Praxis Elevates Focus on Data Privacy and Protection with Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Cross-Border Privacy Rules (APEC CBPR) System Certification

Buffalo, NYPraxis Communications, a full-service patient recruitment agency that specializes in optimizing patient enrollment for research studies, has completed its certification under the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Cross-Border Privacy Rules (APEC CBPR) System, a member-backed data privacy certification that bridges differing national privacy laws. Companies can complete certification to demonstrate their accountability within the APEC region.

As one of only a few companies worldwide – and the first small businesses in the US – to meet the APEC Privacy Framework requirements, Praxis maintains its commitment to protecting the privacy of clients, sponsors and patients with regard to the cross-border flows of personal information.

“We are proud to accomplish the APEC CBPR certification, which represents our commitment to protect and secure personal information that we collect and process on behalf of our clients,” said John Fletcher, director of IT and the company’s data protection officer for Praxis. “It is imperative today to be able to demonstrate a high level of compliance to protect not only our clients across the globe but also the sensitive data we collect and process in those APEC member economies.” Currently, eight economies participate in APEC: USA, Mexico, Japan, Canada, Singapore, the Republic of Korea, Australia and Chinese Taipei.

In order to obtain certification, Praxis had been required to follow a robust list of privacy policies and practices within the APEC Privacy Framework, which were reviewed and verified by accountability agent TRUSTe, a wholly owned subsidiary of privacy compliance technology company, TrustArc.

In addition to its APEC certification, Praxis participates in and has certified its compliance with the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework for all onward transfers of personal data from the EU. Praxis also complies with the requirements of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

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About Praxis Communications

Praxis Communications provides focused patient recruitment and retention solutions to the world’s leading pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device companies. As each trial is unique, so is each Praxis patient recruitment program. Founded in 2002, Praxis is headquartered in Buffalo, NY. For more information, visit

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