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EU pharmaceutical strategy: today the Commission launched a public consultation on the revision of the EU general pharmaceuticals legislation (open until December 21, 2021)
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.
17 Feb 21
New AIFA guidelines for compiling dossiers for medicine reimbursement and pricing requests effective March 1, 2021
On December 23, 2020, the Italian Agency of Medicines (Agenzia Italiana del Farmaco – the “AIFA”) issued Guidelines for the compilation of the dossier to support the request for reimbursement and pricing of a medicine (“Guidelines”), pursuant to the Ministerial Decree of August 1, 2019 (“Decree”).
Dematerialization of prescriptions: Ministerial Decree allowing e-prescriptions for drugs not reimbursed by the NHS has been published in the Italian Official Journal.
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15 Oct 20
EMA launches public consultation on the draft Guideline concerning registry-based studies
Last September, the EMA published its draft Guideline on registry-based studies (“Guideline”). This draft Guideline is currently open for public consultation: stakeholders may post comments until December 31, 2020.
14 Oct 20
Clinical trials: National Coordination Center of Ethics Committees issues Guidelines for the collection of informed consent
The National Coordination Center of Territorial Ethics Committees for clinical trials on medicines and medical devices (“National Coordination Center”) has drawn up guidelines for the collection of informed consent (“Guidelines”) for participation in clinical trials, pursuant to Legislative Decree No. 211 of June 24, 2003 and Regulation (EU) 536/2014.
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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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