Data protection declaration

We appreciate your interest in our company and would like you to feel safe regarding the protection of your personal data during your visit to our Internet pages.
Berlin-Chemie AG takes the protection of your personal data very seriously. During your visit to our website, personal data are collected that we process under the observance of the valid provisions of data protection law. These data are not made public by us or given to third parties without authorisation.
This data protection declaration is intended to inform you about which data we record during your visit to our website and how these data are used.

  1. Recording of data when accessed from the Internet
  2. Collecting and processing of personal data
  3. Purpose
  4. Right to inform and report as well as the right to delete and revoke
  5. Security
  6. Data transfer
  7. Cookies
  8. Links to websites of other providers
  9. Questions, suggestions and complaints
  10. Inclusion, validity and updating of the data protection declaration

1. Recording of data when accessed from the Internet
When you visit our Internet pages, your access data is temporarily saved by our Web server in a server log file. This is automatic and for technical reasons done without prior express consent. The following data are then recorded and saved until automatic deletion:

  • IP address of the computer accessing the site
  • Date and time of the access
  • Name and URL of the file accessed
  • Amount of data transferred
  • Recognition data of the operating system
  • Browser name with version information
  • URL of the website from which the user has come via clicking on a link

No personal evaluations whatsoever are carried out based on this information. It can, however, be evaluated for statistical purposes, during which it is ensured that the user remains anonymous. IP addresses are only evaluated when our network infrastructure is attacked.

2. Collecting and processing of personal data
You can in general access our Internet pages without disclosing your personal data. In several cases, however, we do need your personal data for certain offers and services, for example, for the sending of information material. To do so, it is necessary that you have previously registered with your name, address, e-mail address and other personal data. These data are, however, collected and further processed only with your express consent and if their transfer is voluntary.

3. Purpose
The personal data that you make available to us is used in general to answer your inquiries and give you access to certain information or offers. Your personal data is used only for the purposes stated and to the extent necessary to achieve these. Regarding other purposes, your personal data will not be made available to third parties in any form by us or by any service company authorised by us.
Personal data is forwarded to government institutions and authorities only within national legal provisions.

4. Navigation Data and Cookies

The processing of the personal data of users who visit the Website is limited to so-called “navigation data”, i.e. the data transmitted to the Website and required to operate the computerised systems set up for the Website’s management, as well as Internet communication protocols. By way of example, the IP addresses or the domain names of the computers used to visit the Website and the other parameters relating to the operating system used to connect to the Website all fall in this category. The Company collects such and other data (for example, the number of visits and the time spent on the Website) for truly statistical purposes and in an anonymous manner in order to monitor the functioning of the Website and improve its efficiency. The data in question are neither collected to be associated with other information regarding the users of the Site nor do they make the identification of users possible; however, due to its nature, such data may potentially lead to the identification of users if processed and associated with other data held by third parties. For this reason, navigation data are immediately de-identified after processing and may only be retrieved by the Company to ascertain, as well as identify the authors of, potential IT-related offenses committed to the detriment of the Website or through the Website. Notwithstanding the latter exception, navigation data as described above are only kept for a limited time, in compliance with the applicable legal provisions.

The Website uses cookies. By browsing the Website, the user consents to the use of cookies specified in the present Privacy Policy

Cookies are small files saved on the hard disk. There exist two macro-categories of cookies: “technical cookies” and “profiling cookies”.

Technical cookies are necessary for the correct functioning of a website and make navigation possible for the user; without them, the user may be unable to view the website’s pages correctly or to use some services.

Profiling cookies are designed to create profiles of the user so as to send on-line commercial ads in line with the preferences the user has expressed during navigation.

Cookies can further be classified as

  • “session” cookies, which are immediately deleted after the navigation browser is closed;
  • “persistent” cookies, which are stored in the browser for a given period of time. These are used, for example, to recognise the device that connects to the Website, so as to render the authentication operations easier for the user.
  • “site’s own” cookies, also known as “first party” cookies, generated and managed directly by the manager of the website that the user is navigating;
  • “third party” cookies, generated and managed by subjects other than the manager of the website that the user is navigating.

The types of cookie used on the Website

The Website uses the following types of cookies:

(i)“first party” cookies, which can be either “session” or “persistent”; these are necessary to make the navigation of the Website possible, and are required for purposes of internal security and system administration;

(ii) “third-party”, “persistent” cookies, used by the Website in order to send statistical information to the Google Analytics system, through which the Company may carry out statistical analyses of the accesses/visits to the Website. These cookies are used exclusively for statistical purposes and retain information in aggregate form. Using a pair of cookies (respectively, a persistent cookie and a session cookie, the latter of which is deleted when the user closes the browser), Google Analytics also saves the timestamp of the start of the visit and the exit from the Website. It is possible to prevent Google from using cookies to collect data, and therefore to prevent their consequent processing, by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available at the following website:

Since the Company does not own the source codes of some or all third-party cookies, it is not currently able to technically prevent their writing; for this reason, it is not possible to give users the option to disable cookies directly from this page. Nevertheless, users may disable the majority of third-party cookies in use on this website by following the procedures described in the privacy policy documents of the relevant cookie owners –available by clicking on the links provided in the table below- or by amending their browser’s settings. In any case, we would like to draw your attention on the fact that disabling cookies might impair your ability to browse the Website and to take full advantage of the functions and services available thereon.

