The EU’s latest draft pharmaceutical legislation contains some interesting developments on transparency matters, both in relation to access to documents and transparency around the funding of research and development of medicinal products.

1. Draft Regulation – Further Clarity Regarding Public Access to Documents

Disclosure of documents in response to an access request under the EU

The existing EU pharmaceutical legislation provides for a number of specific exemptions from the marketing authorisation requirement, including products supplied on a named patient or compassionate use bases; products compounded and dispensed in pharmacies (magistral and officinal formulations) and also for products necessary to respond to public health emergencies.  Given that a key policy goal

As part of its policy goal of promoting innovation, the Commission’s proposed Regulation creates the concept of a “regulatory sandbox.” If the concept survives the legislative process, the sandbox will be a structured, regulated and time-limited environment in which innovative technologies, products, services or approaches might be tested in a “real world environment,” subject to

More Obligations for the Same Reward?

On 26 April 2023, the European Commission published its long awaited proposal to revise the EU’s general pharmaceutical legislation.  As expected, the Commission’s proposal represents a significant overhaul of the EU medicine rules.  Not least the incorporation of the EU’s amended paediatric and orphan medicine rules into a single

On 26 April 2023, the European Commission published its long awaited proposal to revise the EU pharmaceutical legislation.  The proposal includes a new draft Regulation, which will repeal Regulation (EC) No 726/2004, the Orphan Medicines Regulation 141/2000 and the Paediatric Regulation 1901/2006.

As expected, the draft Regulation significantly shakes up incentives available to the

The European Commission (“Commission”) intends to change the rules on regulatory data protection (“RDP”) of medicinal products.  The Commission stated in its Impact Assessment for the revised pharmaceutical legislation that it wants to strike a balance between “providing attractive incentives for innovation and supporting timely patient access to medicinal products across the EU.” 

This is the first in a series of Covington blogs about the EU’s proposals to amend the current pharmaceutical regulatory framework, which were released today (see here).  It introduces some of the key aims and themes and invites readers to read more in-depth summaries as we release them. 

The proposals have been in

Last week, Jeremy Hunt, Chancellor of the Exchequer, published his Spring Budget for the UK.  It identified life sciences and digital technologies as “high growth sectors,” which the UK Government wishes to prioritize.  Among other things, the Budget outlined the Government’s plans to simplify medicines and technology approvals, plus changes to the regulation