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EU agriculture ministers want to exclude crops created by targeted mutation methods from EU GMO legislation

Sophie ten Bosch

At the latest meeting of EU agriculture ministers, and following a report by the Danish Council of Ethics, 14 EU member states, led by the Netherlands and Estonia, called for the European Commission to re-evaluate the EU’s stance on genetically modified organisms (GMOs), in particular those created by new plant breeding techniques. In a ruling Read More

Dutch antitrust watchdog publishes additional notification requirements for healthcare mergers

Iradj Nazaryar

The Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) has published a new method of analysing product markets in merger investigations with respect to specialised medical care. In this context, the ACM requires merging hospitals and independent treatment centres to provide more detailed information in their merger notifications to the ACM. The starting point for the Read More

Dutch Model agreement for cooperation between hospitals and private clinics published

Alex Crespo van de Kooij

In December 2018, the Medical Specialist Federation (FMS), the Dutch Hospital Association (NVZ) and Private Clinics Netherlands (ZKN) published a model agreement regarding the cooperation between hospitals and private clinics. The parties aim to enable hospitals and clinics to reach clear agreements on cooperation in relation to the transfer of medical care of patients, accessibility Read More

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

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