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6 Feb 19
No deal brexit’s impact on the pharmaceutical and medical devices industries: guidance from the ema and the european commission
On January 15, 2019, the UK House of Commons rejected the withdrawal agreement reached by Theresa May and the EU after a long and exhausting negotiation period of almost 2 years.
5 Feb 19
Benefit companies: an overview from a corporate perspective
Italy was the first European country to issue a regulation on benefit companies (in Italian “società benefit”), importing the model from the US.
4 Feb 19
The European Commission issues a recommendation on a European electronic health record exchange format
On February 6, 2019, the European Commission issued a Recommendation concerning the development of a European Electronic Health Record (EHR) exchange format (Recommendation no 243/2019), which can be found on the following website: https://bit.ly/2X2qhAq.
1 Feb 19
The European Parliament legal affairs committee votes in favor of a comprehensive SPC manufacturing waiver
In May 2016, the European Parliament, in its Resolution on the Single Market Strategy, endorsed the need for changes to the EU supplementary protection certificate (“SPC”) and urged the Commission to introduce and implement an SPC manufacturing waiver before 2019, without undermining the market exclusivity granted under the SPC in the protected markets.
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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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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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