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United States and Australia: Comparable Food Safety Systems

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On April 19, 2017, FDA announced that both the United States and Australia have recognized each other's food safety systems as comparable to each other. This is the third time that the FDA has given this recognition to a...more

European Food Safety Authority Launches Public Consultation on the Risk Assessment of GMO at Low Level

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The European Food Safety Authority ("EFSA") has launched a public consultation on a draft guidance document on the risk assessment of genetically modified organisms ("GMOs") present at low levels in food and feed material....more

Global Inquiries into Drug Price Increases

European competition authorities announced this week an investigation into Aspen Pharmacare’s recent price hikes of five cancer drugs. The European Commission said in a press release that it had “information indicating that...more

The European Commission Amends Plastic Food Contact Materials Legislation

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On April 28, 2017, the European Commission issued Regulation 2017/752, amending Regulation 10/2011 on plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food...more

Food, Dietary Supplement & Cosmetics Regulatory Update Vol. IV | Issue 4

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On May 9, 2017, the Senate confirmed Dr. Scott Gottlieb as the next FDA commissioner. With a 57-42 vote, the Senate filled the commissioner position most recently held by Dr. Robert Califf, who resigned in January 2017 and...more

FDA Issues Further Guidance Related to FSVP

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On May 11, 2017, FDA announced a new updated fact sheet and a guidance related to the use of a Unique Facility Identifier that is acceptable under the Foreign Supplier Verification Program ("FSVP") regulation. The three-page...more

THE LATEST: EU Commission Fines Facebook EUR 110 million for Providing Incorrect or Misleading Information

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Commission’s EUR 110 million fine on Facebook for breach of its procedural obligations under the EU merger control rules underscores the need to submit full, accurate and reliable information during the Commission’s...more

Australia And China Establish Cybersecurity Agreement

by King & Spalding on

On April 21, 2017, Australia and China forged an agreement to expand their cybersecurity cooperation. This agreement emerged as part of the Australia-China High-Level Security Dialogue held in Sydney. ...more

Personal Data Held by Government Agencies Now Heavily Protected in Mexico

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On January 27, 2017, Mexico's General Law on the Protection of Personal Data Held by Regulated Subjects ("Law") became effective. The Law establishes procedures to protect personal data held by government agencies and other...more

RISK: To Retain or Not Retain in Sukuk?

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Introduction - 17 C.F.R. Part 246, adopted jointly by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and other federal agencies in October of 2014 (the “U.S. Risk Retention Rule”) was adopted in response...more

A Primer on China’s New Cybersecurity Law: Privacy, Cross-Border Transfer Requirements, and Data Localization

China’s new Cybersecurity Law is one of the most important pieces of privacy and cybersecurity legislation we’ll see this year, and companies of all sizes need to be aware of its requirements – regardless of whether or not...more

China's New Cybersecurity Law and Draft Data Localization Measures Expected to Burden Multinational Companies

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China's new Cybersecurity Law ("new Law") is set to come into effect on June 1, 2017, and introduces sweeping provisions that may have a significant impact on companies doing business in and with China. To provide guidance on...more

The New EU Regulation on Medical Devices Aims at Enhanced Product Safety and Further Harmonization

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On May 5, 2017, the new Regulation on Medical Devices (MDR) and the new Regulation on In Vitro Diagnostics (IVDR) have been published in the European Official Journal. The Regulations will become effective 20 days after...more

EU regulators welcome stricter rules on cookies and direct marketing

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The European Commission has published a draft Regulation regarding cookies and electronic direct marketing. EU regulators have publicly welcomed the proposal, which has potentially significant consequences for all businesses...more

China and Japan: Significant Changes to Data Protection Laws to Take Effect Soon

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New data protection laws are scheduled to go into effect in Japan (May 30) and China (June 1) that significantly change the rules governing the collection, storage, and transfer of personal information in each country....more

Latest Reform of German Competition Law Brings Clarity

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The German Parliament has adopted the 9th Amendment to the German "Act against Restraints of Competition" ("ARC") or "Gesetz gegen Wettbewerbsbeschränkungen" ("GWB"). The new law will enter into force after publication in the...more

"Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - April 2017"

In this edition of our Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we examine a district court ruling against Wendy's that continues a shift toward an increase in merchants' data protection responsibilities and the Article 29 Working...more

Guide from the Italian Data Protection Authority on the Application of the GDPR: Recommendations on How to Get Started!

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On April 28, 2017, the Italian Data Privacy Authority published a Guide on the application of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The Guide does not set out implementing rules of the GDPR but rather provides a...more

The review and renegotiation of Japanese LNG import contracts

Japan’s Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) is currently conducting an investigation into alleged unfair restrictions on the resale of liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports into Japan from abroad. The investigation could lead to a...more

Launch of Swiss-US Privacy Shield Framework Announced by US Secretary of Commerce

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International commerce is a huge business, but one of the challenges involved in conducting international business is that different countries may have different laws concerning privacy and the handling of personal data. Many...more

"E-Commerce in India on the Rise"

Despite the headwinds facing Indian e-commerce start-ups, some of which had irrational cost structures and business models based solely on discounts, the overall success and potential of this sector, as well as its...more

FTC resolves allegations against three U.S. based companies involving misrepresentations of International Privacy Program...

Privacy laws in Asia-Pacific countries such as Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore restrict the export of personal information except when the exporter meets certain qualifying conditions. One qualifying condition is...more

There Is More To Come In Europe: The Draft Of The ePrivacy Regulation

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In January 2017, the European Commission (the “EC”) published its proposal for a new ePrivacy Regulation (the “ePrivacy Proposal”), which will replace the ePrivacy Directive of 2002 (2002/58/EC) and the Cookie Directives of...more

DOJ’s Antitrust Fashion Show - Awaiting a price-fixing investigation in the U.S. modeling industry?

As the United Kingdom’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), Italy’s Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato and France’s Autorité de la Concurrence are wrapping up their prosecutions of Europe’s top modeling...more

Meritas Data Protection & Privacy Law GDPR: New territorial scope, one stop shop and consistency mechanisms

One of the undeniable highlights of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will come into force on 25 May 2018, is its extended territorial scope. The new geographical reach does not only come as a reaction...more

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