The following table contains the details of the cookies that are present on the Website. For each “third-party” cookie you will find a link to the privacy policy of the relevant subject who generates and manages such cookies.





First Party - Session and persistent

Cookies required to make navigation on the Website possible, for internal security and administration purposes, as well as to memorize the language selected by the user

This document

Third Party - persistent

Cookie for the Google Analytics service

How to disable cookies in the browser’s settings

A guide to how to manage cookies in the most common browsers is provided below


  1. Select the menu located top right of the browser’s instrument bar
  2. Select Settings
  3. Select the link Show advanced settings
  4. In the Privacy section, select content settings
  5. Under the Cookie section, modify the following settings according to the desired managing of cookies:
    Allow data to be saved on local
  6. Memorize data only until the browser is closed
  7. Block sites from setting any data
  8. Block third party cookies and site data
  9. Manage exceptions for some internet sites
  10. All cookies and site data

For further information, visit the dedicated internet page

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Select the menu located top-right of the browser’s instrument bar
  2. Select Options
  3. Select the Privacy panel
  4. In the Tracking section, select the relevant button if you want to inform the websites that you do not wished to be tracked
  5. In the History section, select the option Use Customized Settings from the drop-down menu and modify the following settings according to the desired managing of cookies:
    Accept cookies (by selecting the relevant button);
  6. Accept cookies from third parties (by selecting one of the following options from the drop-down menu: always, from already visited sites, never)
  7. Keep until (select one of the following options from the drop-down menu: until they expire, until Firefox is closed, or ask every time).
  8. In the History section it is also possible to select the button Show cookies if you want to remove the cookies that are present in your computer.

For further information, please visit the dedicated Mozilla webpage

Internet Explorer

  1. Select the Tools button
  2. Select Internet options
  3. Select the Security tab
  4. In the drop-down menu, select one of the options to customize the settings according to the desired managing of cookies:
    Block all cookies
  5. High
  6. Medium-high
  7. Medium
  8. Low
  9. Accept all cookies
  10. Select the button Sites if you want to specify which sites may always or never use cookies; this can be done by typing in the website address in the Web Address box and by selecting the Block or Allow buttons.

For further information, please visit the dedicated Microsoft Webpage


  1. Launch Safari
  2. Click on Safari
  3. Select Preferences and then Privacy
  4. In the Block Cookies section, select the preferred cookie management option.
  5. To see which sites have stored cookies on your computer click on Details

For further information, please visit the dedicated Apple page


  1. Launch Opera
  2. Select Settings from the main menu top-left of the screen
  3. Select Privacy and Security
  4. In the Cookies section, select one of the following options:
    Accept cookies –allows cookies to be stored on your computer
  5. Delete new cookies when exiting Opera
  6. Never accept cookies
  7. Accept cookies only from the site I visit
  8. Ask me before accepting cookies
  9. By selecting the button Manage cookies it is possible to remove the cookies that are stored on your computer

For further information, please visit the dedicated Opera page.

The Website may include links to other sites (so-called “third party sites”). The Company does not perform any access or control on cookies, web beacons and other tracking technologies that may be used by third party sites to which the user may access from the Website; it does in no way control the contents and materials published on, or obtained from, third party websites; and it does not control how the user’s personal data are processed by such websites -thus, the Company expressly declines any liability whatsoever which may arise in connection to all these circumstances. Users should check the privacy policies of the third-party sites to which they connect through the Website and make themselves aware of the conditions applicable to the processing of their personal data. The present Privacy Policy only applies to the Website as defined above.

5. Right to inform and report as well as the right to delete and revoke
You have the right to information on the data saved by us as well as the right to the reporting, deletion and blocking of your data. Furthermore, you have the right to revoke at any time effective in the future your consent granted in individual cases that your data be used. In the cases mentioned above, please use the Contact page of the services on the Internet with which you registered or requested information.

6. Security
Berlin-Chemie AG implements technical and organisational security measures to protect your data from abuse, loss, destruction or from access by unauthorised persons. Our security measures are state of the art.

7. Data transfer outside of Germany
Berlin-Chemie AG is part of the MENARINI Group, which may have databases in countries with varying legal systems. Berlin-Chemie AG can transfer personal data to databases outside of the resident country of the relevant person.
In this case Berlin-Chemie AGmakes every effort that the party receiving the data guarantees an appropriate level of data protection.

8. Links to websites of other providers

Our Internet pages can contain links to those of other providers. We point out that this data protection declaration applies exclusively to the Internet pages of Berlin-Chemie AG. We do not influence this or check that other providers comply with the valid data protection provisions.

9. Questions, suggestions and complaints
If you have any questions regarding our explanation on data protection or the processing of your personal data, you can contact our Data Protection Officer ( Datenschutzbeauftragter) directly. Please write to:
A. Menarini Diagnostics
Division der Berlin-Chemie AG
Glienicker Weg 125
12489 Berlin
or send an e-mail to: contact us
Please do not hesitate to contact Our Data Protection Officer with information requests, suggestions or complaints.

10. Inclusion, validity and updating of the data protection declaration
By using our website, you consent to the use of data described above. The data protection declaration is currently valid and dated 20/05/2008.
The further development of our website or the implementation of new technologies can make it necessary to change this data protection declaration. Berlin-Chemie AG reserves the right to make necessary changes to this declaration at any time

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