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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 (EU) 2017/745 (MDR) across the European Union.
9 Feb
European Clinical Trials Regulation is now applicable: Recent updates
On January 31, 2022, EU Regulation 536/2014 on clinical trials of medicinal products for human use (“Clinical Trials Regulation” or “CTR”) finally went into effect more than seven years after its approval, but Italy is not yet ready for its application.
15 Sep 21
Compulsory licenses: Italy takes a step forward with the new article 70-bis of the industrial property code
Law Decree No. 77 of 31 May 2021 introduced into the Italian Industrial Property Code Article 70-bis on compulsory licenses for medicinal products and medical devices in case of declaration of a state of emergency
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.
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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
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...
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