Netherlands

Dutch authorities to investigate possible inducement payments in medical devices sector

Iradj Nazaryar

The Dutch Health and Youth Inspectorate (HYI) has announced plans to investigate possible inducement payments in the medical devices sector. The investigation, which will start in the autumn of 2018, will focus on cardiology, orthopaedics and dental implants by looking into the service contract meetings that suppliers may have concluded with healthcare professionals. Moreover, suppliers Read More

Dutch antitrust watchdog to conduct extensive investigation into proposed merger of independent treatment centres

Iradj Nazaryar

On 17 August 2018, the Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) published its decision that two independent treatment centres for certain specialist medical care, NL Healthcare Clinics and Bergman Clinics, must apply for a merger licence. A merger licence must be applied for where a proposed merger is not cleared by the ACM after an Read More

The Netherlands: New borderline products advisory group established

Iradj Nazaryar

On 9 July 2018, the establishment of the new Advisory Group on the Determination of the Status of Borderline Products was published in the Dutch Government Gazette. The Advisory Group consists of expert representatives from the Healthcare and Youth Inspectorate, the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority, the Medicines Evaluation Board and the Central Committee Read More

Dutch government survey: “Are the supplementary protection mechanisms for pharmaceutical products fit for their purpose?”

Anna-Maria Withagen

Supplementary protection mechanisms have succeeded in achieving most of their aimed objectives, according to a study by the Technopolis Group that was commissioned by the Dutch government. However, another conclusion of the study is that the mechanisms seem to have various unintended effects as well. These effects still have to be further investigated. Below is Read More

Dutch Data Protection Agency issues guidance on large-scale data processing in healthcare

Iradj Nazaryar

Last month, the Data Protection Agency (DPA) issued guidance on large-scale healthcare data processing. The General Data Protection Regulation requires organisations involved in large-scale processing of data to appoint a Data Protection Officer (DPO) and in certain cases to conduct a Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA). In this respect, the guidance clarifies when healthcare providers are Read More