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3 Dec 17
CJEU and SPCs: a never-ending story
The work of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on Regulation (EC) No. 469/2009 (Regulation), on supplementary protection certificates for medicinal products (SPCs), has been quite intense in the last few years, and it still is, given that in the pharmaceutical sector even one more day of exclusivity can be worth millions of euros, so fighting for it is certainly worth the investment of time and money.
2 Dec 17
Product information: EMA starts digitization
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) gives the go-ahead for digitization in terms of product information.
1 Dec 17
EUCJ’s ruling on the classification of software as medical devices
According to a very recent ruling of the European Court of Justice (EUCJ), (C-329/16, Snitem v. Syndicat national de l’industrie des technologies médicales, published on 7 December 2017), software with at least one function that makes it possible to use patient-specific data for the purposes, inter alia, of detecting contraindications, drug interactions and excessive doses, is, in respect of that function, a medical device, even if that software does not act directly in or on the human body.
3 Nov 17
Published the new ministerial decree on compassionate use of medicinal products
On 7 September 2017, the Italian Ministry of Health issued a new decree on compassionate use of medicinal products (“Decree”) that, starting from 2 December 2017, will replace the previous ministerial decree of 8 May 2003.
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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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