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6 Oct 22
In a first, the European Commission blocks a below-threshold transaction under the EU Merger Regulation (Grail/Illumina)
On September 6, 2022, the European Commission (the “Commission”) blocked the acquisition of Grail by Illumina—although the deal didn’t meet the turnover threshold of the EU or any Member State—arguing that the merger would have prevented innovation and competition in the blood-based early cancer detection test market.
5 Oct 22
Decentralized clinical trials: The current scenario and forthcoming European guidelines
On August 30, the European Commission (EC), heads of medicines agencies (HMAs), and European Medicines Agency (EMA) published the 2022-2026 work plan for the Accelerating Clinical Trials in the EU (ACT EU) initiative.
5 Oct 22
Observational studies: From the November 30, 2021 Decree to the new document of the National Coordination Center for Ethics Committees
Pharmacological observational studies concern drugs prescribed according to an authorized therapeutic indication and based on normal clinical practice.
5 Oct 22
European Health Data Space: Early indications of the future of circulation of health information in the European Union
The establishment of a European Health Data Space sits within the broader framework of the strategy developed by European institutions to create a single market for data.
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January 31, 2023
Clinical trials: Ministry of Health signed off on decrees that (i) reorganize ethics committees and coordinate their activities, (ii) determine the single tariff for the authorization proced...
December 19, 2022
On 13 December 2022, EMA, European Commission and HMA jointly adopted a recommendation paper on the introduction of decentralised elements in the conduct of Clinical Trials in the EU/EEA
September 21, 2022
Payback for medical devices: Decree quantifying the exceeding of the expenditure ceiling for medical devices at national and regional level for the years 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 published ...
September 1, 2022
The 2021 annual law for market and competition addressing, as to the healthcare sector, reimbursement of drugs, intermediate distribution, patent linkage and institutional accreditation of p...
July 19, 2022
Guidelines for the implementation of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) to ensure dissemination, uniformity and accessibility of the EHR at national level now published in the Official Gazet...
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