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The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 23 Sep 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403709_text Global Legal Monitor: Sri Lanka: Food Safety Measures Approved http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403689_text Workers safety and health; Foreign trade and international finance - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 05 Sep 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403689_text Global Legal Monitor: European Union: New Regulation on Biocides http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403688_text Environmental protection; Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 04 Sep 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403688_text Global Legal Monitor: Italy: Plan to Control Boat Traffic in Venice http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403683_text Workers safety and health; Transportation and public works - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 29 Aug 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403683_text Global Legal Monitor: Denmark: Doctors Concerned About Data Sharing http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403623_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 28 Jun 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403623_text Global Legal Monitor: Denmark: Government Plans Health Care Reforms http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403589_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 13 May 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403589_text Global Legal Monitor: Germany: Patients' Rights http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403569_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 23 Apr 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403569_text Global Legal Monitor: China: Mental Health Law Takes Effect on May 1 http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403562_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 19 Apr 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403562_text Global Legal Monitor: Japan: New Flu Special Measures Act Moved Up http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403551_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 15 Apr 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403551_text Global Legal Monitor: Australia; New Zealand: New Food Labeling Standard Requires Manufacturers to Prove Health Claims http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403548_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 11 Apr 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403548_text Global Legal Monitor: Japan: Three Vaccinations Added to Routine Vaccination Schedules http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403546_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 09 Apr 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403546_text Global Legal Monitor: Japan: Court Decision Liberalizes Online OTC Drug Sales http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403519_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 13 Mar 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403519_text Global Legal Monitor: Mexico: Directive Allows Sale of Pharmaceuticals Previously Approved by the U.S. FDA http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403431_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 14 Dec 2012 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403431_text Global Legal Monitor: Israel: Amendment to Organ Donation Law Passed http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403398_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 08 Nov 2012 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403398_text Global Legal Monitor: Italy: Supreme Court Ruling on Mobile Phones and Tumors http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403378_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 23 Oct 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403378_text Global Legal Monitor: China: Blacklist System to Be Established for Pharmaceutical Safety http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403359_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 05 Oct 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403359_text Global Legal Monitor: Russia: Physicians Required to Make House Calls http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403290_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug.... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 20 Aug 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403290_text Global Legal Monitor: Turkey: Law Restricting Caesarean Births http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403244_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 17 Jul 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403244_text Global Legal Monitor: Brazil: New Law Criminalizes Collateral Security for Emergency Medical Care http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403178_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 05 Jun 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403178_text Global Legal Monitor: Kenya: Court Orders Parliament to Review Law Threatening Access to Generic Medicine http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403115_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 25 Apr 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403115_text Global Legal Monitor: Japan: New Permissible Levels of Radioactivity in Foods http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403082_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 09 Apr 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403082_text Global Legal Monitor: Sri Lanka: Restrictions Placed on Sale of Herbicide http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403059_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 28 Mar 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403059_text Global Legal Monitor: Israel: Restrictions on Depiction of Underweight Models in Commercials http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403053_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 26 Mar 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403053_text Global Legal Monitor: Israel: Restricting Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540453_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 31 Jan 2012 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540453_text Global Legal Monitor: France: New Law on Drug Safety http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402911_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 31 Jan 2012 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402911_text Global Legal Monitor: United Nations: Medical Waste Regime Recommended http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402808_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 19 Sep 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402808_text Global Legal Monitor: Brazil: Sale of Spray Paint to Minors Prohibited http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402692_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 31 May 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402692_text Global Legal Monitor: Israel: New Law on Protection Against Asbestos http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402605_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 04 Apr 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402605_text Global Legal Monitor: Sri Lanka: Government Campaign Against Dengue Relies on Fines http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402557_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 07 Mar 2011 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402557_text Global Legal Monitor: Finland: Proposal to Restrict Alcoholic Beverage Image Advertising Fails Again to Materialize http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402553_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to It was reported on March 2, 2011, that the Finnish government failed to produce a legislative proposal on restricting image advertising of alcoholic beverages. The development took place in a meeting between negotiators for the Parliamentary... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 04 Mar 2011 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402553_text Global Legal Monitor: European Union: Prohibition of Bisphenol A in Baby Bottles http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402552_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to It was reported on March 2, 2011, that the Finnish government failed to produce a legislative proposal on restricting image advertising of alcoholic beverages. The development took place in a meeting between negotiators for the Parliamentary The European Union Directive 2011/8/EU enters into force on March 1, 2011. It contains an important provision for protecting the health of the most vulnerable group of consumer, infants, because it prohibits the manufacturing of baby... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 03 Mar 2011 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402552_text Global Legal Monitor: Portugal: New Regulation for Stem Cell Research http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402545_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to It was reported on March 2, 2011, that the Finnish government failed to produce a legislative proposal on restricting image advertising of alcoholic beverages. The development took place in a meeting between negotiators for the Parliamentary The European Union Directive 2011/8/EU enters into force on March 1, 2011. It contains an important provision for protecting the health of the most vulnerable group of consumer, infants, because it prohibits the manufacturing of baby The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, diagnosis, and detection of the origin and treatment of degenerative... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 01 Mar 2011 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402545_text Global Legal Monitor: South Africa: Proposal to Establish Healthcare Consumer Protection Agency http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402487_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to It was reported on March 2, 2011, that the Finnish government failed to produce a legislative proposal on restricting image advertising of alcoholic beverages. The development took place in a meeting between negotiators for the Parliamentary The European Union Directive 2011/8/EU enters into force on March 1, 2011. It contains an important provision for protecting the health of the most vulnerable group of consumer, infants, because it prohibits the manufacturing of baby The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, diagnosis, and detection of the origin and treatment of degenerative On January 24, 2011, the South African Department of Health released a proposal, the National Health Amendment Bill, which, if approved by the National Assembly, will establish an oversight body -- the Office of Health Standards... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 26 Jan 2011 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402487_text Global Legal Monitor: Turkey: New Regulation Banning Asbestos Takes Effect http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402453_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to It was reported on March 2, 2011, that the Finnish government failed to produce a legislative proposal on restricting image advertising of alcoholic beverages. The development took place in a meeting between negotiators for the Parliamentary The European Union Directive 2011/8/EU enters into force on March 1, 2011. It contains an important provision for protecting the health of the most vulnerable group of consumer, infants, because it prohibits the manufacturing of baby The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, diagnosis, and detection of the origin and treatment of degenerative On January 24, 2011, the South African Department of Health released a proposal, the National Health Amendment Bill, which, if approved by the National Assembly, will establish an oversight body -- the Office of Health Standards The Environment Management Directorate General of Turkey announced on December 30, 2010, that effective December 31 a regulation banning the production, use, and supply of asbestos would take effect in the country. A partial ban has... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 06 Jan 2011 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402453_text Global Legal Monitor: China: Measures on Release of Food Safety Information http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402431_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to It was reported on March 2, 2011, that the Finnish government failed to produce a legislative proposal on restricting image advertising of alcoholic beverages. The development took place in a meeting between negotiators for the Parliamentary The European Union Directive 2011/8/EU enters into force on March 1, 2011. It contains an important provision for protecting the health of the most vulnerable group of consumer, infants, because it prohibits the manufacturing of baby The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, diagnosis, and detection of the origin and treatment of degenerative On January 24, 2011, the South African Department of Health released a proposal, the National Health Amendment Bill, which, if approved by the National Assembly, will establish an oversight body -- the Office of Health Standards The Environment Management Directorate General of Turkey announced on December 30, 2010, that effective December 31 a regulation banning the production, use, and supply of asbestos would take effect in the country. A partial ban has On November 3, 2010, China's Ministries of Health, Agriculture, and Commerce, together with other government agencies, jointly issued the Measures for Administration of Release of Food Safety Information. Food safety information includes data compiled or... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 20 Dec 2010 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402431_text Global Legal Monitor: Russia: Legislative Ban on Human Cloning Proposed http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402417_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to It was reported on March 2, 2011, that the Finnish government failed to produce a legislative proposal on restricting image advertising of alcoholic beverages. The development took place in a meeting between negotiators for the Parliamentary The European Union Directive 2011/8/EU enters into force on March 1, 2011. It contains an important provision for protecting the health of the most vulnerable group of consumer, infants, because it prohibits the manufacturing of baby The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, diagnosis, and detection of the origin and treatment of degenerative On January 24, 2011, the South African Department of Health released a proposal, the National Health Amendment Bill, which, if approved by the National Assembly, will establish an oversight body -- the Office of Health Standards The Environment Management Directorate General of Turkey announced on December 30, 2010, that effective December 31 a regulation banning the production, use, and supply of asbestos would take effect in the country. A partial ban has On November 3, 2010, China's Ministries of Health, Agriculture, and Commerce, together with other government agencies, jointly issued the Measures for Administration of Release of Food Safety Information. Food safety information includes data compiled or On December 6, 2010, the Ministry of Health Care and Social Development of the Russian Federation submitted its version of the Biomedical Cell Technologies Act to the Cabinet of Ministers for that body's approval and recommendation... