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Belgium: Proposed Amendment on Removal of Abortion from Penal Code

(Aug. 23, 2018) On August 1, 2018, the Justice Commission of the Belgian Chamber of Representatives adopted a bill introduced by representatives of the Ecolo-Groen opposition party that would remove abortion from the Penal Code and place relevant provisions in a public health law. (Proposition de loi relative à l’interruption volontaire de grossesse (1er août […]

Italy: Constitutional Court Annuls Legislation Permitting Continuation of Activities by an Industrial Facility of National Strategic Interest

(Apr. 23, 2018) On February 7, 2018, the Italian Constitutional Court declared the unconstitutionality of several legal provisions that allowed the continuation of activities at industrial facilities considered of national strategic interest in violation of constitutionally protected workers’ rights. (Decision No. 58 of March 23, 2018, Issued in a Constitutional Legitimacy Case by Incidental Procedure (the […]

Italy: New Law on Clinical Trials of Medicines and Reorganization of Health Professions Enters into Force

(Apr. 12, 2018) On February 15, 2018, a new law on clinical trials of medicines came into effect in Italy. (Law No. 3 of January 11, 2018, on the Delegation of Power to the Government over Clinical Trials of Medicines as well as on Provisions for Reorganizing the Health Professions and on the Health Directorate […]

South Korea: People Who Report Unleashed Dogs to Be Rewarded

(Mar. 23, 2018) Facing a significant rise in the number of dog-attack incidents in South Korea, the National Assembly recently amended the Animal Protection Act (Act No. 4379, May 31, 1991, Korean Legislation Research Institute [KLRI] website)—first in March 2017 (Act No. 14651, Mar. 21, 2017, in Korean, Ministry of the Interior and Safety [MOIS] […]

Iran: New Law Poses Health and Financial Problems for Thalassemia Sufferers

(Sept. 27, 2017) A recent Iranian law that in effect removes all foreign medications from the list of drugs covered by insurance organizations reportedly endangers the health of a large percentage of the country’s thalassemia patients and subjects them to heavy financial burdens.  (Law Creating Hurdles for Thalassemia Patients, FINANCIAL TRIBUNE (July 26, 2017).)  The […]

Brazil: State Tribunal and State Government Sign Agreement to Promote Conciliation

(Sept. 15, 2016) The Justice Tribunal of the State of Minas Gerais and the State Secretariat of Health of Minas Gerais, on August 18, 2016, signed a technical cooperation agreement (termo de cooperação técnica) to promote conciliation procedures involving complaints related to public health.  The agreement was in compliance with the National Judicial Policy on Proper […]

France: Constitutional Court Confirms Legal Obligation to Vaccinate Children

(June 23, 2015) On March 20, 2015, the Conseil constitutionnel (Constitutional Council) found that the French legal requirement for parents to have their children vaccinated against diphtheria, tetanus, and poliomyelitis was constitutionally valid. (Conseil Constitutionnel (Constitutional Council), Decision No. 2015-458 QPC, Epoux L. (Mar. 20, 2015), Conseil Constitutionnel website.) The Conseil constitutionnel is the French […]

France: Law on Public Exposure to Electromagnetic Waves Adopted

(Feb. 5, 2015) The French parliament recently adopted a law regulating public exposure to electromagnetic waves. (Proposition de loi relative à la sobriété, à la transparence, à l’information et à la concertation en matière d’exposition aux ondes électromagnétiques, Texte définitif [Proposed Law on Sobriety, Transparency, Information and Consultation on Exposure to Electromagnetic Waves, Final Text], […]

Portugal: Government Establishes Inter-Ministerial Coordination Commission on Ebola

(Oct. 28, 2014) On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission on the Coordination of the Response to Ebola, headed by the Ministry of Health, will comprise […]