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1 Apr 19
Personal Data: new interpretative recommendations in Clinical Trials
On January 23, 2019, the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) published an opinion on the interplay between the Clinical Trials Regulation (CTR) and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) regarding the processing of clinical trial data.
9 Feb 19
Italian government approves a draft legislative decree amending italian legislation on clinical trials
On February 14, 2019, the Italian Government approved a draft legislative decree, implementing Law no. 3/2018 which delegated the Government to take measures to reform the Italian legislation on clinical trials on medicinal products for human use, with the purpose, among other things, to prepare the Italian legal framework to the future application of the Clinical Trial Regulation (EU) 536/2014.
8 Feb 19
Using medicinal product trademarks in clinical trials prior to marketing authorization does not amount to genuine use, states advocate general szpunar
On January 9, 2019, Advocate General (AG) of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) Maciej Szpunar gave his opinion on case C-668/17 (“Opinion”), a trademark dispute that, while focusing on medicinal products, raised two other far-reaching issues concerning the scope and definition of the requirement of genuine use within the provisions of Article 58 of Regulation (EU) 2017/1001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of June 14, 2017 on the European Union trade mark (“EUTMR”).
7 Feb 19
New law to settle the long-lasting dispute on the pharmaceutical payback for 2013-2017
On February 11, 2019, Italian Law no. 12/2019 was published in the Official Gazette of Italy, converting into law, with amendments, Italian Law Decree no. 135 of December 14, 2018 (also called the Simplifications Decree) aimed at simplifying certain administrative responsibilities for both private and public entities.
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December 13, 2021
The European Commission’s Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG) endorsed a new guidance on the operational and practical implementation of Articles 13&14 and other related obligations f...
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
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