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 13 Dec 2010 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402417_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Geology Law Adopted http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402398_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to It was reported on March 2, 2011, that the Finnish government failed to produce a legislative proposal on restricting image advertising of alcoholic beverages. The development took place in a meeting between negotiators for the Parliamentary The European Union Directive 2011/8/EU enters into force on March 1, 2011. It contains an important provision for protecting the health of the most vulnerable group of consumer, infants, because it prohibits the manufacturing of baby The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, diagnosis, and detection of the origin and treatment of degenerative On January 24, 2011, the South African Department of Health released a proposal, the National Health Amendment Bill, which, if approved by the National Assembly, will establish an oversight body -- the Office of Health Standards The Environment Management Directorate General of Turkey announced on December 30, 2010, that effective December 31 a regulation banning the production, use, and supply of asbestos would take effect in the country. A partial ban has On November 3, 2010, China's Ministries of Health, Agriculture, and Commerce, together with other government agencies, jointly issued the Measures for Administration of Release of Food Safety Information. Food safety information includes data compiled or On December 6, 2010, the Ministry of Health Care and Social Development of the Russian Federation submitted its version of the Biomedical Cell Technologies Act to the Cabinet of Ministers for that body's approval and recommendation Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 29 Nov 2010 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402398_text Global Legal Monitor: Nigeria: Federal Government Sued for Exposing Group to HIV/AIDS http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402369_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to It was reported on March 2, 2011, that the Finnish government failed to produce a legislative proposal on restricting image advertising of alcoholic beverages. The development took place in a meeting between negotiators for the Parliamentary The European Union Directive 2011/8/EU enters into force on March 1, 2011. It contains an important provision for protecting the health of the most vulnerable group of consumer, infants, because it prohibits the manufacturing of baby The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, diagnosis, and detection of the origin and treatment of degenerative On January 24, 2011, the South African Department of Health released a proposal, the National Health Amendment Bill, which, if approved by the National Assembly, will establish an oversight body -- the Office of Health Standards The Environment Management Directorate General of Turkey announced on December 30, 2010, that effective December 31 a regulation banning the production, use, and supply of asbestos would take effect in the country. A partial ban has On November 3, 2010, China's Ministries of Health, Agriculture, and Commerce, together with other government agencies, jointly issued the Measures for Administration of Release of Food Safety Information. Food safety information includes data compiled or On December 6, 2010, the Ministry of Health Care and Social Development of the Russian Federation submitted its version of the Biomedical Cell Technologies Act to the Cabinet of Ministers for that body's approval and recommendation Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a It was reported on November 4, 2010, that a group of individuals in Nigeria living with HIV/AIDS have instituted a civil action against the Nigerian federal government for importing defective condoms; it was the use of... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 12 Nov 2010 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402369_text Global Legal Monitor: Brazil: Antibiotics to Be Sold with Prescription Only http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402356_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to It was reported on March 2, 2011, that the Finnish government failed to produce a legislative proposal on restricting image advertising of alcoholic beverages. The development took place in a meeting between negotiators for the Parliamentary The European Union Directive 2011/8/EU enters into force on March 1, 2011. It contains an important provision for protecting the health of the most vulnerable group of consumer, infants, because it prohibits the manufacturing of baby The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, diagnosis, and detection of the origin and treatment of degenerative On January 24, 2011, the South African Department of Health released a proposal, the National Health Amendment Bill, which, if approved by the National Assembly, will establish an oversight body -- the Office of Health Standards The Environment Management Directorate General of Turkey announced on December 30, 2010, that effective December 31 a regulation banning the production, use, and supply of asbestos would take effect in the country. A partial ban has On November 3, 2010, China's Ministries of Health, Agriculture, and Commerce, together with other government agencies, jointly issued the Measures for Administration of Release of Food Safety Information. Food safety information includes data compiled or On December 6, 2010, the Ministry of Health Care and Social Development of the Russian Federation submitted its version of the Biomedical Cell Technologies Act to the Cabinet of Ministers for that body's approval and recommendation Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a It was reported on November 4, 2010, that a group of individuals in Nigeria living with HIV/AIDS have instituted a civil action against the Nigerian federal government for importing defective condoms; it was the use of On October 26, 2010, the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa - Agencia Nacional de Vigilandacirc;ncia Sanitandaacute;ria) issued an Administrative Act (Resoluandccedil;andatilde;o da Diretoria Colegiada RDC No. 44, de 26 de Outubro de 2010) regulating... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 05 Nov 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402356_text Global Legal Monitor: Finland: Pain Management for Dying Patients http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402274_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to It was reported on March 2, 2011, that the Finnish government failed to produce a legislative proposal on restricting image advertising of alcoholic beverages. The development took place in a meeting between negotiators for the Parliamentary The European Union Directive 2011/8/EU enters into force on March 1, 2011. It contains an important provision for protecting the health of the most vulnerable group of consumer, infants, because it prohibits the manufacturing of baby The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, diagnosis, and detection of the origin and treatment of degenerative On January 24, 2011, the South African Department of Health released a proposal, the National Health Amendment Bill, which, if approved by the National Assembly, will establish an oversight body -- the Office of Health Standards The Environment Management Directorate General of Turkey announced on December 30, 2010, that effective December 31 a regulation banning the production, use, and supply of asbestos would take effect in the country. A partial ban has On November 3, 2010, China's Ministries of Health, Agriculture, and Commerce, together with other government agencies, jointly issued the Measures for Administration of Release of Food Safety Information. Food safety information includes data compiled or On December 6, 2010, the Ministry of Health Care and Social Development of the Russian Federation submitted its version of the Biomedical Cell Technologies Act to the Cabinet of Ministers for that body's approval and recommendation Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a It was reported on November 4, 2010, that a group of individuals in Nigeria living with HIV/AIDS have instituted a civil action against the Nigerian federal government for importing defective condoms; it was the use of On October 26, 2010, the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa - Agencia Nacional de Vigilandacirc;ncia Sanitandaacute;ria) issued an Administrative Act (Resoluandccedil;andatilde;o da Diretoria Colegiada RDC No. 44, de 26 de Outubro de 2010) regulating On September 23, 2010, the Finnish government announced new guidelines for the care of the dying. The new rules apply to both public and private institutions and state that a patient's wishes must be taken into... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 28 Sep 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402274_text Global Legal Monitor: Kenya: "Poison Brew" Legalized http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402246_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to It was reported on March 2, 2011, that the Finnish government failed to produce a legislative proposal on restricting image advertising of alcoholic beverages. The development took place in a meeting between negotiators for the Parliamentary The European Union Directive 2011/8/EU enters into force on March 1, 2011. It contains an important provision for protecting the health of the most vulnerable group of consumer, infants, because it prohibits the manufacturing of baby The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, diagnosis, and detection of the origin and treatment of degenerative On January 24, 2011, the South African Department of Health released a proposal, the National Health Amendment Bill, which, if approved by the National Assembly, will establish an oversight body -- the Office of Health Standards The Environment Management Directorate General of Turkey announced on December 30, 2010, that effective December 31 a regulation banning the production, use, and supply of asbestos would take effect in the country. A partial ban has On November 3, 2010, China's Ministries of Health, Agriculture, and Commerce, together with other government agencies, jointly issued the Measures for Administration of Release of Food Safety Information. Food safety information includes data compiled or On December 6, 2010, the Ministry of Health Care and Social Development of the Russian Federation submitted its version of the Biomedical Cell Technologies Act to the Cabinet of Ministers for that body's approval and recommendation Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a It was reported on November 4, 2010, that a group of individuals in Nigeria living with HIV/AIDS have instituted a civil action against the Nigerian federal government for importing defective condoms; it was the use of On October 26, 2010, the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa - Agencia Nacional de Vigilandacirc;ncia Sanitandaacute;ria) issued an Administrative Act (Resoluandccedil;andatilde;o da Diretoria Colegiada RDC No. 44, de 26 de Outubro de 2010) regulating On September 23, 2010, the Finnish government announced new guidelines for the care of the dying. The new rules apply to both public and private institutions and state that a patient's wishes must be taken into It was reported on September 7, 2010, that Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki has signed into law the Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill, 2009 (the law), which seeks to dramatically shift Kenya's policy on the regulation of production,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 17 Sep 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402246_text Global Legal Monitor: Sri Lanka: Free Health Care to Be Limited for Addicts http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402198_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to It was reported on March 2, 2011, that the Finnish government failed to produce a legislative proposal on restricting image advertising of alcoholic beverages. The development took place in a meeting between negotiators for the Parliamentary The European Union Directive 2011/8/EU enters into force on March 1, 2011. It contains an important provision for protecting the health of the most vulnerable group of consumer, infants, because it prohibits the manufacturing of baby The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, diagnosis, and detection of the origin and treatment of degenerative On January 24, 2011, the South African Department of Health released a proposal, the National Health Amendment Bill, which, if approved by the National Assembly, will establish an oversight body -- the Office of Health Standards The Environment Management Directorate General of Turkey announced on December 30, 2010, that effective December 31 a regulation banning the production, use, and supply of asbestos would take effect in the country. A partial ban has On November 3, 2010, China's Ministries of Health, Agriculture, and Commerce, together with other government agencies, jointly issued the Measures for Administration of Release of Food Safety Information. Food safety information includes data compiled or On December 6, 2010, the Ministry of Health Care and Social Development of the Russian Federation submitted its version of the Biomedical Cell Technologies Act to the Cabinet of Ministers for that body's approval and recommendation Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a It was reported on November 4, 2010, that a group of individuals in Nigeria living with HIV/AIDS have instituted a civil action against the Nigerian federal government for importing defective condoms; it was the use of On October 26, 2010, the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa - Agencia Nacional de Vigilandacirc;ncia Sanitandaacute;ria) issued an Administrative Act (Resoluandccedil;andatilde;o da Diretoria Colegiada RDC No. 44, de 26 de Outubro de 2010) regulating On September 23, 2010, the Finnish government announced new guidelines for the care of the dying. The new rules apply to both public and private institutions and state that a patient's wishes must be taken into It was reported on September 7, 2010, that Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki has signed into law the Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill, 2009 (the law), which seeks to dramatically shift Kenya's policy on the regulation of production, On August 26, 2010, Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, announced a plan to amend that country's laws so that the free medical facilities that are provided to all citizens will no longer be available... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 31 Aug 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402198_text Global Legal Monitor: Germany: Court Permits Embryo Screening http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402200_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to It was reported on March 2, 2011, that the Finnish government failed to produce a legislative proposal on restricting image advertising of alcoholic beverages. The development took place in a meeting between negotiators for the Parliamentary The European Union Directive 2011/8/EU enters into force on March 1, 2011. It contains an important provision for protecting the health of the most vulnerable group of consumer, infants, because it prohibits the manufacturing of baby The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, diagnosis, and detection of the origin and treatment of degenerative On January 24, 2011, the South African Department of Health released a proposal, the National Health Amendment Bill, which, if approved by the National Assembly, will establish an oversight body -- the Office of Health Standards The Environment Management Directorate General of Turkey announced on December 30, 2010, that effective December 31 a regulation banning the production, use, and supply of asbestos would take effect in the country. A partial ban has On November 3, 2010, China's Ministries of Health, Agriculture, and Commerce, together with other government agencies, jointly issued the Measures for Administration of Release of Food Safety Information. Food safety information includes data compiled or On December 6, 2010, the Ministry of Health Care and Social Development of the Russian Federation submitted its version of the Biomedical Cell Technologies Act to the Cabinet of Ministers for that body's approval and recommendation Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a It was reported on November 4, 2010, that a group of individuals in Nigeria living with HIV/AIDS have instituted a civil action against the Nigerian federal government for importing defective condoms; it was the use of On October 26, 2010, the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa - Agencia Nacional de Vigilandacirc;ncia Sanitandaacute;ria) issued an Administrative Act (Resoluandccedil;andatilde;o da Diretoria Colegiada RDC No. 44, de 26 de Outubro de 2010) regulating On September 23, 2010, the Finnish government announced new guidelines for the care of the dying. The new rules apply to both public and private institutions and state that a patient's wishes must be taken into It was reported on September 7, 2010, that Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki has signed into law the Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill, 2009 (the law), which seeks to dramatically shift Kenya's policy on the regulation of production, On August 26, 2010, Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, announced a plan to amend that country's laws so that the free medical facilities that are provided to all citizens will no longer be available On July 6, 2010, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) issued a decision that permits pre-implantation testing to screen for serious genetic defects (Docket No. 5 StR 386/09, http://juris.bundesgerichtshof.de/cgi-bin/rechtsprechung/document.py?Gericht=bghandamp;Art=pmandamp;Datum=2010andamp;Sort=3andamp;anz=160andamp;pos=23andamp;nr=52897andamp;linked=urtandamp;Blank=1andamp;file=dokument.pdf). The decision interprets section 1(1)... