Medical devices

French Interministerial Mission on Drugs (MILDECA) reacts to CJEU Kanavape judgment

Eveline Van Keymeulen

On 24 November 2020, following the decision of the European Court of Justice (CJEU) in the Kanavape case, the French Interministerial Mission for the Fight against Drugs and Addictive Behaviours (MILDECA) published an update on the legal status of cannabidiol (CBD) in France. The judgment, which was rendered on 19 November 2020, confirmed that CBD Read More

CJEU landmark ruling confirms that CBD is not a narcotic drug and that member states may not prohibit its marketing

Eveline Van Keymeulen

Today, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) delivered its long-awaited decision in Case C-663/18 (Kanavape) ruling that a member state may not ban the marketing of cannabidiol (CBD) extracted from the Cannabis sativa plant in its entirety. In today’s judgment, the Court finds that EU law, in particular the provisions on the Read More

Covid-19 coronavirus: patent database observations

Lars Braams

As per 8 September 2020, 143 search results containing the words “Covid 19” in the title, claims or the abstract of a patent show up in the international patent database Espacenet. Over the past weeks, this number grows with about 15 new results each week. While the race for a vaccine covers the headlines around Read More

Covid-19 – Coronavirus: French Health Ministry publishes orders and decrees concerning serological tests assessments, listings and reimbursements

Eveline Van Keymeulen

Further to the previous publications by the French High Health Authority (HAS), the French Health Ministry published on 21 May 2020 the list of serological tests deemed reliable and validated by the National Reference Centre for respiratory infection viruses (CNR) on its Covid-19 platform (see our previous post here). On the same date, a new Read More

Belgium: Covid-19 – Coronavirus: serological tests now available

Tine Carmeliet

Certain serological tests for Covid-19 have been made available to the public in Belgium. The tests examine for the presence of antibodies against Covid-19 and enable patients to know whether they have been infected in the past. On 13 May 2020, a Royal Decree on temporary measures in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic and Read More