Privacy policy

At the Obstetric Anaesthetists' Association (OAA) we respect the privacy of our members and visitors to our website. We take our duty to process your personal data very seriously. This policy explains how we collect, manage, use and protect your personal information when you visit our website and/or if you're a contact, member, supplier, corporate partner or attend an OAA event.

The processing of personal data shall always be in line with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), The Data Protection Act 2018, and Privacy and Electronic Communication Regulations (PECR). Specific data protection declarations will be provided separately when booking onto the OAA's events, this will allow for the nuances of such event data processing to be communicated to you in a transparent manner.

We may change this document from time to time to reflect the latest view of what we do with your information. Please check back frequently; you will be able to see if changes have been made by the date it was last updated.

Refer to the sections below for more details on how and why we use your personal information.

If you have any questions about our privacy policy, please contact us at

The Obstetric Anaesthetists’ Association is a membership society for anaesthetists and other health professionals involved in caring for pregnant women in the UK and overseas. Our purpose is to improve the quality and safety of maternity care by promoting education, research and information. is the public information website of the Obstetric Anaesthetists' Association and is on open access website.

In this policy references to the OAA, or to 'we' or 'us' are to the Obstetric Anaesthetists' Association (OAA), which is registered as a charity in England and Wales no. 1111382 and as a company limited by guarantee no. 5540014 (England) at 21 Portland Place, London W1B 1PY.

We are registered as a data controller under registration number:  ZA094860 Obstetric Anaesthetists' Association

The Obstetric Anaesthetists' Association is a 'controller' of the personal data you provide to us. We will usually collect basic data about you like your name, postal address, telephone number, and email address when you apply for membership or to attend an event, and your bank details if you pay your membership subscription by Direct Debit.

Sometimes we will collect other information about you such as your gender and date of birth. We will be very clear with you that we wish to collect such information and our reason for collecting such information, and we would only do so with your specific consent and permission.

Why we need it

We collect information depending on the relationship we have with you but typically this would be:

  • When you apply for or renew your membership
  • When you purchase products, services, or attend events either online, over the phone, via fax, post or at an OAA event
  • When you create a registered user account for our website
  • When you set up a Direct Debit for membership payments
  • When you engage with us on social media
  • When you contact us by any means with queries, complaints etc
  • When you ask one of our team to email you information about a membership or other products and services we offer
  • When you register for any kind of course or event with us When you apply for any grants, bursaries or awards
  • When you choose to complete any surveys we send to you Photographs and videos of delegates attending our events
  • If you attend our offices at 21 Portland Place, London W1B 1PY, your image may be recorded on our CCTV cameras that are operated for the security of both visitors and staff

The information is either needed to fulfil your request or to enable us to provide you with a more personalised service. You don't have to disclose any of this information to browse our website. However, if you choose to withhold requested information, we may not be able to provide you with certain services.

The personal data we collect may be used for the following purposes depending on the relationship we have with you:

  • Processing a membership application and ongoing essential membership related processing
  • Sending you information about the OAA, our activities, and campaigns and for marketing purposes (including via Facebook and other social media channels)
  • Processing a purchase that you have made
  • Responding to correspondence you have sent to us

We are committed to ensuring that the information we collect, and use, is appropriate for this purpose, and does not constitute an invasion of your privacy.

The legal basis we use under the General Data Protection Regulation for the processing of personal data:

  • Fulfilling our contractual obligations to you
  • Our legitimate interests as the Obstetric Anaesthetists' Association Your consent
  • Any legal requirement we may have

Processing to fulfil the membership contract

When you join as a member of the OAA, we use your personal information to provide the services you have paid for and subscribed to for the lifetime of your membership. We will create an online account for you linked to your email address. Data we hold will be used confidentially, and to help us run our services and keep you informed – for example to collect subscriptions, mail out publications, and let you know about conferences and events; or to fulfil legal or regulatory requirements if necessary.

We will use this account to send essential membership communications to you in regards to core member services you have paid for, including member events, access to voting and other membership benefits and services. Communications will be relevant, timely and not excessive.

The OAA will never sell, trade, rent, exchange or otherwise share your personal information with any other person, company or organisation unless necessary to fulfil our contractual responsibilities, we have a legal obligation to do so, or without gaining consent to do so.

Data security

The information you provide will be held securely by us and/or our data processors, whether the information is in electronic or physical format. We do not collect more information than we need to fulfil our stated purposes and will not retain it for longer than is necessary.

Email marketing

In relation to any email marketing that you may receive from us, either at your request or in any other circumstances, we may monitor whether you open and/or click on any links in such emails and we use various tracking techniques to measure the effectiveness of our email campaigns and tailor our communications to your interests. If you no longer wish to receive these emails, you can unsubscribe directly by following the instructions in the relevant communication.

However, there are some communications that we need to send that are essential to fulfil our promises to you as a member, or a buyer of goods or services from the Obstetric Anaesthetists' Association. Examples are:

  • Transaction messaging such as Direct Debit schedules, purchase confirmations and event booking confirmations
  • Membership related mailings such as subscription renewal reminders, the International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia (IJOA) and notice of any Annual General Meeting
  • Member benefit emails

Building profiles of members 

The OAA may make use of profiling and screening methods to produce relevant communications and provide a better experience for our members. Profiling can help us

target our resources more effectively through gaining an insight into the background of our members and helping us to build relationships that are appropriate to their interests.