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 31 Aug 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402200_text Global Legal Monitor: Israel: Labeling of Pharmaceuticals http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402197_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to It was reported on March 2, 2011, that the Finnish government failed to produce a legislative proposal on restricting image advertising of alcoholic beverages. The development took place in a meeting between negotiators for the Parliamentary The European Union Directive 2011/8/EU enters into force on March 1, 2011. It contains an important provision for protecting the health of the most vulnerable group of consumer, infants, because it prohibits the manufacturing of baby The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, diagnosis, and detection of the origin and treatment of degenerative On January 24, 2011, the South African Department of Health released a proposal, the National Health Amendment Bill, which, if approved by the National Assembly, will establish an oversight body -- the Office of Health Standards The Environment Management Directorate General of Turkey announced on December 30, 2010, that effective December 31 a regulation banning the production, use, and supply of asbestos would take effect in the country. A partial ban has On November 3, 2010, China's Ministries of Health, Agriculture, and Commerce, together with other government agencies, jointly issued the Measures for Administration of Release of Food Safety Information. Food safety information includes data compiled or On December 6, 2010, the Ministry of Health Care and Social Development of the Russian Federation submitted its version of the Biomedical Cell Technologies Act to the Cabinet of Ministers for that body's approval and recommendation Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a It was reported on November 4, 2010, that a group of individuals in Nigeria living with HIV/AIDS have instituted a civil action against the Nigerian federal government for importing defective condoms; it was the use of On October 26, 2010, the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa - Agencia Nacional de Vigilandacirc;ncia Sanitandaacute;ria) issued an Administrative Act (Resoluandccedil;andatilde;o da Diretoria Colegiada RDC No. 44, de 26 de Outubro de 2010) regulating On September 23, 2010, the Finnish government announced new guidelines for the care of the dying. The new rules apply to both public and private institutions and state that a patient's wishes must be taken into It was reported on September 7, 2010, that Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki has signed into law the Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill, 2009 (the law), which seeks to dramatically shift Kenya's policy on the regulation of production, On August 26, 2010, Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, announced a plan to amend that country's laws so that the free medical facilities that are provided to all citizens will no longer be available On July 6, 2010, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) issued a decision that permits pre-implantation testing to screen for serious genetic defects (Docket No. 5 StR 386/09, http://juris.bundesgerichtshof.de/cgi-bin/rechtsprechung/document.py?Gericht=bghandamp;Art=pmandamp;Datum=2010andamp;Sort=3andamp;anz=160andamp;pos=23andamp;nr=52897andamp;linked=urtandamp;Blank=1andamp;file=dokument.pdf). The decision interprets section 1(1) On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Pharmacists Ordinance (New Version), 5741-1981, thereby extending the requirement of labeling, previously applicable to prescription medications, to over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. According to the amendment,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 30 Aug 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402197_text Global Legal Monitor: Israel: National Dental Care http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402144_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to It was reported on March 2, 2011, that the Finnish government failed to produce a legislative proposal on restricting image advertising of alcoholic beverages. The development took place in a meeting between negotiators for the Parliamentary The European Union Directive 2011/8/EU enters into force on March 1, 2011. It contains an important provision for protecting the health of the most vulnerable group of consumer, infants, because it prohibits the manufacturing of baby The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, diagnosis, and detection of the origin and treatment of degenerative On January 24, 2011, the South African Department of Health released a proposal, the National Health Amendment Bill, which, if approved by the National Assembly, will establish an oversight body -- the Office of Health Standards The Environment Management Directorate General of Turkey announced on December 30, 2010, that effective December 31 a regulation banning the production, use, and supply of asbestos would take effect in the country. A partial ban has On November 3, 2010, China's Ministries of Health, Agriculture, and Commerce, together with other government agencies, jointly issued the Measures for Administration of Release of Food Safety Information. Food safety information includes data compiled or On December 6, 2010, the Ministry of Health Care and Social Development of the Russian Federation submitted its version of the Biomedical Cell Technologies Act to the Cabinet of Ministers for that body's approval and recommendation Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a It was reported on November 4, 2010, that a group of individuals in Nigeria living with HIV/AIDS have instituted a civil action against the Nigerian federal government for importing defective condoms; it was the use of On October 26, 2010, the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa - Agencia Nacional de Vigilandacirc;ncia Sanitandaacute;ria) issued an Administrative Act (Resoluandccedil;andatilde;o da Diretoria Colegiada RDC No. 44, de 26 de Outubro de 2010) regulating On September 23, 2010, the Finnish government announced new guidelines for the care of the dying. The new rules apply to both public and private institutions and state that a patient's wishes must be taken into It was reported on September 7, 2010, that Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki has signed into law the Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill, 2009 (the law), which seeks to dramatically shift Kenya's policy on the regulation of production, On August 26, 2010, Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, announced a plan to amend that country's laws so that the free medical facilities that are provided to all citizens will no longer be available On July 6, 2010, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) issued a decision that permits pre-implantation testing to screen for serious genetic defects (Docket No. 5 StR 386/09, http://juris.bundesgerichtshof.de/cgi-bin/rechtsprechung/document.py?Gericht=bghandamp;Art=pmandamp;Datum=2010andamp;Sort=3andamp;anz=160andamp;pos=23andamp;nr=52897andamp;linked=urtandamp;Blank=1andamp;file=dokument.pdf). The decision interprets section 1(1) On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Pharmacists Ordinance (New Version), 5741-1981, thereby extending the requirement of labeling, previously applicable to prescription medications, to over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. According to the amendment, On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the National Health Insurance Law extending coverage for dental care to all Israeli residents. The amendment authorizes the Minister of Health to recognize dental... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 05 Aug 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402144_text Global Legal Monitor: Israel: Egg Donation http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402091_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to It was reported on March 2, 2011, that the Finnish government failed to produce a legislative proposal on restricting image advertising of alcoholic beverages. The development took place in a meeting between negotiators for the Parliamentary The European Union Directive 2011/8/EU enters into force on March 1, 2011. It contains an important provision for protecting the health of the most vulnerable group of consumer, infants, because it prohibits the manufacturing of baby The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, diagnosis, and detection of the origin and treatment of degenerative On January 24, 2011, the South African Department of Health released a proposal, the National Health Amendment Bill, which, if approved by the National Assembly, will establish an oversight body -- the Office of Health Standards The Environment Management Directorate General of Turkey announced on December 30, 2010, that effective December 31 a regulation banning the production, use, and supply of asbestos would take effect in the country. A partial ban has On November 3, 2010, China's Ministries of Health, Agriculture, and Commerce, together with other government agencies, jointly issued the Measures for Administration of Release of Food Safety Information. Food safety information includes data compiled or On December 6, 2010, the Ministry of Health Care and Social Development of the Russian Federation submitted its version of the Biomedical Cell Technologies Act to the Cabinet of Ministers for that body's approval and recommendation Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a It was reported on November 4, 2010, that a group of individuals in Nigeria living with HIV/AIDS have instituted a civil action against the Nigerian federal government for importing defective condoms; it was the use of On October 26, 2010, the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa - Agencia Nacional de Vigilandacirc;ncia Sanitandaacute;ria) issued an Administrative Act (Resoluandccedil;andatilde;o da Diretoria Colegiada RDC No. 44, de 26 de Outubro de 2010) regulating On September 23, 2010, the Finnish government announced new guidelines for the care of the dying. The new rules apply to both public and private institutions and state that a patient's wishes must be taken into It was reported on September 7, 2010, that Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki has signed into law the Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill, 2009 (the law), which seeks to dramatically shift Kenya's policy on the regulation of production, On August 26, 2010, Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, announced a plan to amend that country's laws so that the free medical facilities that are provided to all citizens will no longer be available On July 6, 2010, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) issued a decision that permits pre-implantation testing to screen for serious genetic defects (Docket No. 5 StR 386/09, http://juris.bundesgerichtshof.de/cgi-bin/rechtsprechung/document.py?Gericht=bghandamp;Art=pmandamp;Datum=2010andamp;Sort=3andamp;anz=160andamp;pos=23andamp;nr=52897andamp;linked=urtandamp;Blank=1andamp;file=dokument.pdf). The decision interprets section 1(1) On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Pharmacists Ordinance (New Version), 5741-1981, thereby extending the requirement of labeling, previously applicable to prescription medications, to over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. According to the amendment, On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the National Health Insurance Law extending coverage for dental care to all Israeli residents. The amendment authorizes the Minister of Health to recognize dental On June 7, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a comprehensive law regulating the donation of eggs to women who wish to give birth, but are otherwise unable to do so, and the use of unused... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 06 Jul 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402091_text Global Legal Monitor: Israel: Nutritional Information on Sugar http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402092_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to It was reported on March 2, 2011, that the Finnish government failed to produce a legislative proposal on restricting image advertising of alcoholic beverages. The development took place in a meeting between negotiators for the Parliamentary The European Union Directive 2011/8/EU enters into force on March 1, 2011. It contains an important provision for protecting the health of the most vulnerable group of consumer, infants, because it prohibits the manufacturing of baby The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, diagnosis, and detection of the origin and treatment of degenerative On January 24, 2011, the South African Department of Health released a proposal, the National Health Amendment Bill, which, if approved by the National Assembly, will establish an oversight body -- the Office of Health Standards The Environment Management Directorate General of Turkey announced on December 30, 2010, that effective December 31 a regulation banning the production, use, and supply of asbestos would take effect in the country. A partial ban has On November 3, 2010, China's Ministries of Health, Agriculture, and Commerce, together with other government agencies, jointly issued the Measures for Administration of Release of Food Safety Information. Food safety information includes data compiled or On December 6, 2010, the Ministry of Health Care and Social Development of the Russian Federation submitted its version of the Biomedical Cell Technologies Act to the Cabinet of Ministers for that body's approval and recommendation Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a It was reported on November 4, 2010, that a group of individuals in Nigeria living with HIV/AIDS have instituted a civil action against the Nigerian federal government for importing defective condoms; it was the use of On October 26, 2010, the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa - Agencia Nacional de Vigilandacirc;ncia Sanitandaacute;ria) issued an Administrative Act (Resoluandccedil;andatilde;o da Diretoria Colegiada RDC No. 44, de 26 de Outubro de 2010) regulating On September 23, 2010, the Finnish government announced new guidelines for the care of the dying. The new rules apply to both public and private institutions and state that a patient's wishes must be taken into It was reported on September 7, 2010, that Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki has signed into law the Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill, 2009 (the law), which seeks to dramatically shift Kenya's policy on the regulation of production, On August 26, 2010, Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, announced a plan to amend that country's laws so that the free medical facilities that are provided to all citizens will no longer be available On July 6, 2010, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) issued a decision that permits pre-implantation testing to screen for serious genetic defects (Docket No. 5 StR 386/09, http://juris.bundesgerichtshof.de/cgi-bin/rechtsprechung/document.py?Gericht=bghandamp;Art=pmandamp;Datum=2010andamp;Sort=3andamp;anz=160andamp;pos=23andamp;nr=52897andamp;linked=urtandamp;Blank=1andamp;file=dokument.pdf). The decision interprets section 1(1) On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Pharmacists Ordinance (New Version), 5741-1981, thereby extending the requirement of labeling, previously applicable to prescription medications, to over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. According to the amendment, On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the National Health Insurance Law extending coverage for dental care to all Israeli residents. The amendment authorizes the Minister of Health to recognize dental On June 7, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a comprehensive law regulating the donation of eggs to women who wish to give birth, but are otherwise unable to do so, and the use of unused On June 28, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a law authorizing the Minister of Health to issue regulations requiring the labeling of nutritional information about sugars in pre-packaged food. The further information on sugar content,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 06 Jul 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402092_text Global Legal Monitor: Rwanda: Bills on Banning Smoking and Legalizing Medical Marijuana http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402053_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to It was reported on March 2, 2011, that the Finnish government failed to produce a legislative proposal on restricting image advertising of alcoholic beverages. The development took place in a meeting between negotiators for the Parliamentary The European Union Directive 2011/8/EU enters into force on March 1, 2011. It contains an important provision for protecting the health of the most vulnerable group of consumer, infants, because it prohibits the manufacturing of baby The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, diagnosis, and detection of the origin and treatment of degenerative On January 24, 2011, the South African Department of Health released a proposal, the National Health Amendment Bill, which, if approved by the National Assembly, will establish an oversight body -- the Office of Health Standards The Environment Management Directorate General of Turkey announced on December 30, 2010, that effective December 31 a regulation banning the production, use, and supply of asbestos would take effect in the country. A partial ban has On November 3, 2010, China's Ministries of Health, Agriculture, and Commerce, together with other government agencies, jointly issued the Measures for Administration of Release of Food Safety Information. Food safety information includes data compiled or On December 6, 2010, the Ministry of Health Care and Social Development of the Russian Federation submitted its version of the Biomedical Cell Technologies Act to the Cabinet of Ministers for that body's approval and recommendation Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a It was reported on November 4, 2010, that a group of individuals in Nigeria living with HIV/AIDS have instituted a civil action against the Nigerian federal government for importing defective condoms; it was the use of On October 26, 2010, the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa - Agencia Nacional de Vigilandacirc;ncia Sanitandaacute;ria) issued an Administrative Act (Resoluandccedil;andatilde;o da Diretoria Colegiada RDC No. 44, de 26 de Outubro de 2010) regulating On September 23, 2010, the Finnish government announced new guidelines for the care of the dying. The new rules apply to both public and private institutions and state that a patient's wishes must be taken into It was reported on September 7, 2010, that Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki has signed into law the Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill, 2009 (the law), which seeks to dramatically shift Kenya's policy on the regulation of production, On August 26, 2010, Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, announced a plan to amend that country's laws so that the free medical facilities that are provided to all citizens will no longer be available On July 6, 2010, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) issued a decision that permits pre-implantation testing to screen for serious genetic defects (Docket No. 5 StR 386/09, http://juris.bundesgerichtshof.de/cgi-bin/rechtsprechung/document.py?Gericht=bghandamp;Art=pmandamp;Datum=2010andamp;Sort=3andamp;anz=160andamp;pos=23andamp;nr=52897andamp;linked=urtandamp;Blank=1andamp;file=dokument.pdf). The decision interprets section 1(1) On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Pharmacists Ordinance (New Version), 5741-1981, thereby extending the requirement of labeling, previously applicable to prescription medications, to over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. According to the amendment, On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the National Health Insurance Law extending coverage for dental care to all Israeli residents. The amendment authorizes the Minister of Health to recognize dental On June 7, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a comprehensive law regulating the donation of eggs to women who wish to give birth, but are otherwise unable to do so, and the use of unused On June 28, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a law authorizing the Minister of Health to issue regulations requiring the labeling of nutritional information about sugars in pre-packaged food. The further information on sugar content, On June 7, 2010, Dr. Richard Sezibera the Minister of Health, introduced a bill on banning smoking in public places to the Rwandan Parliament for floor action. (Edwin Musoni, Anti-Smoking Bill Goes to Parliament, THE NEW... