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12 Dec 19
New European Guidance on the qualification and classification of software as medical devices
In October 2019, the European Commission’s Medical Devices Coordination Group (MDCG) published a new guidance on the qualification and classification of software as medical devices (MDSW) under the new Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) and In Vitro Diagnostic Regulations (IVDR) (the “Guidance”).
10 Dec 19
Case-law clarifications concerning telemedicine
On June 20, 2019, the Court of Cassation issued a relevant ruling on telemedicine. Indeed, it clarified which activities, in the context of telemedicine, shall be qualified as typical health services and, therefore, are subject to the prior authorization of the competent Italian Region under Article 193 of Royal Decree No. 1265 of July 27, 1934 (hereinafter, “TULPS”).
5 Dec 19
The First Italian Case on Electronic Cigarettes’ Advertising
On November 5, 2019, the Court of Rome, by giving a very restrictive interpretation of Italian legislation, ordered two companies to stop (almost) any commercial communications relating to electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) and liquid refills, as an urgent measure.
4 Dec 19
Under what circumstances may an incumbent associate with a competitor in a public tender? The ICA provides useful guidance in the field of plasma derivatives.
In January 2018, the Italian Competition Authority (AGCM, or “ICA”) launched an investigation for a possible breach of Article 101 TFEU against two international manufacturers of blood-based pharmaceuticals – Kedrion S.p.A (“Kedrion”) and Grifols Italia S.p.A (“Grifols”) – for participating as a joint venture in a public tender (issued by a contracting authority acting on behalf of a group Italian regions, “Intercent-ER”) to collect blood and plasma, to produce plasma derivatives and to deliver these to the Italian National Health System (NHS).
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