If you do not wish your data to be used in any of the ways listed above or have questions about this, then please email


When you volunteer for the Obstetric Anaesthetists' Association, we will keep you up to date with the work that we are doing and events we are involved with. We will also let you know of any changes that might affect you volunteering with us and which you need to be aware of. We will only use this information in relation to your volunteering with us and while you remain a volunteer with us. By agreeing to volunteer, you are agreeing to us sending you emails about volunteering and your volunteer role.

Anything else?

All the personal data we process is processed by our staff in the UK and for the purposes of IT hosting and maintenance is normally situated within the European Economic Area (EEA). On occasions where it is necessary for this to be situated outside of the EEA it will be done in accordance with guidance issued by the Information Commissioner's Office.

If you would like to change the way you hear from us or no longer wish to receive direct marketing communications, then email or click the unsubscribe link on the email communication.

We have several lawful reasons that mean we can use (or 'process') your personal information. One lawful reason is something called your 'legitimate interests'. Broadly speaking legitimate interests means we can process your personal information if:

  • We have a genuine and legitimate reason and
  • We are not harming any of your rights and interests

When you provide your personal details to us, we use your information for our legitimate business interests to carry out our work to promote the highest standards of anaesthetic practice in the care of mother and baby and to educate and train anaesthetists and other health professionals, as well provide accurate information to the public about obstetric anaesthesia and pain relief. By doing this, though, we will also carefully consider and balance any potential impact on you and your rights.

Direct marketing is generally seen as an important tool, but we want to respect the wishes of recipients of our marketing. For this reason, we have undertaken a balancing test to compare our legitimate interests versus your interests and fundamental rights and freedoms, which require the protection of your personal data. We believe that the recipients of our marketing have a reasonable expectation that the OAA will store and process their personal data in this manner.

We will also hold information about you so that we can respect your preferences for being contacted by us.

There are certain circumstances, particularly regarding electronic marketing communications where we may need consent from you, to process your data. If this is the case, we will ensure that the consent you provide is by a clear affirmative act establishing a freely given, specific, informed and unambiguous indication of your agreement to the processing of personal data relating to you.

The OAA is monitoring future developments in EU electronic marketing regulation presently being debated and subject to change.

We only disclose information to third parties or individuals when obliged to by law, for purposes of national security, taxation, criminal investigations, professional regulatory body investigations and the following:

  • When we use other companies to provide services on our behalf e.g., mailing or delivering orders, sending mail and emails, providing access to apps, customer analysis, assessment and profiling, when using auditors/advisors or processing credit/ debit card payments
  • If we receive a complaint about any content you have posted or transmitted to or from one of our sites, to enforce or apply our terms and conditions or if we believe that we need to do so to protect and defend the rights, property or personal safety of the OAA, our websites or our visitors or for other lawful purposes
  • We may disclose aggregate statistics about our site visitors, members, customers and sales to describe our services and operations to prospective partners and other reputable third parties and for other lawful purposes, but these statistics won't include any personally identifying information
  • If we run an event in partnership with other named organisations your details may need to be shared. We will be very clear what will happen to your data when you register

We will never sell or rent your personal information to other organisations.

The Obstetric Anaesthetists' Association will share your personal data with third parties only for the purposes of essential sub-contracted processing. We will seek assurances that these contractors/processors have in place appropriate technical and organisational measures to safeguard the security of your data.

We hold your information only for as long as it is necessary for each purpose that we use it. This section will be updated with some examples of retention periods shortly.

Our website uses cookies, as almost all websites do, to help provide you with the best experience we can. Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or mobile phone when you browse websites.

Our cookies help us:

  • Make our website work as you'd expect
  • Remember your settings during and between visits Improve the speed/security of the site Continuously improve our website for you
  • Granting us permission to use cookies

We use cookies to compile visitor statistics such as how many people have visited our website, what type of technology they are using, how long they spend on the site, what page they look at, etc. This helps us to continuously improve our website. These analytics programs also tell us, on an anonymous basis, how people reached this site (e.g. from a search engine) and whether they have been here before, helping us to develop our services for you. Our site uses Google Analytics.

You can change your preferences by clicking this link: Cookie Preferences

At any point while we are in possession of or processing your personal data, you, the data subject has the following rights:

  • Right of access – you have the right to request a copy of the information that we hold about you free of charge
  • Right of rectification – you have the right to correct data that we hold about you that is inaccurate or incomplete
  • Right to be forgotten – in certain circumstances you can ask for the data we hold about you to be erased from our records
  • Right to restriction of processing – where certain conditions apply to have a right to restrict the processing
  • Right of portability – you have the right to have the data we hold about you transferred to another organisation
  • Right to object – you have the right to object to certain types of processing such as direct marketing
  • Right to object to automated processing, including profiling – you also have the right to be subject to the legal effects of automated processing or profiling

On occasion our website will contain links to other websites. This privacy policy only applies to the OAA's website and our public information website, When you link to other websites you should read their own privacy policies.

We keep our privacy policy under regular review and we will place any updates on this web page. This privacy policy was last updated on 30 May 2018.

If you wish to make a complaint regarding how your personal data is being processed by the OAA, please contact our data protection representative. If you are unhappy with how your complaint has been handled, you have the right to lodge a complaint directly with the ICO.

Data Protection Representative

OAA Secretariat, 21 Portland Place London W1B 1PY

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