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 15 Jun 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402053_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Draft Bill on Research Involving Human Subjects http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402030_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to It was reported on March 2, 2011, that the Finnish government failed to produce a legislative proposal on restricting image advertising of alcoholic beverages. The development took place in a meeting between negotiators for the Parliamentary The European Union Directive 2011/8/EU enters into force on March 1, 2011. It contains an important provision for protecting the health of the most vulnerable group of consumer, infants, because it prohibits the manufacturing of baby The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, diagnosis, and detection of the origin and treatment of degenerative On January 24, 2011, the South African Department of Health released a proposal, the National Health Amendment Bill, which, if approved by the National Assembly, will establish an oversight body -- the Office of Health Standards The Environment Management Directorate General of Turkey announced on December 30, 2010, that effective December 31 a regulation banning the production, use, and supply of asbestos would take effect in the country. A partial ban has On November 3, 2010, China's Ministries of Health, Agriculture, and Commerce, together with other government agencies, jointly issued the Measures for Administration of Release of Food Safety Information. Food safety information includes data compiled or On December 6, 2010, the Ministry of Health Care and Social Development of the Russian Federation submitted its version of the Biomedical Cell Technologies Act to the Cabinet of Ministers for that body's approval and recommendation Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a It was reported on November 4, 2010, that a group of individuals in Nigeria living with HIV/AIDS have instituted a civil action against the Nigerian federal government for importing defective condoms; it was the use of On October 26, 2010, the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa - Agencia Nacional de Vigilandacirc;ncia Sanitandaacute;ria) issued an Administrative Act (Resoluandccedil;andatilde;o da Diretoria Colegiada RDC No. 44, de 26 de Outubro de 2010) regulating On September 23, 2010, the Finnish government announced new guidelines for the care of the dying. The new rules apply to both public and private institutions and state that a patient's wishes must be taken into It was reported on September 7, 2010, that Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki has signed into law the Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill, 2009 (the law), which seeks to dramatically shift Kenya's policy on the regulation of production, On August 26, 2010, Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, announced a plan to amend that country's laws so that the free medical facilities that are provided to all citizens will no longer be available On July 6, 2010, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) issued a decision that permits pre-implantation testing to screen for serious genetic defects (Docket No. 5 StR 386/09, http://juris.bundesgerichtshof.de/cgi-bin/rechtsprechung/document.py?Gericht=bghandamp;Art=pmandamp;Datum=2010andamp;Sort=3andamp;anz=160andamp;pos=23andamp;nr=52897andamp;linked=urtandamp;Blank=1andamp;file=dokument.pdf). The decision interprets section 1(1) On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Pharmacists Ordinance (New Version), 5741-1981, thereby extending the requirement of labeling, previously applicable to prescription medications, to over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. According to the amendment, On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the National Health Insurance Law extending coverage for dental care to all Israeli residents. The amendment authorizes the Minister of Health to recognize dental On June 7, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a comprehensive law regulating the donation of eggs to women who wish to give birth, but are otherwise unable to do so, and the use of unused On June 28, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a law authorizing the Minister of Health to issue regulations requiring the labeling of nutritional information about sugars in pre-packaged food. The further information on sugar content, On June 7, 2010, Dr. Richard Sezibera the Minister of Health, introduced a bill on banning smoking in public places to the Rwandan Parliament for floor action. (Edwin Musoni, Anti-Smoking Bill Goes to Parliament, THE NEW On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 07 Jun 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402030_text Global Legal Monitor: Namibia: Government Sued for Sterilizing Women on Account of their HIV Status http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402025_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to It was reported on March 2, 2011, that the Finnish government failed to produce a legislative proposal on restricting image advertising of alcoholic beverages. The development took place in a meeting between negotiators for the Parliamentary The European Union Directive 2011/8/EU enters into force on March 1, 2011. It contains an important provision for protecting the health of the most vulnerable group of consumer, infants, because it prohibits the manufacturing of baby The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, diagnosis, and detection of the origin and treatment of degenerative On January 24, 2011, the South African Department of Health released a proposal, the National Health Amendment Bill, which, if approved by the National Assembly, will establish an oversight body -- the Office of Health Standards The Environment Management Directorate General of Turkey announced on December 30, 2010, that effective December 31 a regulation banning the production, use, and supply of asbestos would take effect in the country. A partial ban has On November 3, 2010, China's Ministries of Health, Agriculture, and Commerce, together with other government agencies, jointly issued the Measures for Administration of Release of Food Safety Information. Food safety information includes data compiled or On December 6, 2010, the Ministry of Health Care and Social Development of the Russian Federation submitted its version of the Biomedical Cell Technologies Act to the Cabinet of Ministers for that body's approval and recommendation Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a It was reported on November 4, 2010, that a group of individuals in Nigeria living with HIV/AIDS have instituted a civil action against the Nigerian federal government for importing defective condoms; it was the use of On October 26, 2010, the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa - Agencia Nacional de Vigilandacirc;ncia Sanitandaacute;ria) issued an Administrative Act (Resoluandccedil;andatilde;o da Diretoria Colegiada RDC No. 44, de 26 de Outubro de 2010) regulating On September 23, 2010, the Finnish government announced new guidelines for the care of the dying. The new rules apply to both public and private institutions and state that a patient's wishes must be taken into It was reported on September 7, 2010, that Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki has signed into law the Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill, 2009 (the law), which seeks to dramatically shift Kenya's policy on the regulation of production, On August 26, 2010, Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, announced a plan to amend that country's laws so that the free medical facilities that are provided to all citizens will no longer be available On July 6, 2010, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) issued a decision that permits pre-implantation testing to screen for serious genetic defects (Docket No. 5 StR 386/09, http://juris.bundesgerichtshof.de/cgi-bin/rechtsprechung/document.py?Gericht=bghandamp;Art=pmandamp;Datum=2010andamp;Sort=3andamp;anz=160andamp;pos=23andamp;nr=52897andamp;linked=urtandamp;Blank=1andamp;file=dokument.pdf). The decision interprets section 1(1) On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Pharmacists Ordinance (New Version), 5741-1981, thereby extending the requirement of labeling, previously applicable to prescription medications, to over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. According to the amendment, On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the National Health Insurance Law extending coverage for dental care to all Israeli residents. The amendment authorizes the Minister of Health to recognize dental On June 7, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a comprehensive law regulating the donation of eggs to women who wish to give birth, but are otherwise unable to do so, and the use of unused On June 28, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a law authorizing the Minister of Health to issue regulations requiring the labeling of nutritional information about sugars in pre-packaged food. The further information on sugar content, On June 7, 2010, Dr. Richard Sezibera the Minister of Health, introduced a bill on banning smoking in public places to the Rwandan Parliament for floor action. (Edwin Musoni, Anti-Smoking Bill Goes to Parliament, THE NEW On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of It was reported on June 2, 2010, that six women represented by the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC), a local public-interest law firm, are suing the Namibian government for allegedly sterilizing them without their consent on account... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 03 Jun 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402025_text Global Legal Monitor: European Union: Proposal on Organ Donation and Transplantation http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402005_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to It was reported on March 2, 2011, that the Finnish government failed to produce a legislative proposal on restricting image advertising of alcoholic beverages. The development took place in a meeting between negotiators for the Parliamentary The European Union Directive 2011/8/EU enters into force on March 1, 2011. It contains an important provision for protecting the health of the most vulnerable group of consumer, infants, because it prohibits the manufacturing of baby The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, diagnosis, and detection of the origin and treatment of degenerative On January 24, 2011, the South African Department of Health released a proposal, the National Health Amendment Bill, which, if approved by the National Assembly, will establish an oversight body -- the Office of Health Standards The Environment Management Directorate General of Turkey announced on December 30, 2010, that effective December 31 a regulation banning the production, use, and supply of asbestos would take effect in the country. A partial ban has On November 3, 2010, China's Ministries of Health, Agriculture, and Commerce, together with other government agencies, jointly issued the Measures for Administration of Release of Food Safety Information. Food safety information includes data compiled or On December 6, 2010, the Ministry of Health Care and Social Development of the Russian Federation submitted its version of the Biomedical Cell Technologies Act to the Cabinet of Ministers for that body's approval and recommendation Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a It was reported on November 4, 2010, that a group of individuals in Nigeria living with HIV/AIDS have instituted a civil action against the Nigerian federal government for importing defective condoms; it was the use of On October 26, 2010, the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa - Agencia Nacional de Vigilandacirc;ncia Sanitandaacute;ria) issued an Administrative Act (Resoluandccedil;andatilde;o da Diretoria Colegiada RDC No. 44, de 26 de Outubro de 2010) regulating On September 23, 2010, the Finnish government announced new guidelines for the care of the dying. The new rules apply to both public and private institutions and state that a patient's wishes must be taken into It was reported on September 7, 2010, that Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki has signed into law the Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill, 2009 (the law), which seeks to dramatically shift Kenya's policy on the regulation of production, On August 26, 2010, Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, announced a plan to amend that country's laws so that the free medical facilities that are provided to all citizens will no longer be available On July 6, 2010, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) issued a decision that permits pre-implantation testing to screen for serious genetic defects (Docket No. 5 StR 386/09, http://juris.bundesgerichtshof.de/cgi-bin/rechtsprechung/document.py?Gericht=bghandamp;Art=pmandamp;Datum=2010andamp;Sort=3andamp;anz=160andamp;pos=23andamp;nr=52897andamp;linked=urtandamp;Blank=1andamp;file=dokument.pdf). The decision interprets section 1(1) On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Pharmacists Ordinance (New Version), 5741-1981, thereby extending the requirement of labeling, previously applicable to prescription medications, to over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. According to the amendment, On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the National Health Insurance Law extending coverage for dental care to all Israeli residents. The amendment authorizes the Minister of Health to recognize dental On June 7, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a comprehensive law regulating the donation of eggs to women who wish to give birth, but are otherwise unable to do so, and the use of unused On June 28, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a law authorizing the Minister of Health to issue regulations requiring the labeling of nutritional information about sugars in pre-packaged food. The further information on sugar content, On June 7, 2010, Dr. Richard Sezibera the Minister of Health, introduced a bill on banning smoking in public places to the Rwandan Parliament for floor action. (Edwin Musoni, Anti-Smoking Bill Goes to Parliament, THE NEW On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of It was reported on June 2, 2010, that six women represented by the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC), a local public-interest law firm, are suing the Namibian government for allegedly sterilizing them without their consent on account On May 19, 2010, the European Parliament approved a draft Directive on Standards of Quality and Safety of Human Organs Intended for Transplantation, initially proposed by the European Commission in August 2008. The Parliament, which adopted... