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17 Nov
Preliminary guidance on the requirements and provisions of the MDR applicable to legacy devices
The devices known as “legacy devices” should be subject to the application of only some of the provisions and requirements set forth by the MDR, as better clarified and identified by the Medical Device Coordination Group report issued on October 21, 2021 (“MDCG 2021-25”).
16 Nov
Draft competition bill: New rules for the healthcare sector?
On November 5, 2021, the Council of Ministers approved the draft law on competition. The Competition Bill is now under review by Parliament, which will discuss the draft in the coming weeks.
Portolano Cavallo announces the appointment of Elisa Stefanini as partner
15 Nov
AGCM finds no abuse in diagnostic imaging device manufacturers’ refusal to provide downstream competitors access to information for maintenance services
On March 30, 2021, the Italian Competition Authority closed an investigation it had opened in 2018 against three manufacturers of high-end diagnostic imaging devices.
15 Nov
The Consolidated Act on Rare Diseases is finally approved
After three years, Italy has finally adopted its first law on rare diseases. On November 3, 2021, the Italian Senate unanimously approved the Consolidated Act on Rare Diseases, or “Testo Unico sulle malattie rare”.
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Our highly-ranked team of professionals will provide newsinsights and multidisciplinary commentary on the hottest and most recent regulatory, transactional and contentious aspects of the pharmaceutical, bio-tech, med-tech, food supplement and healthcare world with an eye on its digital transformation and technological developments.

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October 27, 2021
The European Commission’s Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG) endorsed a new guidance on the applicability of MDR requirements to 'legacy devices' and 'old' devices
October 19, 2021
The European Commission’s Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG) endorsed a new guidance on the classification of medical devices
September 29, 2021
EU pharmaceutical strategy: today the Commission launched a public consultation on the revision of the EU general pharmaceuticals legislation (open until December 21, 2021)
August 4, 2021
Clinical Trials Regulation: EMA and European Commission confirmed that the Clinical Trials Information System (CTIS) will go-live on January 31, 2022
June 25, 2021
Clinical trials: EMA launches public consultation on draft guideline for using computerized systems and electronic data
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