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Does EC40, a chlorhexidin lacquer to prevent tooth decay, qualify as a medicinal product or not?

The Dutch Minister of Healthcare decided that EC40, a lacquer containing chlorhexidin used for the purpose of preventing tooth decay, should be regarded as both a medicinal product by presentation as well…
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The Netherlands ∙ Proposed Solutions to Tackle Expensive Medicines in The Netherlands: A Critical Review

If you have an interest in Life Sciences, I am glad to draw your attention to my Report in the latest edition of the European Pharmaceutical Law Review (EPLR). As many of…
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The Dutch National Probiotic Guide: an innovative alternative for health claims on beneficial bacteria

Probiotics are known as “beneficial bacteria” that can be found in, amongst others, dairy products and food supplements. They are defined by the joint FAO/WHO expert consultation on probiotics as “live microorganisms…
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Take # 1 on Harvard’s Clean Meat Regulatory Roundtable (9-10 August 2018)

Cultured meat has been an increasingly hot topic since the first “clean meat” hamburger was introduced in London in 2013. The technology involves using cell culturing techniques to multiply a small amount of…
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Bottlenecks, Brexit and stalling CAMD roll-out

With the summer holidays about to happen and the halfway point of the three year transitional period for the MDR on the horizon, let’s take stock of where we are. If you…
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Dutch scoop: new Advisory Group on the Status of Borderline Products

Last week, the creation of the new Advisory Group on the Status of Borderline Products was published in the Dutch Government Gazette. The Advisory Group consists of expert representatives from the Healthcare…
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The new Organic Regulation: from farm to fork approach reinforced

The organic sector has developed from a niche market to one of the most dynamic sectors of EU agriculture. To recall some numbers provided by the European Commission, the amount of land…
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IVDR and MDR implementation seminar

If you are in the neighbourhood of Amsterdam this Wednesday 18 April, consider dropping by for our IVDR and MDR implementation seminar because there are still some seats left. IVDR is mentioned…
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Moving in high spirits towards crystal clear alcoholic beverage information

Last month, the European alcoholic beverages sectors handed over to the European Commission a self-regulatory proposal on the provision of nutrition information and ingredients listing. Article 16(4) of the Food Information for…
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