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 25 May 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402005_text Global Legal Monitor: Uganda: HIV Prevention and Control Bill Proposed http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402001_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to It was reported on March 2, 2011, that the Finnish government failed to produce a legislative proposal on restricting image advertising of alcoholic beverages. The development took place in a meeting between negotiators for the Parliamentary The European Union Directive 2011/8/EU enters into force on March 1, 2011. It contains an important provision for protecting the health of the most vulnerable group of consumer, infants, because it prohibits the manufacturing of baby The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, diagnosis, and detection of the origin and treatment of degenerative On January 24, 2011, the South African Department of Health released a proposal, the National Health Amendment Bill, which, if approved by the National Assembly, will establish an oversight body -- the Office of Health Standards The Environment Management Directorate General of Turkey announced on December 30, 2010, that effective December 31 a regulation banning the production, use, and supply of asbestos would take effect in the country. A partial ban has On November 3, 2010, China's Ministries of Health, Agriculture, and Commerce, together with other government agencies, jointly issued the Measures for Administration of Release of Food Safety Information. Food safety information includes data compiled or On December 6, 2010, the Ministry of Health Care and Social Development of the Russian Federation submitted its version of the Biomedical Cell Technologies Act to the Cabinet of Ministers for that body's approval and recommendation Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a It was reported on November 4, 2010, that a group of individuals in Nigeria living with HIV/AIDS have instituted a civil action against the Nigerian federal government for importing defective condoms; it was the use of On October 26, 2010, the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa - Agencia Nacional de Vigilandacirc;ncia Sanitandaacute;ria) issued an Administrative Act (Resoluandccedil;andatilde;o da Diretoria Colegiada RDC No. 44, de 26 de Outubro de 2010) regulating On September 23, 2010, the Finnish government announced new guidelines for the care of the dying. The new rules apply to both public and private institutions and state that a patient's wishes must be taken into It was reported on September 7, 2010, that Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki has signed into law the Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill, 2009 (the law), which seeks to dramatically shift Kenya's policy on the regulation of production, On August 26, 2010, Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, announced a plan to amend that country's laws so that the free medical facilities that are provided to all citizens will no longer be available On July 6, 2010, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) issued a decision that permits pre-implantation testing to screen for serious genetic defects (Docket No. 5 StR 386/09, http://juris.bundesgerichtshof.de/cgi-bin/rechtsprechung/document.py?Gericht=bghandamp;Art=pmandamp;Datum=2010andamp;Sort=3andamp;anz=160andamp;pos=23andamp;nr=52897andamp;linked=urtandamp;Blank=1andamp;file=dokument.pdf). The decision interprets section 1(1) On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Pharmacists Ordinance (New Version), 5741-1981, thereby extending the requirement of labeling, previously applicable to prescription medications, to over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. According to the amendment, On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the National Health Insurance Law extending coverage for dental care to all Israeli residents. The amendment authorizes the Minister of Health to recognize dental On June 7, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a comprehensive law regulating the donation of eggs to women who wish to give birth, but are otherwise unable to do so, and the use of unused On June 28, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a law authorizing the Minister of Health to issue regulations requiring the labeling of nutritional information about sugars in pre-packaged food. The further information on sugar content, On June 7, 2010, Dr. Richard Sezibera the Minister of Health, introduced a bill on banning smoking in public places to the Rwandan Parliament for floor action. (Edwin Musoni, Anti-Smoking Bill Goes to Parliament, THE NEW On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of It was reported on June 2, 2010, that six women represented by the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC), a local public-interest law firm, are suing the Namibian government for allegedly sterilizing them without their consent on account On May 19, 2010, the European Parliament approved a draft Directive on Standards of Quality and Safety of Human Organs Intended for Transplantation, initially proposed by the European Commission in August 2008. The Parliament, which adopted On May 18, 2010, the HIV Prevention and Control Bill, which seeks to control the spread of the disease and put in place safeguards to protect individuals living with HIV/AIDS, was proposed to the Ugandan Parliament... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 24 May 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402001_text Global Legal Monitor: European Union: Draft Legislation on Online Sales of Medicines http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401989_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to It was reported on March 2, 2011, that the Finnish government failed to produce a legislative proposal on restricting image advertising of alcoholic beverages. The development took place in a meeting between negotiators for the Parliamentary The European Union Directive 2011/8/EU enters into force on March 1, 2011. It contains an important provision for protecting the health of the most vulnerable group of consumer, infants, because it prohibits the manufacturing of baby The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, diagnosis, and detection of the origin and treatment of degenerative On January 24, 2011, the South African Department of Health released a proposal, the National Health Amendment Bill, which, if approved by the National Assembly, will establish an oversight body -- the Office of Health Standards The Environment Management Directorate General of Turkey announced on December 30, 2010, that effective December 31 a regulation banning the production, use, and supply of asbestos would take effect in the country. A partial ban has On November 3, 2010, China's Ministries of Health, Agriculture, and Commerce, together with other government agencies, jointly issued the Measures for Administration of Release of Food Safety Information. Food safety information includes data compiled or On December 6, 2010, the Ministry of Health Care and Social Development of the Russian Federation submitted its version of the Biomedical Cell Technologies Act to the Cabinet of Ministers for that body's approval and recommendation Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a It was reported on November 4, 2010, that a group of individuals in Nigeria living with HIV/AIDS have instituted a civil action against the Nigerian federal government for importing defective condoms; it was the use of On October 26, 2010, the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa - Agencia Nacional de Vigilandacirc;ncia Sanitandaacute;ria) issued an Administrative Act (Resoluandccedil;andatilde;o da Diretoria Colegiada RDC No. 44, de 26 de Outubro de 2010) regulating On September 23, 2010, the Finnish government announced new guidelines for the care of the dying. The new rules apply to both public and private institutions and state that a patient's wishes must be taken into It was reported on September 7, 2010, that Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki has signed into law the Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill, 2009 (the law), which seeks to dramatically shift Kenya's policy on the regulation of production, On August 26, 2010, Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, announced a plan to amend that country's laws so that the free medical facilities that are provided to all citizens will no longer be available On July 6, 2010, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) issued a decision that permits pre-implantation testing to screen for serious genetic defects (Docket No. 5 StR 386/09, http://juris.bundesgerichtshof.de/cgi-bin/rechtsprechung/document.py?Gericht=bghandamp;Art=pmandamp;Datum=2010andamp;Sort=3andamp;anz=160andamp;pos=23andamp;nr=52897andamp;linked=urtandamp;Blank=1andamp;file=dokument.pdf). The decision interprets section 1(1) On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Pharmacists Ordinance (New Version), 5741-1981, thereby extending the requirement of labeling, previously applicable to prescription medications, to over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. According to the amendment, On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the National Health Insurance Law extending coverage for dental care to all Israeli residents. The amendment authorizes the Minister of Health to recognize dental On June 7, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a comprehensive law regulating the donation of eggs to women who wish to give birth, but are otherwise unable to do so, and the use of unused On June 28, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a law authorizing the Minister of Health to issue regulations requiring the labeling of nutritional information about sugars in pre-packaged food. The further information on sugar content, On June 7, 2010, Dr. Richard Sezibera the Minister of Health, introduced a bill on banning smoking in public places to the Rwandan Parliament for floor action. (Edwin Musoni, Anti-Smoking Bill Goes to Parliament, THE NEW On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of It was reported on June 2, 2010, that six women represented by the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC), a local public-interest law firm, are suing the Namibian government for allegedly sterilizing them without their consent on account On May 19, 2010, the European Parliament approved a draft Directive on Standards of Quality and Safety of Human Organs Intended for Transplantation, initially proposed by the European Commission in August 2008. The Parliament, which adopted On May 18, 2010, the HIV Prevention and Control Bill, which seeks to control the spread of the disease and put in place safeguards to protect individuals living with HIV/AIDS, was proposed to the Ugandan Parliament The European Union is currently working on drafting new legislation to regulate online sales of medicines. The subject had been omitted from a previous Directive on counterfeit medicines proposed by the European Commission in 2008, which... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 19 May 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401989_text Global Legal Monitor: Denmark: Fines Impopsed for Illegal Additives in Fish http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401969_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to It was reported on March 2, 2011, that the Finnish government failed to produce a legislative proposal on restricting image advertising of alcoholic beverages. The development took place in a meeting between negotiators for the Parliamentary The European Union Directive 2011/8/EU enters into force on March 1, 2011. It contains an important provision for protecting the health of the most vulnerable group of consumer, infants, because it prohibits the manufacturing of baby The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, diagnosis, and detection of the origin and treatment of degenerative On January 24, 2011, the South African Department of Health released a proposal, the National Health Amendment Bill, which, if approved by the National Assembly, will establish an oversight body -- the Office of Health Standards The Environment Management Directorate General of Turkey announced on December 30, 2010, that effective December 31 a regulation banning the production, use, and supply of asbestos would take effect in the country. A partial ban has On November 3, 2010, China's Ministries of Health, Agriculture, and Commerce, together with other government agencies, jointly issued the Measures for Administration of Release of Food Safety Information. Food safety information includes data compiled or On December 6, 2010, the Ministry of Health Care and Social Development of the Russian Federation submitted its version of the Biomedical Cell Technologies Act to the Cabinet of Ministers for that body's approval and recommendation Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a It was reported on November 4, 2010, that a group of individuals in Nigeria living with HIV/AIDS have instituted a civil action against the Nigerian federal government for importing defective condoms; it was the use of On October 26, 2010, the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa - Agencia Nacional de Vigilandacirc;ncia Sanitandaacute;ria) issued an Administrative Act (Resoluandccedil;andatilde;o da Diretoria Colegiada RDC No. 44, de 26 de Outubro de 2010) regulating On September 23, 2010, the Finnish government announced new guidelines for the care of the dying. The new rules apply to both public and private institutions and state that a patient's wishes must be taken into It was reported on September 7, 2010, that Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki has signed into law the Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill, 2009 (the law), which seeks to dramatically shift Kenya's policy on the regulation of production, On August 26, 2010, Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, announced a plan to amend that country's laws so that the free medical facilities that are provided to all citizens will no longer be available On July 6, 2010, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) issued a decision that permits pre-implantation testing to screen for serious genetic defects (Docket No. 5 StR 386/09, http://juris.bundesgerichtshof.de/cgi-bin/rechtsprechung/document.py?Gericht=bghandamp;Art=pmandamp;Datum=2010andamp;Sort=3andamp;anz=160andamp;pos=23andamp;nr=52897andamp;linked=urtandamp;Blank=1andamp;file=dokument.pdf). The decision interprets section 1(1) On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Pharmacists Ordinance (New Version), 5741-1981, thereby extending the requirement of labeling, previously applicable to prescription medications, to over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. According to the amendment, On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the National Health Insurance Law extending coverage for dental care to all Israeli residents. The amendment authorizes the Minister of Health to recognize dental On June 7, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a comprehensive law regulating the donation of eggs to women who wish to give birth, but are otherwise unable to do so, and the use of unused On June 28, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a law authorizing the Minister of Health to issue regulations requiring the labeling of nutritional information about sugars in pre-packaged food. The further information on sugar content, On June 7, 2010, Dr. Richard Sezibera the Minister of Health, introduced a bill on banning smoking in public places to the Rwandan Parliament for floor action. (Edwin Musoni, Anti-Smoking Bill Goes to Parliament, THE NEW On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of It was reported on June 2, 2010, that six women represented by the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC), a local public-interest law firm, are suing the Namibian government for allegedly sterilizing them without their consent on account On May 19, 2010, the European Parliament approved a draft Directive on Standards of Quality and Safety of Human Organs Intended for Transplantation, initially proposed by the European Commission in August 2008. The Parliament, which adopted On May 18, 2010, the HIV Prevention and Control Bill, which seeks to control the spread of the disease and put in place safeguards to protect individuals living with HIV/AIDS, was proposed to the Ugandan Parliament The European Union is currently working on drafting new legislation to regulate online sales of medicines. The subject had been omitted from a previous Directive on counterfeit medicines proposed by the European Commission in 2008, which It was reported on May 6, 2010, that five Danish companies have recently been fined for adding a banned dye to salmon. The additive, sodium nitrite, was found by inspectors from the Danish Veterinary and Food... