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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

China Introduces Major Changes to Medical Device Regulations

On March 31, 2014, China’s State Council released the amended Regulations on the Supervision and Administration of Medical Devices (the “Regulations”), effective as of June 1, 2014. A series of implementing rules are expected...more

China Tightens Supervision and Enforcement in the Medical Device Sector

On March 13, 2014, the China Food and Drug Administration (the “CFDA”) announced an action plan titled “Rectifications of Five Common Types of Noncompliance Concerning Medical Devices” (the “Five Rectifications Campaign”). A...more

Avoid the Anti-Corruption “Blacklist:” Chinese Agency Guidance

On March 1, 2014, Circular No. 50, which the Chinese National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) recently promulgated to regulate the conduct of pharmaceutical and medical device companies that do business in...more

China Introduces New Health Care Sector Anti-Corruption Regulations

China Introduces New Health Care Sector Anti-Corruption Regulations As part of a concerted effort to tackle systemic commercial bribery in the country’s health care sector, China’s National Health and Family Planning...more

China Solicits Comments on Good Supply Practices for Medical Devices

The China Food and Drug Administration recently published a draft regulation setting minimum standards for medical device distribution. The regulation sets forth requirements for procurement, delivery acceptance, storage,...more

China Releases Fast Track Approval Process for Innovative Medical Devices

On February 7, 2014, the China Food and Drug Administration (“CFDA”) promulgated a notice titled The Fast Track Approval Process for Innovative Medical Device (Tentative), effective as of March 1, 2014. Unlike the draft...more

China Solicits Comments on Good Supply Practices for Medical Devices

The China Food and Drug Administration (the “CFDA”) recently published a draft regulation, Good Supply Practices for Medical Devices (the “Draft GSP”), for public comment through January 20, 2014. The first-ever regulation...more

What Hath GSK Wrought? More Compliance Lessons From China

In an article, entitled “GSK China probe flags up wider worries”, in the Wednesday edition of the Financial Times (FT) reporters Andrew Jack and Patti Waldmeir discussed the ongoing bribery and corruption scandal involving...more

Letter From China-Interview With Amy Sommers

Ed. Note-this article is one of a continuing series of interviews of thought leaders in FCPA, Bribery Act and anti-corruption/anti-bribery. In this blog post, I interview Amy Sommers, partner in the Shanghai office of K&L...more

Red Notice Newsletter - November 2013

INTRODUCTION - Welcome to the November 2013 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. On the anticorruption front, a Swiss tech company’s former exec is charged in the US...more

China Enhances Regulatory Oversight of Medical Device Studies and Vigilance

The China Food and Drug Administration (“CFDA”) recently introduced two important initiatives concerning medical devices. 1) The Tentative Rules on the Review and Approval of Medical Device Clinical Studies (Draft) was...more

Ten Required Steps To Ensure Effective Compliance Programs By Pharmaceutical And Medical Device Companies (Part III Of III)

In response to the Glaxo controversy and the continuing risks of aggressive FCPA enforcement, drug and device companies need to review and enhance their anti-corruption compliance programs. ...more

Astros Swept Again – Is A China Sweep Coming Next?

What is a sweep? It is certainly a well-known and relevant term in the sporting world....more

Pharmaceutical And Medical Device Companies: Taking It On The Chin (Part II Of III)

As the Glaxo controversy unravels each day, it is important to remember the enforcement context in which the current prosecution in China is occurring. ...more

Bad News For The Drug And Device Industries: Glaxo’s Systemic Breakdown In China (Part I Of III)

Mark Twain, one of my favorite authors, always said it best – “Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.” - For drug and device companies, Mark Twain’s observation is becoming the industry...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

Chinese Detain Pharmaceutical Company Managers in Economic Crime Probe

This week, reports have arisen that Chinese authorities in the cities of Shanghai, Beijing, and Changsha detained high-level GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) managers as part of an investigation into potential “economic crimes.” The...more

China Business, Trade and Competition Bulletin - June 2013: China Renames Regulatory Agency: What’s in Store for the Cosmetics...

In March 2013, the National People’s Congress of China formally changed the name of the State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) to the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA), elevating it back to a ministerial-level...more

Intellectual Property Newsletter - April/May 2013

In This Issue: News from the Bench: - Six Ways to Sunday: Recent Federal Circuit Opinion Highlights Uncertainty in the Patent Eligibility of Computer-Implemented Inventions - The Federal Circuit Affirms...more

China Clarifies Requirements for Supplementary Information for Medical Device Evaluation

The Center for Medical Device Evaluation (the “CMDE”) recently clarified its requirements on supplementary information for medical device evaluation in connection with the registration of domestic Class III medical devices...more

China Life Sciences Health Industry Client Briefing – April 2013 (May 15, 2013)

Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices, Health Care & Life Sciences - ..Drugs - Approval of Innovative Drugs and Key Sector Generic Drugs to be Expedited (Shanghai Securities Journal 2013-04-23): Given the...more

China Life Sciences Health Industry Client Briefing – March 2013 (April 26, 2013)

Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices, Health Care & Life Sciences - ..Medical Devices - CFDA Seeks Public Comment on Special Approval Procedures for Innovative Medical Devices: China Food and Drug...more

China FDA Publishes Draft Measures to Accelerate Medical Device Approvals

The China Food and Drug Administration (previously known as the State Food and Drug Administration) (the “CFDA”) has published drafts of two tentative measures, Fast Track Approval Process of Innovative Medical Devices and...more

China Life Sciences Health Industry Client Briefing – February 2013 (March 11, 2013)

In This Issue: New Drug GSP Issued: Supervision on Drug Distribution to be Enhanced (China Securities Journal 2013-02-20) – February 20, 2013; China to Encourage Innovative Drug Development (Xinhua News Agency...more

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