Welcome to our blog dedicated to Life Sciences. We report on EU and national regulatory, compliance, intellectual property and transactional developments in the sector. We focus on (bio)pharmaceuticals and medical technologies, and also cover food and beverages, cosmetics and other healthcare products.

ANSM launches public consultation on advertising of medicinal products to public

Audrey Aboukrat

The French medicines regulator (ANSM) recently launched a public consultation concerning the warning message that pharmaceutical companies must include in all audio-visual advertising of medicinal products to the public, as part of the mandatory information required for medicine advertising by Articles L. 5122-6 and R. 5122-3 of the French Public Health Code.  The consultation concerns Read More

Human Germline Genome Editing – Genetics bodies weigh in on debate with position paper

Daniel Lim

In an article published in American Journal of Human Genetics on 3 August 2017, an international group of 11 organisations with genetics expertise has issued a joint position statement, setting out 3 key positions on the question of human germline genome editing: At this time, given the nature and number of unanswered scientific, ethical, and Read More

EPO reverses its position on the patentability of products obtained by essentially biological processes

Asma Bendjaballah

On 29 June 2017, the EPO amended Rules 27-b) and 28(2) of the European Patent Convention (EPC) with respect to patentable biotechnological inventions and their exceptions. The EPO thus follows the earlier opinion of the European Commission (EC) expressed in Notice 2016/C 411/03 regarding the patentability of plants or animals obtained by essentially biological processes, Read More

EMA ensures business continuity while preparing for Brexit

Audrey Aboukrat

In the beginning of August, the EMA issued a press release on the functioning of its business continuity plan to deal with the uncertainty and workload implications linked to Brexit. The plan, which was developed after the UK referendum and endorsed by the EMA Management Board in June 2017, aims at ensuring that the assessment Read More

WP 29 releases an extensive opinion on data processing at work

Inge Vanderreken

The EU’s “Article 29 Working Party” (WP29) has adopted new guidance on the processing of personal data in the employment context (the New Opinion). This New Opinion complements their 2001 opinion and 2002 working document. WP29 is the Data Protection Working Party established by Article 29 of Directive 95/46/EC. It is an independent European advisory Read More