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China’s National Auditing Office Notes Compliance Concerns with Sponsorship of Academic Conferences in the Healthcare Sector

In China, it is common industry practice for pharmaceutical companies to sponsor academic conferences. As long as such events are aimed at enhancing the practice of medicine and patient welfare, the practice has been allowed....more

Changes of the Amended Regulations on Supervision and Administration of Medical Devices

The Regulations on Supervision and Administration of Medical Devices was amended and promulgated by the State Council on March 7th, 2014, effective June 1st, 2014. The last version is from 2000. The following highlights the...more

How Much Are You Willing To Pay For Privacy?

How much are you willing to pay for personal privacy? 50% off a McDonald’s hamburger? 20% off groceries? Participation in the $1 Billion NCAA Tournament Bracket Challenge?...more

Your smartphone is NOT a medical device

Wearable technology issues relating to the potential qualification of such products as a medical devices have become popular on the press following the presentation of the first smartphone with a heart rate sensor, quickly...more

‘Country of Origin’ Compliance: The Top 10 Things Pharmaceutical Companies Need to Know

What is the “country of origin” for the drugs you manufacture? This question arises every time a pharmaceutical company labels a drug, imports it, exports it, markets it, or sells it to the U.S. government. Unfortunately, the...more

China Solicits Comments on Post-Market Study Guidelines

The Center for Drug Evaluation (“CDE”) in China recently published the draft Guidelines for the Administration of Post-Market Studies on Chemical Drugs and Therapeutic Biologics (“Draft Guidelines”) for public comments...more

China Life Sciences Health Industry Client Briefing – May/June 2013 (July 12, 2013)

Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices, Health Care & Life Sciences - .. Medical Devices Regulations and News - Provincial FDAs to Approve Certain Changes to Medical Device Registration Certificates – June 21,...more

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

China Trade Marks – Inclusion of Retail and Wholesale services relating to medicines and pharmaceuticals

The China Trade Marks Office (CTMO) recently announced that from 1 January 2013 it is accepting applications to register trade marks in relation to retail or wholesale services for pharmaceutical, veterinary and sanitary...more

‘Health Claim’ Definition to Be Interpreted Widely, EU Court Rules

In its first judgment on Regulation 1924/2006 on nutrition and health claims made on foods, the Court of Justice of the EU adopted a broad interpretation of the definition of “health claim” by ruling that claims for merely...more

“But what is it, Doc?” – Health Care Professionals under Professionals under Regulation 1924/2006

Changes in the epidemiological profile in Western countries during the last three decades have shown an increasing trend in the development of non-transmissible chronic diseases in the adult population. Nutrition-related...more

High Noon: The Italians try to play solo the Health Claims game

On November 27, 2009, the Italian Government notified a draft regulation on the use of substances other than vitamins and minerals in food supplements before the European Commission, pursuant to the procedure laid down in...more

Privacy and Data Protection 2011 Year in Review

A Look at Some of the Major Developments of 2011 Around the Globe, and a Prediction of What’s to Come in 2012 in the Areas of Privacy and Data Protection Privacy and data protection continues to be an exploding area of...more

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