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Cannabis – What is being patented?

Marc Döring

The past few years have seen a global trend towards the liberalisation of cannabis policies, with cannabis becoming legalised in numerous countries and US states for recreational and/or medical use. Cannabis is currently authorised for medicinal use in more than 25 countries, including Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK. And while recreational use Read More

Belgium: New developments point at possibly imminent changes in (online) pharmacy market

Tine Carmeliet

In Belgium, two recent events have drawn attention to the (online) pharmacy market. First, on 28 May 2019, the Competition Court of the Belgian Competition Authority (BCA) imposed a fine of EUR 1 million on the Belgian Order of Pharmacists for the use of anti-competitive practices aimed at excluding the MediCare-Market group, an association of (para)-pharmacies Read More

Big data in healthcare: key recommendations of the French National Ethical Consultative Committee for Life Sciences

Laurie-Anne Ancenys

On 29 May 2019, the French National Ethical Consultative Committee for Life Sciences and Health (CCNE) delivered its Opinion (n°130) on ethical issues in connection with big data in the health sector (the Opinion). The Opinion aims at identifying the ethical challenges raised by the exploitation of large set of data in healthcare and provide Read More

AI in health: the launch of the French Health Data Hub

Laurie-Anne Ancenys

The French Office parlementaire d’évaluation des choix scientifiques (the Office) has published a report on artificial intelligence and health data following the public hearing organised in February 2019, in the form of two round tables on artificial intelligence and health data. The hearing, attended by AI researchers, entrepreneurs, public and private stakeholders of the health Read More

Enforcement of upcoming Dutch BIG obligations postponed

Iradj Nazaryar

The Dutch Inspectorate for Health and Youth Care (IGJ) will not enforce the visible display of the BIG-number by BIG-registered care providers until further notice. The Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport indicated it wants a solution for the administrative burdens associated with the revised Dutch Healthcare Professionals Act (Wet BIG) and sufficient time Read More