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 10 May 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401969_text Global Legal Monitor: Belgium: New Law on Compensation of Victims of No-Fault Medical Accidents http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401954_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to It was reported on March 2, 2011, that the Finnish government failed to produce a legislative proposal on restricting image advertising of alcoholic beverages. The development took place in a meeting between negotiators for the Parliamentary The European Union Directive 2011/8/EU enters into force on March 1, 2011. It contains an important provision for protecting the health of the most vulnerable group of consumer, infants, because it prohibits the manufacturing of baby The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, diagnosis, and detection of the origin and treatment of degenerative On January 24, 2011, the South African Department of Health released a proposal, the National Health Amendment Bill, which, if approved by the National Assembly, will establish an oversight body -- the Office of Health Standards The Environment Management Directorate General of Turkey announced on December 30, 2010, that effective December 31 a regulation banning the production, use, and supply of asbestos would take effect in the country. A partial ban has On November 3, 2010, China's Ministries of Health, Agriculture, and Commerce, together with other government agencies, jointly issued the Measures for Administration of Release of Food Safety Information. Food safety information includes data compiled or On December 6, 2010, the Ministry of Health Care and Social Development of the Russian Federation submitted its version of the Biomedical Cell Technologies Act to the Cabinet of Ministers for that body's approval and recommendation Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a It was reported on November 4, 2010, that a group of individuals in Nigeria living with HIV/AIDS have instituted a civil action against the Nigerian federal government for importing defective condoms; it was the use of On October 26, 2010, the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa - Agencia Nacional de Vigilandacirc;ncia Sanitandaacute;ria) issued an Administrative Act (Resoluandccedil;andatilde;o da Diretoria Colegiada RDC No. 44, de 26 de Outubro de 2010) regulating On September 23, 2010, the Finnish government announced new guidelines for the care of the dying. The new rules apply to both public and private institutions and state that a patient's wishes must be taken into It was reported on September 7, 2010, that Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki has signed into law the Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill, 2009 (the law), which seeks to dramatically shift Kenya's policy on the regulation of production, On August 26, 2010, Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, announced a plan to amend that country's laws so that the free medical facilities that are provided to all citizens will no longer be available On July 6, 2010, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) issued a decision that permits pre-implantation testing to screen for serious genetic defects (Docket No. 5 StR 386/09, http://juris.bundesgerichtshof.de/cgi-bin/rechtsprechung/document.py?Gericht=bghandamp;Art=pmandamp;Datum=2010andamp;Sort=3andamp;anz=160andamp;pos=23andamp;nr=52897andamp;linked=urtandamp;Blank=1andamp;file=dokument.pdf). The decision interprets section 1(1) On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Pharmacists Ordinance (New Version), 5741-1981, thereby extending the requirement of labeling, previously applicable to prescription medications, to over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. According to the amendment, On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the National Health Insurance Law extending coverage for dental care to all Israeli residents. The amendment authorizes the Minister of Health to recognize dental On June 7, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a comprehensive law regulating the donation of eggs to women who wish to give birth, but are otherwise unable to do so, and the use of unused On June 28, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a law authorizing the Minister of Health to issue regulations requiring the labeling of nutritional information about sugars in pre-packaged food. The further information on sugar content, On June 7, 2010, Dr. Richard Sezibera the Minister of Health, introduced a bill on banning smoking in public places to the Rwandan Parliament for floor action. (Edwin Musoni, Anti-Smoking Bill Goes to Parliament, THE NEW On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of It was reported on June 2, 2010, that six women represented by the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC), a local public-interest law firm, are suing the Namibian government for allegedly sterilizing them without their consent on account On May 19, 2010, the European Parliament approved a draft Directive on Standards of Quality and Safety of Human Organs Intended for Transplantation, initially proposed by the European Commission in August 2008. The Parliament, which adopted On May 18, 2010, the HIV Prevention and Control Bill, which seeks to control the spread of the disease and put in place safeguards to protect individuals living with HIV/AIDS, was proposed to the Ugandan Parliament The European Union is currently working on drafting new legislation to regulate online sales of medicines. The subject had been omitted from a previous Directive on counterfeit medicines proposed by the European Commission in 2008, which It was reported on May 6, 2010, that five Danish companies have recently been fined for adding a banned dye to salmon. The additive, sodium nitrite, was found by inspectors from the Danish Veterinary and Food Belgium's Law of March 31, 2010, on the Compensation for Damages Resulting from Medical Care, was published in the Moniteur Belge, Belgium's official gazette, on April 2, 2010. (Loi du 31 mars 2010 relative andagrave; l'indemnisation... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 04 May 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401954_text Global Legal Monitor: Israel: Fighting Drunkenness http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401949_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to It was reported on March 2, 2011, that the Finnish government failed to produce a legislative proposal on restricting image advertising of alcoholic beverages. The development took place in a meeting between negotiators for the Parliamentary The European Union Directive 2011/8/EU enters into force on March 1, 2011. It contains an important provision for protecting the health of the most vulnerable group of consumer, infants, because it prohibits the manufacturing of baby The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, diagnosis, and detection of the origin and treatment of degenerative On January 24, 2011, the South African Department of Health released a proposal, the National Health Amendment Bill, which, if approved by the National Assembly, will establish an oversight body -- the Office of Health Standards The Environment Management Directorate General of Turkey announced on December 30, 2010, that effective December 31 a regulation banning the production, use, and supply of asbestos would take effect in the country. A partial ban has On November 3, 2010, China's Ministries of Health, Agriculture, and Commerce, together with other government agencies, jointly issued the Measures for Administration of Release of Food Safety Information. Food safety information includes data compiled or On December 6, 2010, the Ministry of Health Care and Social Development of the Russian Federation submitted its version of the Biomedical Cell Technologies Act to the Cabinet of Ministers for that body's approval and recommendation Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a It was reported on November 4, 2010, that a group of individuals in Nigeria living with HIV/AIDS have instituted a civil action against the Nigerian federal government for importing defective condoms; it was the use of On October 26, 2010, the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa - Agencia Nacional de Vigilandacirc;ncia Sanitandaacute;ria) issued an Administrative Act (Resoluandccedil;andatilde;o da Diretoria Colegiada RDC No. 44, de 26 de Outubro de 2010) regulating On September 23, 2010, the Finnish government announced new guidelines for the care of the dying. The new rules apply to both public and private institutions and state that a patient's wishes must be taken into It was reported on September 7, 2010, that Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki has signed into law the Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill, 2009 (the law), which seeks to dramatically shift Kenya's policy on the regulation of production, On August 26, 2010, Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, announced a plan to amend that country's laws so that the free medical facilities that are provided to all citizens will no longer be available On July 6, 2010, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) issued a decision that permits pre-implantation testing to screen for serious genetic defects (Docket No. 5 StR 386/09, http://juris.bundesgerichtshof.de/cgi-bin/rechtsprechung/document.py?Gericht=bghandamp;Art=pmandamp;Datum=2010andamp;Sort=3andamp;anz=160andamp;pos=23andamp;nr=52897andamp;linked=urtandamp;Blank=1andamp;file=dokument.pdf). The decision interprets section 1(1) On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Pharmacists Ordinance (New Version), 5741-1981, thereby extending the requirement of labeling, previously applicable to prescription medications, to over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. According to the amendment, On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the National Health Insurance Law extending coverage for dental care to all Israeli residents. The amendment authorizes the Minister of Health to recognize dental On June 7, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a comprehensive law regulating the donation of eggs to women who wish to give birth, but are otherwise unable to do so, and the use of unused On June 28, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a law authorizing the Minister of Health to issue regulations requiring the labeling of nutritional information about sugars in pre-packaged food. The further information on sugar content, On June 7, 2010, Dr. Richard Sezibera the Minister of Health, introduced a bill on banning smoking in public places to the Rwandan Parliament for floor action. (Edwin Musoni, Anti-Smoking Bill Goes to Parliament, THE NEW On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of It was reported on June 2, 2010, that six women represented by the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC), a local public-interest law firm, are suing the Namibian government for allegedly sterilizing them without their consent on account On May 19, 2010, the European Parliament approved a draft Directive on Standards of Quality and Safety of Human Organs Intended for Transplantation, initially proposed by the European Commission in August 2008. The Parliament, which adopted On May 18, 2010, the HIV Prevention and Control Bill, which seeks to control the spread of the disease and put in place safeguards to protect individuals living with HIV/AIDS, was proposed to the Ugandan Parliament The European Union is currently working on drafting new legislation to regulate online sales of medicines. The subject had been omitted from a previous Directive on counterfeit medicines proposed by the European Commission in 2008, which It was reported on May 6, 2010, that five Danish companies have recently been fined for adding a banned dye to salmon. The additive, sodium nitrite, was found by inspectors from the Danish Veterinary and Food Belgium's Law of March 31, 2010, on the Compensation for Damages Resulting from Medical Care, was published in the Moniteur Belge, Belgium's official gazette, on April 2, 2010. (Loi du 31 mars 2010 relative andagrave; l'indemnisation On March 17, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Fighting of the Phenomena of Drunkenness (Temporary Provision and Amendment) Law, 5770-2010. According to explanatory notes for the government bill, the Law was designed to address... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 26 Apr 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401949_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Human Biological Database Management Statute Enacted http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401844_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to It was reported on March 2, 2011, that the Finnish government failed to produce a legislative proposal on restricting image advertising of alcoholic beverages. The development took place in a meeting between negotiators for the Parliamentary The European Union Directive 2011/8/EU enters into force on March 1, 2011. It contains an important provision for protecting the health of the most vulnerable group of consumer, infants, because it prohibits the manufacturing of baby The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, diagnosis, and detection of the origin and treatment of degenerative On January 24, 2011, the South African Department of Health released a proposal, the National Health Amendment Bill, which, if approved by the National Assembly, will establish an oversight body -- the Office of Health Standards The Environment Management Directorate General of Turkey announced on December 30, 2010, that effective December 31 a regulation banning the production, use, and supply of asbestos would take effect in the country. A partial ban has On November 3, 2010, China's Ministries of Health, Agriculture, and Commerce, together with other government agencies, jointly issued the Measures for Administration of Release of Food Safety Information. Food safety information includes data compiled or On December 6, 2010, the Ministry of Health Care and Social Development of the Russian Federation submitted its version of the Biomedical Cell Technologies Act to the Cabinet of Ministers for that body's approval and recommendation Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a It was reported on November 4, 2010, that a group of individuals in Nigeria living with HIV/AIDS have instituted a civil action against the Nigerian federal government for importing defective condoms; it was the use of On October 26, 2010, the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa - Agencia Nacional de Vigilandacirc;ncia Sanitandaacute;ria) issued an Administrative Act (Resoluandccedil;andatilde;o da Diretoria Colegiada RDC No. 44, de 26 de Outubro de 2010) regulating On September 23, 2010, the Finnish government announced new guidelines for the care of the dying. The new rules apply to both public and private institutions and state that a patient's wishes must be taken into It was reported on September 7, 2010, that Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki has signed into law the Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill, 2009 (the law), which seeks to dramatically shift Kenya's policy on the regulation of production, On August 26, 2010, Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, announced a plan to amend that country's laws so that the free medical facilities that are provided to all citizens will no longer be available On July 6, 2010, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) issued a decision that permits pre-implantation testing to screen for serious genetic defects (Docket No. 5 StR 386/09, http://juris.bundesgerichtshof.de/cgi-bin/rechtsprechung/document.py?Gericht=bghandamp;Art=pmandamp;Datum=2010andamp;Sort=3andamp;anz=160andamp;pos=23andamp;nr=52897andamp;linked=urtandamp;Blank=1andamp;file=dokument.pdf). The decision interprets section 1(1) On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Pharmacists Ordinance (New Version), 5741-1981, thereby extending the requirement of labeling, previously applicable to prescription medications, to over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. According to the amendment, On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the National Health Insurance Law extending coverage for dental care to all Israeli residents. The amendment authorizes the Minister of Health to recognize dental On June 7, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a comprehensive law regulating the donation of eggs to women who wish to give birth, but are otherwise unable to do so, and the use of unused On June 28, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a law authorizing the Minister of Health to issue regulations requiring the labeling of nutritional information about sugars in pre-packaged food. The further information on sugar content, On June 7, 2010, Dr. Richard Sezibera the Minister of Health, introduced a bill on banning smoking in public places to the Rwandan Parliament for floor action. (Edwin Musoni, Anti-Smoking Bill Goes to Parliament, THE NEW On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of It was reported on June 2, 2010, that six women represented by the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC), a local public-interest law firm, are suing the Namibian government for allegedly sterilizing them without their consent on account On May 19, 2010, the European Parliament approved a draft Directive on Standards of Quality and Safety of Human Organs Intended for Transplantation, initially proposed by the European Commission in August 2008. The Parliament, which adopted On May 18, 2010, the HIV Prevention and Control Bill, which seeks to control the spread of the disease and put in place safeguards to protect individuals living with HIV/AIDS, was proposed to the Ugandan Parliament The European Union is currently working on drafting new legislation to regulate online sales of medicines. The subject had been omitted from a previous Directive on counterfeit medicines proposed by the European Commission in 2008, which It was reported on May 6, 2010, that five Danish companies have recently been fined for adding a banned dye to salmon. The additive, sodium