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12 Nov 21
Health data and digital healthcare: MedTech Europe Recommendations
On June 16, 2021, the European trade association representing the medical technology industries named MedTech Europe published a document containing recommendations for maximizing benefits from use of health data collected via medical devices.
8 Sep 21
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Clinical Trials: Regulatory attempts by European and national authorities
In the last few years, use of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning systems in the performance of Clinical Trials has increased.
7 Jun 21
EU regulations on medical devices and the GDPR: first step forward a necessary coordination
In the wake of application of the European medical device regulation (EU Regulation No. 745 of 2017), occurred on May 26, Italy is taking its first steps toward adjusting its national regulatory framework.
1 Jun 21
Online sales of counterfeit medicines: AIFA recommendations and actions to combat the issue
On April 9, 2021, the Italian Medicines Agency, or Agenzia Italiana del Farmaco (the “AIFA” or the “Agency”) published a Nota informativa notice containing details regarding risks stemming from online purchases of medicines.
25 Feb 21
Italian Data Protection Authority approved the first code of conduct in the public sector regulating the use of health data for educational and scientific publication purposes
The Italian Data Protection Authority (“Garante”) approved the first code of conduct (Decision No. 7 of January 24, 2021, doc. Web 9535354) on how to use personal data concerning health for educational and scientific publication purposes; the code of conduct was submitted by the Veneto Region (“Code of Conduct”).
18 Feb 21
Telemedicine: The New National Guidelines
Healthcare services provided remotely are officially a part of the National Healthcare Service (“NHS”), now that the State-Regions Conference has approved the document entitled “National guidelines for the provision of telemedicine services,” drafted by the Ministry of Health (hereinafter the “Guidelines”).
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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...
June 6, 2022
The National Coordination Centre for Ethics Committees published new draft agreements for conducting clinical trials on drugs and medical devices
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