On 31 May 2022, the Italian Parliament approved Law 62/2022, also known as the Sunshine Act. The Sunshine Act entered into force on 26 June 2022. However, it will become fully enforceable once the Ministry of Health sets up the Public Register where companies will have to disclose their data and issues the necessary implementing acts. This means that realistically the new transparency system will not be operational before 2023. Nonetheless, it is critical that companies operating in Italy make sure that they are ready when the time comes. Here, we outline some of the key features of the new Sunshine Act and the steps that companies could take in preparation.
The Italian Legislative Decree 196/2021 (“Italian Decree”) implementing the Single-Use Plastic Directive (“SUPD”) will enter into force on January 14, 2022. The Italian Decree diverges from the SUPD on significant aspects: it provides a more flexible definition of plastic; delays the entry into force of the ban on prohibited SUPs; and exempts from such ban specific biodegradable and compostable materials. The Decree also imposes specific return obligations on waste plastic bottles. While the Italian Decree provides companies with additional flexibilities to market their SUPs in Italy, companies should carefully assess the risks that may arise if EU Courts finally hold that the Decree is not compatible with EU law.
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