Question of the Week

QUESTION:        Is the peer review privilege the same thing as peer review immunity?

ANSWER:            No, there is a difference.  The peer review privilege protects documents from disclosure in certain kinds of court cases.  Peer review immunity protects participants in the peer review process from having to pay money damages if they are sued (so long as they meet certain conditions).  To put it very simply, privileges protect documents; legal “immunities” protect people.