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New Belgian Healthcare Act: Impact on the health sector

Veerle Pissierssens

The Belgian law of 30 October 2018 concerning several amendments to legislation applicable in the healthcare sector (the Healthcare Act) was published on 16 November 2018. The Healthcare Act introduces the following changes: Introduction of mandatory electronic prescriptions. However, a royal decree has yet to set the date for the introduction of the electronic prescription Read More

Rethinking the Growth Capital Challenge in UK Life Sciences

Matthew Appleton

Investors, entrepreneurs and deal makers in the UK Life Sciences industry met on the 28 September 2018 to share ideas on how to close the funding gap which exists for UK businesses in the period between early stage investment and IPO. At a lively panel discussion sponsored by LSX Connect and hosted by Allen & Read More

Telemedicine becomes a reality in France

Eveline Van Keymeulen

In September 2018, French Decree 2018-788, which sets out the conditions to provide telemedicine acts, entered into force. The Decree was adopted pursuant to Article 54 of the 2018 Social Security Financing Bill. It exempts health care professionals conducting a medical follow-up of patients over long distances (tele-monitoring) from obtaining, as required by Article R. 161-43 of the Read More

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

Belgian report shows limited success in screening of health insurance funds

Veerle Pissierssens

A recent report from the Belgian Court of Audit reportedly shows that the information that health insurance funds must disclose pursuant to the requirements set in the 2016 “Future Pact” (Toekomstpact), which mainly pertain to internal inspections and accountancy, is too fragmented and therefore of little use. The report also recommends granting inspection services access to Read More