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12 Apr 21
COVID-19: Transparency mechanism in the export of COVID-19 vaccines outside EU
Due to persistent delays in deliveries of vaccines to the EU, on March 11, 2021 the European Commission adopted the new Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/442, renewing, with amendments, through the end of June, the transparency and authorization mechanism for COVID-19 vaccine exports.
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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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
April 27, 2022
EU Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG) approves “Guidance” on the borderline between medical devices and medicinal products in order to support the uniform application of Regulation...
April 5, 2022
Electronic prescriptions: the current modalities of transmission from doctors to patients and from patients to pharmacies are extended until 31st December 2022
March 24, 2022
EU Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG) approves “Guidance” on appropriate surveillance of devices covered by certificates according to the MD Directives, under the transitional prov...
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