nitrite, was found by inspectors from the Danish Veterinary and Food Belgium's Law of March 31, 2010, on the Compensation for Damages Resulting from Medical Care, was published in the Moniteur Belge, Belgium's official gazette, on April 2, 2010. (Loi du 31 mars 2010 relative andagrave; l'indemnisation On March 17, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Fighting of the Phenomena of Drunkenness (Temporary Provision and Amendment) Law, 5770-2010. According to explanatory notes for the government bill, the Law was designed to address Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 02 Mar 2010 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401844_text Global Legal Monitor: China: Specifications for Cord Stem Cell Therapy and Transplant Technology http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401696_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to It was reported on March 2, 2011, that the Finnish government failed to produce a legislative proposal on restricting image advertising of alcoholic beverages. The development took place in a meeting between negotiators for the Parliamentary The European Union Directive 2011/8/EU enters into force on March 1, 2011. It contains an important provision for protecting the health of the most vulnerable group of consumer, infants, because it prohibits the manufacturing of baby The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, diagnosis, and detection of the origin and treatment of degenerative On January 24, 2011, the South African Department of Health released a proposal, the National Health Amendment Bill, which, if approved by the National Assembly, will establish an oversight body -- the Office of Health Standards The Environment Management Directorate General of Turkey announced on December 30, 2010, that effective December 31 a regulation banning the production, use, and supply of asbestos would take effect in the country. A partial ban has On November 3, 2010, China's Ministries of Health, Agriculture, and Commerce, together with other government agencies, jointly issued the Measures for Administration of Release of Food Safety Information. Food safety information includes data compiled or On December 6, 2010, the Ministry of Health Care and Social Development of the Russian Federation submitted its version of the Biomedical Cell Technologies Act to the Cabinet of Ministers for that body's approval and recommendation Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a It was reported on November 4, 2010, that a group of individuals in Nigeria living with HIV/AIDS have instituted a civil action against the Nigerian federal government for importing defective condoms; it was the use of On October 26, 2010, the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa - Agencia Nacional de Vigilandacirc;ncia Sanitandaacute;ria) issued an Administrative Act (Resoluandccedil;andatilde;o da Diretoria Colegiada RDC No. 44, de 26 de Outubro de 2010) regulating On September 23, 2010, the Finnish government announced new guidelines for the care of the dying. The new rules apply to both public and private institutions and state that a patient's wishes must be taken into It was reported on September 7, 2010, that Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki has signed into law the Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill, 2009 (the law), which seeks to dramatically shift Kenya's policy on the regulation of production, On August 26, 2010, Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, announced a plan to amend that country's laws so that the free medical facilities that are provided to all citizens will no longer be available On July 6, 2010, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) issued a decision that permits pre-implantation testing to screen for serious genetic defects (Docket No. 5 StR 386/09, http://juris.bundesgerichtshof.de/cgi-bin/rechtsprechung/document.py?Gericht=bghandamp;Art=pmandamp;Datum=2010andamp;Sort=3andamp;anz=160andamp;pos=23andamp;nr=52897andamp;linked=urtandamp;Blank=1andamp;file=dokument.pdf). The decision interprets section 1(1) On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Pharmacists Ordinance (New Version), 5741-1981, thereby extending the requirement of labeling, previously applicable to prescription medications, to over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. According to the amendment, On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the National Health Insurance Law extending coverage for dental care to all Israeli residents. The amendment authorizes the Minister of Health to recognize dental On June 7, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a comprehensive law regulating the donation of eggs to women who wish to give birth, but are otherwise unable to do so, and the use of unused On June 28, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a law authorizing the Minister of Health to issue regulations requiring the labeling of nutritional information about sugars in pre-packaged food. The further information on sugar content, On June 7, 2010, Dr. Richard Sezibera the Minister of Health, introduced a bill on banning smoking in public places to the Rwandan Parliament for floor action. (Edwin Musoni, Anti-Smoking Bill Goes to Parliament, THE NEW On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of It was reported on June 2, 2010, that six women represented by the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC), a local public-interest law firm, are suing the Namibian government for allegedly sterilizing them without their consent on account On May 19, 2010, the European Parliament approved a draft Directive on Standards of Quality and Safety of Human Organs Intended for Transplantation, initially proposed by the European Commission in August 2008. The Parliament, which adopted On May 18, 2010, the HIV Prevention and Control Bill, which seeks to control the spread of the disease and put in place safeguards to protect individuals living with HIV/AIDS, was proposed to the Ugandan Parliament The European Union is currently working on drafting new legislation to regulate online sales of medicines. The subject had been omitted from a previous Directive on counterfeit medicines proposed by the European Commission in 2008, which It was reported on May 6, 2010, that five Danish companies have recently been fined for adding a banned dye to salmon. The additive, sodium nitrite, was found by inspectors from the Danish Veterinary and Food Belgium's Law of March 31, 2010, on the Compensation for Damages Resulting from Medical Care, was published in the Moniteur Belge, Belgium's official gazette, on April 2, 2010. (Loi du 31 mars 2010 relative andagrave; l'indemnisation On March 17, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Fighting of the Phenomena of Drunkenness (Temporary Provision and Amendment) Law, 5770-2010. According to explanatory notes for the government bill, the Law was designed to address Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On November 13, 2009, China's Ministry of Health issued the Technology Management Norms for Umbilical Cord Blood Hematopoietic Stem Cell [UCBHSC] Therapy. The stated purpose of the Norms is to standardize clinical use of such therapy... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 27 Nov 2009 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401696_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Shared Electronic Database for Health Records http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401638_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to It was reported on March 2, 2011, that the Finnish government failed to produce a legislative proposal on restricting image advertising of alcoholic beverages. The development took place in a meeting between negotiators for the Parliamentary The European Union Directive 2011/8/EU enters into force on March 1, 2011. It contains an important provision for protecting the health of the most vulnerable group of consumer, infants, because it prohibits the manufacturing of baby The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, diagnosis, and detection of the origin and treatment of degenerative On January 24, 2011, the South African Department of Health released a proposal, the National Health Amendment Bill, which, if approved by the National Assembly, will establish an oversight body -- the Office of Health Standards The Environment Management Directorate General of Turkey announced on December 30, 2010, that effective December 31 a regulation banning the production, use, and supply of asbestos would take effect in the country. A partial ban has On November 3, 2010, China's Ministries of Health, Agriculture, and Commerce, together with other government agencies, jointly issued the Measures for Administration of Release of Food Safety Information. Food safety information includes data compiled or On December 6, 2010, the Ministry of Health Care and Social Development of the Russian Federation submitted its version of the Biomedical Cell Technologies Act to the Cabinet of Ministers for that body's approval and recommendation Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a It was reported on November 4, 2010, that a group of individuals in Nigeria living with HIV/AIDS have instituted a civil action against the Nigerian federal government for importing defective condoms; it was the use of On October 26, 2010, the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa - Agencia Nacional de Vigilandacirc;ncia Sanitandaacute;ria) issued an Administrative Act (Resoluandccedil;andatilde;o da Diretoria Colegiada RDC No. 44, de 26 de Outubro de 2010) regulating On September 23, 2010, the Finnish government announced new guidelines for the care of the dying. The new rules apply to both public and private institutions and state that a patient's wishes must be taken into It was reported on September 7, 2010, that Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki has signed into law the Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill, 2009 (the law), which seeks to dramatically shift Kenya's policy on the regulation of production, On August 26, 2010, Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, announced a plan to amend that country's laws so that the free medical facilities that are provided to all citizens will no longer be available On July 6, 2010, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) issued a decision that permits pre-implantation testing to screen for serious genetic defects (Docket No. 5 StR 386/09, http://juris.bundesgerichtshof.de/cgi-bin/rechtsprechung/document.py?Gericht=bghandamp;Art=pmandamp;Datum=2010andamp;Sort=3andamp;anz=160andamp;pos=23andamp;nr=52897andamp;linked=urtandamp;Blank=1andamp;file=dokument.pdf). The decision interprets section 1(1) On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Pharmacists Ordinance (New Version), 5741-1981, thereby extending the requirement of labeling, previously applicable to prescription medications, to over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. According to the amendment, On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the National Health Insurance Law extending coverage for dental care to all Israeli residents. The amendment authorizes the Minister of Health to recognize dental On June 7, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a comprehensive law regulating the donation of eggs to women who wish to give birth, but are otherwise unable to do so, and the use of unused On June 28, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a law authorizing the Minister of Health to issue regulations requiring the labeling of nutritional information about sugars in pre-packaged food. The further information on sugar content, On June 7, 2010, Dr. Richard Sezibera the Minister of Health, introduced a bill on banning smoking in public places to the Rwandan Parliament for floor action. (Edwin Musoni, Anti-Smoking Bill Goes to Parliament, THE NEW On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of It was reported on June 2, 2010, that six women represented by the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC), a local public-interest law firm, are suing the Namibian government for allegedly sterilizing them without their consent on account On May 19, 2010, the European Parliament approved a draft Directive on Standards of Quality and Safety of Human Organs Intended for Transplantation, initially proposed by the European Commission in August 2008. The Parliament, which adopted On May 18, 2010, the HIV Prevention and Control Bill, which seeks to control the spread of the disease and put in place safeguards to protect individuals living with HIV/AIDS, was proposed to the Ugandan Parliament The European Union is currently working on drafting new legislation to regulate online sales of medicines. The subject had been omitted from a previous Directive on counterfeit medicines proposed by the European Commission in 2008, which It was reported on May 6, 2010, that five Danish companies have recently been fined for adding a banned dye to salmon. The additive, sodium nitrite, was found by inspectors from the Danish Veterinary and Food Belgium's Law of March 31, 2010, on the Compensation for Damages Resulting from Medical Care, was published in the Moniteur Belge, Belgium's official gazette, on April 2, 2010. (Loi du 31 mars 2010 relative andagrave; l'indemnisation On March 17, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Fighting of the Phenomena of Drunkenness (Temporary Provision and Amendment) Law, 5770-2010. According to explanatory notes for the government bill, the Law was designed to address Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On November 13, 2009, China's Ministry of Health issued the Technology Management Norms for Umbilical Cord Blood Hematopoietic Stem Cell [UCBHSC] Therapy. The stated purpose of the Norms is to standardize clinical use of such therapy On October 12, 2009, the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) approved fast-tracking of a three-year plan through which Taiwan's hospitals would be able to share patients' medical records via a Department of Health (DOH)... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 22 Oct 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401638_text Global Legal Monitor: Israel: Prohibition of Genetic Intervention Extended http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401636_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to It was reported on March 2, 2011, that the Finnish government failed to produce a legislative proposal on restricting image advertising of alcoholic beverages. The development took place in a meeting between negotiators for the Parliamentary The European Union Directive 2011/8/EU enters into force on March 1, 2011. It contains an important provision for protecting the health of the most vulnerable group of consumer, infants, because it prohibits the manufacturing of baby The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, diagnosis, and detection of the origin and treatment of degenerative On January 24, 2011, the South African Department of Health released a proposal, the National Health Amendment Bill, which, if approved by the National Assembly, will establish an oversight body -- the Office of Health Standards The Environment Management Directorate General of Turkey announced on December 30, 2010, that effective December 31 a regulation banning the production, use, and supply of asbestos would take effect in the country. A partial ban has On November 3, 2010, China's Ministries of Health, Agriculture, and Commerce, together with other government agencies, jointly issued the Measures for Administration of Release of Food Safety Information. Food safety information includes data compiled or On December 6, 2010, the Ministry of Health Care and Social Development of the Russian Federation submitted its version of the Biomedical Cell Technologies Act to the Cabinet of Ministers for that body's approval and recommendation Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a It was reported on November 4, 2010, that a group of individuals in Nigeria living with HIV/AIDS have instituted a civil action against the Nigerian federal government for importing defective condoms; it was the use of On October 26, 2010, the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa - Agencia Nacional de Vigilandacirc;ncia Sanitandaacute;ria) issued an Administrative Act (Resoluandccedil;andatilde;o da Diretoria Colegiada RDC No. 44, de 26 de Outubro de 2010) regulating On September 23, 2010, the Finnish government announced new guidelines for the care of the dying. The new rules apply to both public and private institutions and state that a patient's wishes must be taken into It was reported on September 7, 2010, that Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki has signed into law the Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill, 2009 (the law), which seeks to dramatically shift Kenya's policy on the regulation of production, On August 26, 2010, Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, announced a plan to amend that country's laws so that the free medical facilities that are provided to all citizens will no longer be available On July 6, 2010, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) issued a decision that permits pre-implantation testing to screen for serious genetic defects (Docket No. 5 StR 386/09, http://juris.bundesgerichtshof.de/cgi-bin/rechtsprechung/document.py?Gericht=bghandamp;Art=pmandamp;Datum=2010andamp;Sort=3andamp;anz=160andamp;pos=23andamp;nr=52897andamp;linked=urtandamp;Blank=1andamp;file=dokument.pdf). The decision interprets section 