life science | In Principle

Go to content
Subscribe to newsletter
In principle newsletter subscription form

life science

Special oversight of contracts for supply of agricultural products
On 17 February 2017 the president of the Agricultural Market Agency issued a set of instructions entitled “Conditions for Monitoring of Contracts for Supply of Agricultural Products.” The document includes guidelines for the content and procedure for conclusion of such contracts and the rules for monitoring compliance with the obligation to conclude contracts in writing between buyers, sellers and intermediaries trading in agricultural products in Poland.
Special oversight of contracts for supply of agricultural products
Cybersecurity and the healthcare sector
It has generally been assumed that sectors like finance, energy and transport are most at risk for attacks by cyber criminals. But according to forecasts by Europol, in 2017 sensitive medical data of patients stored in poorly secured hospital systems will be in the front lines of cyberattacks. Blocking of the IT system or leaking of patient data can disrupt the work of a medical unit to such a degree that it is unable to treat patients until it pays a heavy ransom to cyber criminals. Is it possible to protect against such a scenario?
Cybersecurity and the healthcare sector
E-labels on foods
Consumers and producers alike complain that labels on food products are hard to understand. Could the solution for crowding in too much information be an electronic label where data of interest to the consumer could be checked using a smartphone app?
E-labels on foods
New trends in food law
An interview with Prof. Małgorzata Korzycka of the Department of Agricultural Law at the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Warsaw on barriers to free movement of goods on the EU food market, and the growing role of private food law.
New trends in food law
In promoting foods, only the consumer’s interests count
The same requirements for nutrition claims and health claims prevail in communications targeted to specialists as in messages aimed at consumers. Consumer protection is the overriding priority.
In promoting foods, only the consumer’s interests count
Contact lenses are not cosmetics
The varying definitions of life science products and applicable provisions of EU directives and regulations can confuse even the most experienced judges, as in the case of a recent preliminary ruling by the Court of Justice sought by the regional court in the German city of Krefeld.
Contact lenses are not cosmetics
Additional information about foods: A benefit for the consumer or a threat to competitors?
Apart from information about food products required by law, food producers may include optional information on labels concerning the characteristics of the product. Typically not much additional information is provided, because after inclusion of the mandatory data there’s not much room left on the label. This makes selection and verification of this additional information particularly important. Well-chosen additional information can help sell the product, but poorly chosen information can generate serious legal problems.
Additional information about foods: A benefit for the consumer or a threat to competitors?
New criterion for evaluating product safety
The Court of Justice of the European Union has held that the probability of a defect can make a product defective.
New criterion for evaluating product safety
Upcoming (r)evolution in school shops – what can food producers offer children in Polish schools?
After more than two years of discussions, the Food Safety and Nutrition Amendment Act concerning children’s nutrition at schools was enacted on 28 November 2014. The new law, which comes into force on 1 September 2015, aims to eliminate unhealthy food from school shops and prohibit the promotion of unhealthy foods within educational institutions.
Upcoming (r)evolution in school shops – what can food producers offer children in Polish schools?
New rules for access to clinical reports
The European Medicines Agency has adopted a policy of proactive publication of reports from clinical trials. The rule of transparency of clinical results is to be implemented starting 1 January 2015, and the first publications should coincide with entry into force of the EU’s new Clinical Trials Regulation, scheduled for 28 May 2016. What will the new rules mean in practice?
New rules for access to clinical reports
The new EU data protection framework and medical research
The EU’s proposed General Data Protection Regulation has raised issues about the impact that new privacy protections may have on how clinical trials are conducted and information about patients is used for research purposes. Sylwia Paszek of Wardyński & Partners discussed concerns about the draft regulation in an interview by Simon Fuller.
The new EU data protection framework and medical research
An educated consumer is a huge asset for any firm
An interview with Katarzyna Wójcicka, chair of the Expert Council of the Polish Council for Supplements and Nutritional Foods (KRSiO), and Joanna Krakowiak, chair of the Ethics Committee of KRSiO and legal adviser in the Life Science and Regulatory Practice of Wardyński & Partners.
An educated consumer is a huge asset for any firm