Privacy Policy for Healthcare Professionals

Apellis International GmbH
Dated: December 4, 2023

Please read this Privacy Policy, as it contains important information about how we collect, manage, use and protect your personal data through this website (the “Site”). It also describes your data protection rights and how to exercise them. Kindly, check this policy frequently to ensure you are aware of the most recent version and the date that it was last updated.

Who we are

Apellis International GmbH, based at Zählerweg 10, 6300 Zug, Switzerland, (“we”, “us” and “our”) as the data controller responsible for this website recognizes the importance of and is committed to respecting and protecting your privacy. This Privacy Policy applies to our collection and use of personal information through our Site.

What personal data we collect about you:

  • Data that your browser transmits to our server (so-called ‘’server log files’’), when using our website.
  • Data technically necessary for us to display the website to you (date and time at the moment of access, amount of data sent in bytes, source/reference from which you came to the page, browser used, operating system used, IP address used), when you visit our website.
  • Contact Data full name, email address, street address, ZIP code, state, country, phone number
  • Professional Data: Occupation, specialty, salutation, organization name, institution, HCP type
  • Health information: Disease state
  • Any personal information included by the HCP in the medical question area

Also, when you select the Medical Writing Grants in the ‘Medical Research’ area of our Site you should know that you will be redirected to an online form of a third-party Site ‘Smartsheet’ where the following data will be collected:

  • Treating Physician: full name, Institution, address, city, postal code, country, email, therapeutic area, and indication

Any linked websites are not under the control of Apellis and Apellis is not responsible for the content available on any other website linked to this website. For more information check Apellis Terms and Conditions

We collect this data from

Health Care Professionals (“You” or “HCPs”)

What are the legal basis for using your information

There are a number of lawful reasons for us to process your personal data

  1. One of these is called” legitimate interest” and means that we can process your personal data, if we have genuine and legitimate reason and we do not harm any of your rights and interests (Article 6 (1) point f of the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (EU GDPR) and the GDPR as amended, adopted and enacted in UK law (UK GDPR) . In particular, our legitimate interest is to a) improve the stability and functionality of the Site , b) facilitate the communication with HCPs c) arrange a meeting with a MSL (Medical Science Liaison). Whenever we process your personal data for our legitimate interest, we will consider and balance any potential impact on you and your rights under the applicable data protection legislation
  2. We are also required to Article 6 (1) point c of the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (EU GDPR) and the GDPR as amended, adopted and enacted in UK law (UK GDPR) to comply with our legal and regulatory obligations  including those relating to providing a medical information service and to safety & quality reporting or to establish and defend our legal rights.

Purposes for which we collect personal data

We process your personal data for the following purposes:

  • To remain compliant with our legal and regulatory obligations
  • To create a scientific exchange with Healthcare Professionals answering their medical questions and providing them with the information they request via the online form
  • To arrange a meeting with a MSL (Medical Science Liaison)
  • To ensure the stability and upgrade the functionality of the Site

We retain personal data:

We will hold your personal data on our systems for as long as necessary to fulfill the purposes, that we collected it for.

In circumstances where there are no such legal requirements to retain your personal data for a prescribed period of time, to determine the appropriate retention period, we will consider the amount, nature and sensitivity of the personal data, the potential risk or harm from unauthorized use or disclosure of personal data, the purposes for which we are processing your personal data and whether we can achieve those purposes through other means.

Who we might share your personal data with:

  • We may share your information with selected third parties, such as business partners, suppliers and sub-contractors, including IT service providers and website hosting companies, (internet) connectivity providers.

International data transfers

Αs Apellis is an international enterprise that consists of a numerous entities worldwide, the data that we collect from you may be transferred to, and stored at, a destination outside Europe for the purposes described in this policy. Apellis uses servers and other storage facilities in the EU and United States. Apellis may transfer personal information outside of its country of origin for the purposes, and in the manner, set out in this privacy policy, including for processing and storage by service providers and affiliates in connection with such purposes. In all situations, Apellis takes reasonable steps to ensure that your privacy is protected. Such steps include, but are not limited to, implementing privacy, security, and contractual controls, as well as steps noted in this privacy policy, as required by applicable law.

Apellis endeavors to obtain assurances from its service providers and affiliates that they will safeguard personal information consistent with this privacy policy. An example of appropriate assurances that may be provided by service providers and affiliates includes a contractual obligation that they provide at least the same level of protection as is required by Apellis’s privacy principles set out in this privacy policy. Where Apellis has knowledge that a service provider or affiliate is using or disclosing personal information in a manner contrary to this privacy policy, Apellis will take appropriate steps to prevent or stop the use or disclosure.

Security of your personal information

The security of your personal information is important to us. We take reasonable steps, including technical, administrative and physical safeguards, designed to protect the personal information submitted to us from loss, misuse and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration and destruction. Such measures may include but are not limited to: the encryption of communications via SSL, encryption of information while it is in storage, firewalls, access controls, separation of duties, and similar security protocols. However, no method of security or method of transmission over the Internet is entirely secure. You should always use caution when transmitting personal information over the Internet.

Your rights

You have a number of rights.

Your rights include:

  • You can access all your personally identifiable information that we collect online (right of access).
  • You may also demand the deletion of your personal data unless the applicable laws and regulations oblige us to store your personal data (right to be forgotten).
  • You have the right to request us to stop processing your personal data (right of restriction).
  • You can request to be provided with information about data which we store/process about you (right of information).
  • You have the right to object to the processing of your personal data (right to object/opt-out)
  • You have the right to have your data transferred to a third party (right to data portability).
  • You have the right to have your personal data updated and corrected (right of correction/rectification). You can correct factual errors in your personally identifiable information by sending us an email that credibly shows the error.

To protect your privacy and security, we will also take reasonable steps to verify your identity before making corrections.

Should you have other questions or concerns about this Privacy Policy or want to exercise your rights, please send an email to

If you are EU residents, you also have the right to lodge a complaint with your local supervisory authority available here:  Our Members | European Data Protection Board (; If you live in the UK or Switzerland you have the right to lodge a complaint with the competent authorities accordingly: Make a complaint | ICO or the

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy or concerns about the way Apellis processes your personal information, or require assistance in managing your privacy choices, please get in touch with us at:

Apellis International GmbH
Zählerweg 10, 6300 Zug, Switzerland

Our data protection officer can be contacted as follows:

Our EU Data Privacy Representative can be contacted as follows:
ALG Manousakis Law Firm,
16, Laodikias Str., Athens,
P.O. 11528, Greece

We may update or amend this policy at any time by posting the amended version on the Site.