Food & beverages

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


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

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

CJEU to rule on milestone in European GMO legislation: the legal classification of mutagenesis in plant breeding

Geert Glas

With the development of new plant breeding techniques, the European plant breeding sector is tackling the world’s crucial challenge of feeding the 21st-century world. New plant breeding techniques allow for much faster and more precise results than traditional plant breeding techniques, and allow for more food to be produced with fewer inputs.  However, the novel Read More

CJEU confirms that generally accepted nutrition and health principles are a legitimate factor for the evaluation of health claims made on food

Eveline Van Keymeulen

On 8 June 2017, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) issued a judgment in case Dextro Energy GmbH & Co. KG (Dextro) vs European Commission (Commission) (case C-296/16 P). The judgment confirms a March 2016 ruling of the General Court (GC), which found that the Commission was right in rejecting certain health Read More