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Majority in favour of improving fairness in EU food supply chain

Initial responses to the European Commission’s public consultation on how to make the EU food supply chain fairer suggest that, bar retailers, the majority of significant stakeholders (including Member States, farmer groups, agricultural organisations and NGOs) are in favour of action at EU level to increase fairness and balance in the food supply chain. The

House of Lords Committee critical of “unacceptably wide” powers in the Withdrawal Bill

The House of Lords Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee has published a report on the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill which sets out its concerns on the “unfettered discretion” and “excessively wide legislative powers” given to Ministers by the Bill. The report is particularly critical of the so-called Henry VIII powers granted to Government by

FDA, EU Regulators Agree to Share Unredacted Inspection Reports and Other Confidential Information

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the European Medicines Agency (EMA), and the European Commission – DG Sante (DG Sante), signed a new confidentiality commitment which expands the scope of the current confidentiality arrangements that apply to the cooperative law enforcement activities conducted by the regulators.  The new confidentiality commitment allows the regulators to share

Why the Repeal Bill is central to making Brexit a success

Leaving the EU will require the most comprehensive re-writing of the UK’s statute book ever undertaken. Parliament must unpick over 40 years of integration between the UK and the EU legal systems and ensure no gaps are left in the process.  The Government’s solution, the highly anticipated, formerly ‘Great’, Repeal Bill, is due to be published

What you need to know before Brexit gets underway this week

The Brexit process gets officially underway this week when the UK formally notifies the European Council of its intention to withdraw from the EU on 29 March 2017.  The road ahead is untested and uncertain, as the UK will be the first EU Member State ever to leave the Union. Hogan Lovells will be hosting

U.S. FDA and EU Regulators Announce Enhanced Mutual Recognition for Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Inspections; Allows FDA to Continue Shifting Inspections and Enforcement Focus to Asia

In an effort to avoid the duplication of drug inspections, lower inspection costs, and enable regulators to devote more resources to other parts of the world where there may be greater risk, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Union (EU) today announced that they have enhanced their agreement on mutual recognition

Medical Device Alert – Finalised texts of the new EU Regulations on medical devices and in-vitro diagnostic medical devices are out

On 22 February 2017, the Council of the European Union issued the final versions of the draft texts of the European Union (“EU”) Medical Device Regulations (“MDR”) and the In Vitro Diagnostics Regulation (“IVDR”). The finalised versions of the draft texts are available here and here. Final Adoption of the texts anticipated in March The

Brexit: a play in four acts?

The stage is set for the Euro-drama of our time. We know that giving effect to the UK’s vote for Brexit could require as many as four sets of distinct but closely linked negotiations, or “acts”, dealing with the terms of: the UK’s withdrawal from the EU; the UK’s future relationship with the EU after

This is the house that Brexit built

The new May Government has now been fully established and has begun getting to work. Judging by last week’s notable developments, foreign affairs is top of the agenda. Brexit diplomacy: Good cop, bad cop? The Prime Minister made her first official visits to Germany and France last week to meet Angela Merkel and François Hollande.

Another week of Brexit developments: 5 – 11 July 2016

Following on from last week’s comments from Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker about when the EU expects the UK to trigger Article 50 of the Treaty on the European Union, comments by British officials in the last week have shed further light on the road to Brexit ahead. What are the UK’s “constitutional requirements” for

Brexit and human rights – does Theresa May have a point?

One of the surprises in Theresa May’s comments yesterday was the distinction she drew between the European Union and the European Convention on Human Rights – making clear that, in her view, it was the latter that was the greater cause for concern in the sphere of national security. All too often, no such distinction

EUDRAVIGILANCE ACCESS POLICY REVISION

On the 12 January 2016, the European Medicines Agency (“EMA”) published an overview of comments in response to a public consultation regarding a “Draft revision of EudraVigilance access policy for medicines for human use”

India’s New BIT and Arbitration Law Send Mixed Signals to Foreign Investors

On December 28, 2015, the Government of India released the text for its revised model Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT). In this release, the Government of India also announced that the Department of Economic Affairs will be leading all negotiations on BITs and investment chapters of trade agreements to ensure continuity between trade and investment issues.

Belgian endives on the frontline for price fixing by farmers

Belgian endives are a divisive vegetable: their bitterness delights some but repulses others. And even amongst Belgian endive enthusiast you’ll find some that prefer them raw – to maintain their crispness – while others like them cooked so that their bitterness comes out even more. But Belgian endives are no longer the exclusive battleground of

Potential Impact of the Draft EU Data Protection Regulation on the Life Sciences Sector

On 15 June 2015, the Council of the European Union (“Council”) adopted its position on the draft Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data (“Draft Regulation”). This article discusses

European Commission Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance

On 26 February 2015, the European Commission published a progress report concerning the Commission’s five year Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance (“Action Plan”). The purpose of the progress report is to inform the European Parliament, the EU Member States and other stakeholders about progress to date in relation to the implementation of the Action Plan.

European Commission publishes minimum principles for shale gas exploration

On 22 January 2014, the European Commission (Commission) published a “Recommendation on minimum principles for the exploration and production of hydrocarbons (such as shale gas) using high volume hydraulic fracturing” (Recommendation). The Recommendation sets out minimum core principles for the exploration and production of hydrocarbons (e.g., shale gas) using high-volume hydraulic fracturing. The Recommendation is

Limited easing of certain Iran sanctions

On 20 January 2014, as part of the Joint Plan of Action, the U.S. and EU have implemented “limited, targeted, temporary and reversible” relief from certain sanctions measures in return for Iran’s agreement to commence the winding down of certain aspects of its nuclear program. This limited easing is valid for a six-month period only,