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New Zealand: Government Consulting on Proposed Patent Term Extension Regulations

(July 15, 2016) On July 11, 2016, the New Zealand Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Paul Goldsmith, announced the release of a consultation document on proposed regulations for patent term extensions.  (Press Release, Paul Goldsmith, Consultation on Patent Term Extensions (July 11, 2016), BEEHIVE.GOVT.NZ.) The regulations will implement specific intellectual property provisions in the […]

Israel: New Rules on Medical Care of a Minor Victimized by Parent

(June 14, 2016) On March 29, 2016, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed an amendment to the Patient’s Rights Law that obviates the need for parental consent and delivery of medical information in certain cases of the medical treatment of minors. (Patient’s Rights Law (Amendment No. 9), 5776-2016 (Amendment Law), SEFER HAHUKIM [BOOK OF LAWS, the […]

Israel: Law Prohibiting Human Cloning Amended

(June 7, 2016) On May 23, 2016, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Prohibition on Genetic Intervention (Human Cloning and Genetic Change in Reproductive Cells) (Amendment No. 3), 5776- 2016. (Amendment Law, Knesset website (in Hebrew).) The Amendment Law amends the Prohibition on Genetic Intervention (Human Cloning and Genetic Change in Reproductive Cells) Law 5759-1999.  […]

Japan: Basic Act on Suicide Prevention Amended

(June 7, 2016) Japan’s Basic Act on Suicide Prevention was amended on March 30, 2016; the amendment act became effective on April 1, 2016. (Act to Amend Basic Act on Suicide Prevention, Act No. 11 of 2016.) The amended Act obligates municipalities, in addition to prefecture governments, to establish suicide prevention plans. (Act on Suicide […]

New Zealand: Draft Regulations on Plain Packaging of Cigarettes Released

(June 2, 2016) On May 31, 2016, the New Zealand Ministry of Health released draft regulations that would implement the Smoke-Free Environments (Tobacco Plain Packaging) Amendment Bill, which is currently being considered by the Parliament.  (Standardised Tobacco Products and Packaging Draft Regulations, Ministry of Health website (May 31, 2016); Smoke-Free Environments (Tobacco Plain Packaging) Amendment […]

Nepal: Immunization Law Adopted

(May 24, 2016) On January 26, 2016, Nepal’s President, Bidya Devi Bhandari, signed into law legislation on immunization. According to the Sabine Vaccine Institute, the new law is “a landmark piece of legislation that will make the country’s national immunization program more financially sustainable as new, costlier vaccines are introduced.”  (Nepal Enacts Bill to Strengthen […]

Brazil: Registration of Babies Born from In Vitro Fertilization or Surrogacy

(Apr. 28, 2016) On March 14, 2016, Brazil’s National Internal Affairs Office (Corregedoria Nacional de Justica, CNJ) published Act No. 52,  regulating the issuance of a birth certificate for children whose parents opted for reproductive techniques such as in vitro fertilization and “pregnancy by substitution” (barriga de aluguel), which is better known as “surrogacy.” (Provimento No. […]

Brazil: Import and Use of Marijuana-Based Medicine Products Authorized

(Mar. 28, 2016) On March 18, 2016, the Brazilian Health Surveillance Agency (Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária, ANVISA) enacted Collegiate Board Resolution No. 66 (Resolução da Diretoria Colegiada – RDC No. 66 de 18 de Março, D.O.U. No. 54, de 21 de Março de 2016), which was published in the country’s Official Gazette (Diário Oficial […]

South Korea: Five-Year Mental Health Plan Aimed at Reducing Suicides Adopted

(Mar. 9, 2016) The Korean government adopted a five-year plan of comprehensive measures on mental illness, covering the years 2016-2021.  The plan promotes early detection of mental illness and obligates the government to reduce co-pays for mental health care.  The government also plans to develop a campaign to reduce prejudice against mentally ill people.  (Serving […]

Sweden: Supreme Administrative Court Declares E-Cigarettes Not Medical Devices

(Feb. 26, 2016) On February 17, 2016, the Swedish Supreme Administrative Court issued a decision in which it found that e-cigarettes are not medical devices and therefore are not regulated by the Läkemedelsverket (Medical Products Agency). (Supreme Administrative Court 2016-02-17 ref 1385-15 (Case 1385-15), download at Press Release, E-cigaretter är inte läkemedel (Feb. 17, 2016), […]