In a first, the European Commission blocks a below-threshold transaction under the EU Merger Regulation (Grail/Illumina)
On September 6, 2022, the European Commission (the “Commission”) blocked the acquisition of Grail by Illumina—although the deal didn’t meet the turnover threshold of the EU or any Member State—arguing that the merger would have prevented innovation and competition in the blood-based early cancer detection test market.
European Health Data Space: Early indications of the future of circulation of health information in the European Union
The establishment of a European Health Data Space sits within the broader framework of the strategy developed by European institutions to create a single market for data.
Clinical trials and pharmacovigilance: Spanish Code of Conduct leads the way in data management
In an effort to expand the regulatory framework with self-regulatory instruments, the Spanish Data Protection Authority recently approved a “Code of conduct for the processing of personal data in the field of clinical trials and other clinical research and of pharmacovigilance” supported by Farmaindustria, the national trade association for the pharmaceutical industry in Spain.
Draft EMA guidelines on transparency in clinical trials: Protecting commercially confidential information
On April 7, 2022, the EMA published draft guidelines on the transparency of information uploaded to the Clinical Trial Information System for the specific purpose of giving operational guidance on the management of commercially confidential information and personal data
The new decree on non-profit studies: Data and results may now be sold
On February 16, 2022, more than two years later than planned, the Ministerial Decree of November 30, 2021, containing measures to facilitate and support the development of nonprofit clinical trials of medicinal products and observational studies, as well as to regulate the transfer of data and results of nonprofit trials for registration purposes, was finally published in the Official Gazette.
Published Decree of Health Ministry providing measures to enhance no-profit clinical trials and to regulate transfers of data and results of no-profit studies for registration purposes