Food & beverages

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

European Commission clarifies framework applicable to food for special medical purposes

Patricia Carmona Botana

The European Commission recently published a Notice on the classification of Food for Special Medical Purposes (FSMP) that provides guidance to companies and national regulators on the legal framework applicable to FSMP and on the criteria that are required to classify a product as a FSMP (Notice). The Notice confirms that FSMP is in principle food Read More

UK position on Continuity in the Availability of Goods for the EU and the UK set out as Brexit negotiations continue

Erin Currie

A number of position papers have recently been published as negotiations continue on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.  One such position paper from the UK is the Continuity in the availability of goods for the EU and the UK, published on 21 August 2017, which sets out proposals that will be applicable to the Read More

EU sets out its position in Brexit negotiations on Intellectual Property Rights (including geographical indications)

Erin Currie

On 7 September 2017, the EU released a number of Brexit negotiation position papers, including one regarding Intellectual property rights which is of significant importance to the IP intensive Life Sciences industry.  The paper sets out the position of the EU27 on existing Intellectual Property (“IP”) rights and the exhaustion of those rights at the withdrawal date.  Read More

French regulators provide guidance to prevent confusion between medicines and food supplements

Eveline Van Keymeulen

Earlier this summer, the French National Agency for Medicines and Health Products Safety (ANSM) and the French National Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) published recommendations to help healthcare professionals and patients distinguish medicines from food supplements. The recommendations follow pharmacy reports about a risk of confusion between the medicinal product Read More