Vanessa Edwards

Vanessa Edwards

K&L Gates LLP

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Russia imposes sanctions against the United States, the European Union, Australia, Canada and Norway

On 6 August Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, signed a decree calling for a ban or limit on imports of certain agricultural products, raw materials and foodstuffs originating in the countries that have imposed economic...more

8/8/2014 - Australia Canada EU Importation Limits Imports Norway Russia Sanctions Vladimir Putin

Update on EU Sanctions against Russia

Late on 25 July, the EU added 15 further persons and 18 entities responsible for action against Ukraine's territorial integrity to the list of those subject to an asset freeze, a prohibition against making funds or economic...more

7/30/2014 - EU Foreign Policy Russia Sanctions Ukraine

United States and European Union Ratchet Up Russia Sanctions

On July 16, 2014, the United States ratcheted up its sanctions on Russia in connection with escalating tensions in Eastern Ukraine. Specifically, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”)...more

7/22/2014 - Banking Sector BIS Energy Sector OFAC Russia Sanctions SDN List SSIL U.S. Treasury Ukraine

ECHA provides further guidance on substance identity to ensure compliant dossiers

REACH requires manufacturers, importers and only representatives registering a substance to provide extensive and correct information on substance identity in the registration dossier. The European Chemicals Agency (“ECHA”)...more

5/1/2014 - ECHA REACH

UPDATE: Developments in the Ukraine and Impact on Investments

Following the agreement between G7 leaders on 25 April to promptly impose additional sanctions on Russia as it has failed to deliver on its Geneva commitments, the EU and the U.S. have now added new individuals and entities...more

4/30/2014 - BIS EU European Commission Frozen Assets OFAC Russia Sanctions SDN List Ukraine Visas

UPDATE: Developments in the Ukraine

On 14 April 2014, the EU Foreign Affairs Ministers identified four additional individuals as responsible for misappropriation of Ukrainian state funds and added them to the list, subject to restrictive measures in view of the...more

4/23/2014 - EU Foreign Policy Russia Sanctions Ukraine

Global Food, Drugs, Medical Devices and Cosmetics Newsletter

Welcome - We are pleased to provide you with the Spring edition of the Global Food, Drugs, Medical Devices and Cosmetics newsletter. As stated in our inaugural issue, this newsletter provides updates on important...more

4/9/2014 - Australia China Dietary Supplements EU FDA FDCA Food Labeling Food Safety Generic Drugs Medical Devices Nutritional Supplements Prescription Drugs

UPDATE: Developments in the Ukraine and Impact on Investments

On Sunday, Crimea voted to secede from Ukraine. The EU and U.S., which consider Sunday’s referendum in Crimea to be illegal, retaliated with sanctions. The nature of these is set out below as a further update to the Alert...more

3/19/2014 - EU Russia Sanctions Ukraine

Proposed EU Legislation on Conflict Minerals Published

On 5 March, the European Commission (“the Commission”) published its long-awaited draft legislation on conflict minerals. The proposal for a regulation setting up a Union system for supply chain due diligence...more

3/12/2014 - Conflict Mineral Rules EU Minerals Mining Natural Resources Proposed Legislation

Developments in the Ukraine and Impact on Investments

As the tension in the Ukraine continues, particularly in relation to Crimea, foreign investors in the region will be monitoring developments with some concern. In addition to unrest on the ground in the Ukraine, both...more

3/10/2014 - Bilateral Investment Treaties EU Executive Orders Russia Sanctions Ukraine

Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013

On 1 December 2013 the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 (the “Act”) came into force in England and Wales. The Act aims to combat the recent increase in metal theft which is being spurred on partly by rising commodity costs. The...more

1/14/2014 - Theft UK

EU Court Orders Disclosure of Proprietary Information on Chemical Substance; May Impact Disclosure Laws Abroad

The General Court of the European Union (EU) recently delivered a judgment requiring the disclosure of proprietary information related to a pesticide ingredient. The Court’s decision may affect companies that have previously...more

10/28/2013 - Chemicals EU TSCA

Global Food, Drug and Medical Device Newsletter

In this issue: Legislative Updates: - (i) USA - (ii) EU - (iii) China - (iv) Australia - (v) Japan. - Featured Articles: - (i) Caffeinated Energy Drinks - a Global Perspective - (ii)...more

10/10/2013 - Advertising Animal Testing Australia Cosmetics Energy Drinks EU Food Labeling FTC Health Claims Japan Medical Devices Personally Identifiable Information POM Wonderful

EU votes in favour of temporarily withholding the sale of 900 million EU allowances from the EU carbon scheme

On July 3, 2013 the members of the European Parliament voted 344-311 in favour of a one-off intervention in the market to withhold the sale of 900 million EU allowances over the next few years (with the intent to return them...more

7/12/2013 - Cap-and-Trade Carbon Emissions Carbon Off-Set Credits Climate Action Plan Climate Change Environmental Policies EU

Company names can be made public where food is unfit for human consumption but not injurious to health, EU Court rules

The Court of Justice of the EU ("CJEU") has recently ruled that EU law allows national authorities to provide the public with information identifying a food business operator ("FBO") whose food is unfit for human consumption...more

4/17/2013 - CJEU EU Food Safety Health Safety

Some clarification regarding challenges to REACH candidate listing

In a series of recent judgments the EU General Court has given some guidance to companies considering challenging the inclusion of their substances in the REACH Candidate List. In summary, it is now clear that the listing of...more

3/28/2013 - Contamination ECHA EU Hazardous Substances Proportionality REACH Candidate List

New EU Guidance on Health Claims

Two recent developments of importance for the interpretation of the new list of permitted health claims in the Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation (Regulation 1924/2006 on nutrition and health claims made on foods, "the...more

2/14/2013 - Advertising Health Claims

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