie, Google is enabled to analyze the use of our website. With each call-up to one of the individual pages of this Internet site, which is operated by the controller and into which a Google Analytics component was integrated, the Internet browser on the information technology system of the data subject will automatically submit data through the Google Analytics component for the purpose of online advertising and the settlement of commissions to Google. During the course of this technical procedure, the enterprise Google gains knowledge of personal information, such as the IP address of the data subject, which serves Google, inter alia, to understand the origin of visitors and clicks, and subsequently create commission settlements.

The cookie is used to store personal information, such as the access time, the location from which the access was made, and the frequency of visits of our website by the data subject. With each visit to our Internet site, such personal data, including the IP address of the Internet access used by the data subject, will be transmitted to Google in the United States of America. These personal data are stored by Google in the United States of America. Google may pass these personal data collected through the technical procedure to third parties.

The data subject may, as stated above, prevent the setting of cookies through our website at any time by means of a corresponding adjustment of the web browser used and thus permanently deny the setting of cookies. Such an adjustment to the Internet browser used would also prevent Google Analytics from setting a cookie on the information technology system of the data subject. In addition, cookies already in use by Google Analytics may be deleted at any time via a web browser or other software programs.

In addition, the data subject has the possibility of objecting to a collection of data that are generated by Google Analytics, which is related to the use of this website, as well as the processing of this data by Google and the chance to preclude any such. For this purpose, the data subject must download a browser add-on under the link and install it. This browser add-on tells Google Analytics through a JavaScript, that any data and information about the visits of Internet pages may not be transmitted to Google Analytics. The installation of the browser add-ons is considered an objection by Google. If the information technology system of the data subject is later deleted, formatted, or newly installed, then the data subject must reinstall the browser add-ons to disable Google Analytics. If the browser add-on was uninstalled by the data subject or any other person who is attributable to their sphere of competence, or is disabled, it is possible to execute the reinstallation or reactivation of the browser add-ons.

Third Party Information: Google Dublin, Google Ireland Ltd., Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland, Fax: +353 (1) 436 1001.
Terms of Use: Privacy Policy:, and the privacy policy: http: // //

Use of Google Maps
(1) On this website we use the offer of Google Maps. This allows us to show you interactive maps directly in the website and allow you to conveniently use the map feature. 

(2) By visiting the website, Google receives the information that you have accessed the corresponding subpage of our website. In addition, the data specified under "Personal data> Collection and recovery" of this declaration will be transmitted. This is done regardless of whether Google provides a user account that you are logged in to, or if there is no user account. When you're logged in to Google, your data will be assigned directly to your account. If you do not wish to be associated with your profile on Google, you must log out before activating the button. Google stores your data as usage profiles and uses them for purposes of advertising, market research and / or tailor-made website design. Such an evaluation is done in particular (even for users who are not logged in) to provide appropriate advertising and to inform other users of the social network about their activities on our website. You have the right to object to the formation of these user profiles. To do so please direct yourself to Google.
(3) Further information on the purpose and scope of the data collection and its processing by the plug-in provider can be found in the provider's privacy policy. You can also find more information about your rights and privacy settings here: Google also processes your personal information in the United States and has submitted to the EU-US Privacy Shield, Framework.

Integration of videos via Vimeo
Due to the integration of the video it comes - for technical reasons - to request on the servers of Vimeo. For the associated use of data from your browser or device refer to the respective privacy policy of the provider. The privacy notices of Vimeo can be found here:

Except as otherwise  stated, we may use and process personal data collected via this website for the following purposes:
a .  to improve  the content of our site,
b.  to customise  the site to your preferences,  and/or
c.  to communicate information to you (if you have requested  it), for our marketing and research  purposes,  and for answering your other requests (if any), and/or
d.  to send you important information regarding our relationship with you or regarding  the Site, for example  changes to our terms, conditions,  and policies  and/or  other administrative information.
In addition, we may make full use of all information  acquired  through  this site that is not in personally  identifiable form. If you provide  personally  identifiable  information  to this site, we may combine  such information  with other actively  collected information  unless we specify otherwise  at the point of collection.

We may also use information  from or about you for our business purposes, such as data analysis, audits, developing new products, enhancing our website, improving our products and services, identifying Site usage trends, personalizing your experience  on the Site by presenting products and offers tailored  to you, and determining the effectiveness of our promotional campaigns.
We may also disclose information  collected through  the Site:
to our affiliates  for the purposes  described  in this privacy & cookies policy. A list of our affiliates  is available  here: Abbott is the party responsible  for the management  of the jointly -used Personal  Information; to our third party service providers  who provide  services such as website  hosting and moderating,  mobile application  hosting, data analysis,  infrastructure provision,  IT services,  customer  service, e-mail and direct mail delivery  services,  auditing  services,  and other services,  in order to enable them to provide  services;  and
to a third party in the event of any reorganization, merger,  sale, joint venture, assignment,  transfer,  or other disposition  of all or any portion of our business,  assets, or stock (including  in connection  with any bankruptcy  or similar  proceedings).
In addition, we use and disclose information collected through the Site as we believe to be necessary  or appropriate: (a) as permitted  by applicable  law, including laws outside your country of residence;  (b) to comply with legal process; (c) to respond  to requests from public and government  authorities,  including public and government  authorities outside your country of residence;  (d) to enforce  our terms and conditions;  (e) to protect our operations  or those of any of our affiliates;  (f) to protect our rights,  privacy, safety, or property,  and/or  that of our affiliates, you, or others; and (g) to allow us to pursue available  remedies  or limit the damages  that we may sustain.  We may also use and disclose information  collected through  the Site in other ways, with your consent.  We may also use and disclose information  we collect  passively as described  above, under “Cookies,” and for any other purpose,  except  where we are required  to do otherwise  under applicable  law (for example, if we are required  to treat such information  as personal information). In addition, we may use and disclose information  that
is not in personally  identifiable  form for any purpose.  If we combine  information  that is not in personally identifiable  form with information  that is (such as combining  your name with your geographical  location),  we will treat the combined  information  as personal information  as long as it is combined.

This site may contain links or references  to other Web sites to which this privacy & cookies policy  does not apply. We encourage you to read the privacy & cookies policy of every Web site you visit.

We use reasonable organizational, technical,  and administrative measures  to protect personal information  under our control. Unfortunately, no data transmission  over the Internet or data storage system can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. If you have reason to believe  that your interaction with us is no longer secure, please immediately notify us of the problem by contacting us in accordance with the “Contact  Us” section below.

You can edit the personal information you have provided  to us in the “My Preference” section of the Site. If you would like to review, correct, update, or delete the personal information that you have provided  via the Site, please send an e-mail with your request We will try to comply with your request as soon as reasonably practicable.


We retain your personal information for the period necessary to fulfil the purposes outlined in this privacy & cookies policy, unless a longer retention period is required  or allowed by law or to otherwise fulfil a legal obligation.

Your personal information may be stored and processed in the EEA and Switzerland where we have facilities or service providers, and by using our Site or by providing consent to us (where required by law), you agree to the transfer of information to countries outside of your country of residence within that region.

We may change this privacy & cookies policy. Please take a look at the “Last Updated”  legend  at the top of this page to see when this privacy & cookies policy  was last revised.  Any changes to this privacy & cookies policy  will become effective  when we post the revised  privacy & cookies policy  on the Site. Your use of the Site following  these changes means that you accept the revised privacy & cookies policy.

Data Protection Officer: if you have any queries in relation to the processing of your personal data please contact our EU DPO at, or by post, at:

Abbott Vascular International BVBA - Park Lane, Culliganlaan 2B, 1831 Diegem, Belgium

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