1(1) On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Pharmacists Ordinance (New Version), 5741-1981, thereby extending the requirement of labeling, previously applicable to prescription medications, to over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. According to the amendment, On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the National Health Insurance Law extending coverage for dental care to all Israeli residents. The amendment authorizes the Minister of Health to recognize dental On June 7, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a comprehensive law regulating the donation of eggs to women who wish to give birth, but are otherwise unable to do so, and the use of unused On June 28, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a law authorizing the Minister of Health to issue regulations requiring the labeling of nutritional information about sugars in pre-packaged food. The further information on sugar content, On June 7, 2010, Dr. Richard Sezibera the Minister of Health, introduced a bill on banning smoking in public places to the Rwandan Parliament for floor action. (Edwin Musoni, Anti-Smoking Bill Goes to Parliament, THE NEW On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of It was reported on June 2, 2010, that six women represented by the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC), a local public-interest law firm, are suing the Namibian government for allegedly sterilizing them without their consent on account On May 19, 2010, the European Parliament approved a draft Directive on Standards of Quality and Safety of Human Organs Intended for Transplantation, initially proposed by the European Commission in August 2008. The Parliament, which adopted On May 18, 2010, the HIV Prevention and Control Bill, which seeks to control the spread of the disease and put in place safeguards to protect individuals living with HIV/AIDS, was proposed to the Ugandan Parliament The European Union is currently working on drafting new legislation to regulate online sales of medicines. The subject had been omitted from a previous Directive on counterfeit medicines proposed by the European Commission in 2008, which It was reported on May 6, 2010, that five Danish companies have recently been fined for adding a banned dye to salmon. The additive, sodium nitrite, was found by inspectors from the Danish Veterinary and Food Belgium's Law of March 31, 2010, on the Compensation for Damages Resulting from Medical Care, was published in the Moniteur Belge, Belgium's official gazette, on April 2, 2010. (Loi du 31 mars 2010 relative andagrave; l'indemnisation On March 17, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Fighting of the Phenomena of Drunkenness (Temporary Provision and Amendment) Law, 5770-2010. According to explanatory notes for the government bill, the Law was designed to address Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On November 13, 2009, China's Ministry of Health issued the Technology Management Norms for Umbilical Cord Blood Hematopoietic Stem Cell [UCBHSC] Therapy. The stated purpose of the Norms is to standardize clinical use of such therapy On October 12, 2009, the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) approved fast-tracking of a three-year plan through which Taiwan's hospitals would be able to share patients' medical records via a Department of Health (DOH) On October 13, 2009, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) extended the application of the Prohibition of Genetic Intervention (Human Cloning and Genetic Change in Multiplying Cells) Law 5759-1999 until May 23, 2016. The Law was initially applicable... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 20 Oct 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401636_text Global Legal Monitor: European Union: Food Safety Authority Dispels Health Claims by Companies Making Yogurt and Energy Drinks http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401628_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to It was reported on March 2, 2011, that the Finnish government failed to produce a legislative proposal on restricting image advertising of alcoholic beverages. The development took place in a meeting between negotiators for the Parliamentary The European Union Directive 2011/8/EU enters into force on March 1, 2011. It contains an important provision for protecting the health of the most vulnerable group of consumer, infants, because it prohibits the manufacturing of baby The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, diagnosis, and detection of the origin and treatment of degenerative On January 24, 2011, the South African Department of Health released a proposal, the National Health Amendment Bill, which, if approved by the National Assembly, will establish an oversight body -- the Office of Health Standards The Environment Management Directorate General of Turkey announced on December 30, 2010, that effective December 31 a regulation banning the production, use, and supply of asbestos would take effect in the country. A partial ban has On November 3, 2010, China's Ministries of Health, Agriculture, and Commerce, together with other government agencies, jointly issued the Measures for Administration of Release of Food Safety Information. Food safety information includes data compiled or On December 6, 2010, the Ministry of Health Care and Social Development of the Russian Federation submitted its version of the Biomedical Cell Technologies Act to the Cabinet of Ministers for that body's approval and recommendation Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a It was reported on November 4, 2010, that a group of individuals in Nigeria living with HIV/AIDS have instituted a civil action against the Nigerian federal government for importing defective condoms; it was the use of On October 26, 2010, the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa - Agencia Nacional de Vigilandacirc;ncia Sanitandaacute;ria) issued an Administrative Act (Resoluandccedil;andatilde;o da Diretoria Colegiada RDC No. 44, de 26 de Outubro de 2010) regulating On September 23, 2010, the Finnish government announced new guidelines for the care of the dying. The new rules apply to both public and private institutions and state that a patient's wishes must be taken into It was reported on September 7, 2010, that Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki has signed into law the Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill, 2009 (the law), which seeks to dramatically shift Kenya's policy on the regulation of production, On August 26, 2010, Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, announced a plan to amend that country's laws so that the free medical facilities that are provided to all citizens will no longer be available On July 6, 2010, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) issued a decision that permits pre-implantation testing to screen for serious genetic defects (Docket No. 5 StR 386/09, http://juris.bundesgerichtshof.de/cgi-bin/rechtsprechung/document.py?Gericht=bghandamp;Art=pmandamp;Datum=2010andamp;Sort=3andamp;anz=160andamp;pos=23andamp;nr=52897andamp;linked=urtandamp;Blank=1andamp;file=dokument.pdf). The decision interprets section 1(1) On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Pharmacists Ordinance (New Version), 5741-1981, thereby extending the requirement of labeling, previously applicable to prescription medications, to over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. According to the amendment, On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the National Health Insurance Law extending coverage for dental care to all Israeli residents. The amendment authorizes the Minister of Health to recognize dental On June 7, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a comprehensive law regulating the donation of eggs to women who wish to give birth, but are otherwise unable to do so, and the use of unused On June 28, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a law authorizing the Minister of Health to issue regulations requiring the labeling of nutritional information about sugars in pre-packaged food. The further information on sugar content, On June 7, 2010, Dr. Richard Sezibera the Minister of Health, introduced a bill on banning smoking in public places to the Rwandan Parliament for floor action. (Edwin Musoni, Anti-Smoking Bill Goes to Parliament, THE NEW On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of It was reported on June 2, 2010, that six women represented by the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC), a local public-interest law firm, are suing the Namibian government for allegedly sterilizing them without their consent on account On May 19, 2010, the European Parliament approved a draft Directive on Standards of Quality and Safety of Human Organs Intended for Transplantation, initially proposed by the European Commission in August 2008. The Parliament, which adopted On May 18, 2010, the HIV Prevention and Control Bill, which seeks to control the spread of the disease and put in place safeguards to protect individuals living with HIV/AIDS, was proposed to the Ugandan Parliament The European Union is currently working on drafting new legislation to regulate online sales of medicines. The subject had been omitted from a previous Directive on counterfeit medicines proposed by the European Commission in 2008, which It was reported on May 6, 2010, that five Danish companies have recently been fined for adding a banned dye to salmon. The additive, sodium nitrite, was found by inspectors from the Danish Veterinary and Food Belgium's Law of March 31, 2010, on the Compensation for Damages Resulting from Medical Care, was published in the Moniteur Belge, Belgium's official gazette, on April 2, 2010. (Loi du 31 mars 2010 relative andagrave; l'indemnisation On March 17, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Fighting of the Phenomena of Drunkenness (Temporary Provision and Amendment) Law, 5770-2010. According to explanatory notes for the government bill, the Law was designed to address Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On November 13, 2009, China's Ministry of Health issued the Technology Management Norms for Umbilical Cord Blood Hematopoietic Stem Cell [UCBHSC] Therapy. The stated purpose of the Norms is to standardize clinical use of such therapy On October 12, 2009, the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) approved fast-tracking of a three-year plan through which Taiwan's hospitals would be able to share patients' medical records via a Department of Health (DOH) On October 13, 2009, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) extended the application of the Prohibition of Genetic Intervention (Human Cloning and Genetic Change in Multiplying Cells) Law 5759-1999 until May 23, 2016. The Law was initially applicable On October 1, 2009, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) issued a scientific opinion on the health claims made by so- called probiotic products and energy drinks that contain taurine, a substance that supposedly stimulates the "mind... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 16 Oct 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401628_text Global Legal Monitor: Russia: Ban on Human Cloning Extended for Five More Years http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401630_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to It was reported on March 2, 2011, that the Finnish government failed to produce a legislative proposal on restricting image advertising of alcoholic beverages. The development took place in a meeting between negotiators for the Parliamentary The European Union Directive 2011/8/EU enters into force on March 1, 2011. It contains an important provision for protecting the health of the most vulnerable group of consumer, infants, because it prohibits the manufacturing of baby The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, diagnosis, and detection of the origin and treatment of degenerative On January 24, 2011, the South African Department of Health released a proposal, the National Health Amendment Bill, which, if approved by the National Assembly, will establish an oversight body -- the Office of Health Standards The Environment Management Directorate General of Turkey announced on December 30, 2010, that effective December 31 a regulation banning the production, use, and supply of asbestos would take effect in the country. A partial ban has On November 3, 2010, China's Ministries of Health, Agriculture, and Commerce, together with other government agencies, jointly issued the Measures for Administration of Release of Food Safety Information. Food safety information includes data compiled or On December 6, 2010, the Ministry of Health Care and Social Development of the Russian Federation submitted its version of the Biomedical Cell Technologies Act to the Cabinet of Ministers for that body's approval and recommendation Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a It was reported on November 4, 2010, that a group of individuals in Nigeria living with HIV/AIDS have instituted a civil action against the Nigerian federal government for importing defective condoms; it was the use of On October 26, 2010, the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa - Agencia Nacional de Vigilandacirc;ncia Sanitandaacute;ria) issued an Administrative Act (Resoluandccedil;andatilde;o da Diretoria Colegiada RDC No. 44, de 26 de Outubro de 2010) regulating On September 23, 2010, the Finnish government announced new guidelines for the care of the dying. The new rules apply to both public and private institutions and state that a patient's wishes must be taken into It was reported on September 7, 2010, that Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki has signed into law the Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill, 2009 (the law), which seeks to dramatically shift Kenya's policy on the regulation of production, On August 26, 2010, Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, announced a plan to amend that country's laws so that the free medical facilities that are provided to all citizens will no longer be available On July 6, 2010, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) issued a decision that permits pre-implantation testing to screen for serious genetic defects (Docket No. 5 StR 386/09, http://juris.bundesgerichtshof.de/cgi-bin/rechtsprechung/document.py?Gericht=bghandamp;Art=pmandamp;Datum=2010andamp;Sort=3andamp;anz=160andamp;pos=23andamp;nr=52897andamp;linked=urtandamp;Blank=1andamp;file=dokument.pdf). The decision interprets section 1(1) On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Pharmacists Ordinance (New Version), 5741-1981, thereby extending the requirement of labeling, previously applicable to prescription medications, to over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. According to the amendment, On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the National Health Insurance Law extending coverage for dental care to all Israeli residents. The amendment authorizes the Minister of Health to recognize dental On June 7, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a comprehensive law regulating the donation of eggs to women who wish to give birth, but are otherwise unable to do so, and the use of unused On June 28, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a law authorizing the Minister of Health to issue regulations requiring the labeling of nutritional information about sugars in pre-packaged food. The further information on sugar content, On June 7, 2010, Dr. Richard Sezibera the Minister of Health, introduced a bill on banning smoking in public places to the Rwandan Parliament for floor action. (Edwin Musoni, Anti-Smoking Bill Goes to Parliament, THE NEW On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of It was reported on June 2, 2010, that six women represented by the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC), a local public-interest law firm, are suing the Namibian government for allegedly sterilizing them without their consent on account On May 19, 2010, the European Parliament approved a draft Directive on Standards of Quality and Safety of Human Organs Intended for Transplantation, initially proposed by the European Commission in August 2008. The Parliament, which adopted On May 18, 2010, the HIV Prevention and Control Bill, which seeks to control the spread of the disease and put in place safeguards to protect individuals living with HIV/AIDS, was proposed to the Ugandan Parliament The European Union is currently working on drafting new legislation to regulate online sales of medicines. The subject had been omitted from a previous Directive on counterfeit medicines proposed by the European Commission in 2008, which It was reported on May 6, 2010, that five Danish companies have recently been fined for adding a banned dye to salmon. The additive, sodium nitrite, was found by inspectors from the Danish Veterinary and Food Belgium's Law of March 31, 2010, on the Compensation for Damages Resulting from Medical Care, was published in the Moniteur Belge, Belgium's official gazette, on April 2, 2010. (Loi du 31 mars 2010 relative andagrave; l'indemnisation On March 17, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Fighting of the Phenomena of Drunkenness (Temporary Provision and Amendment) Law, 5770-2010. According to explanatory notes for the government bill, the Law was designed to address Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On November 13, 2009, China's Ministry of Health issued the Technology Management Norms for Umbilical Cord Blood Hematopoietic Stem Cell [UCBHSC] Therapy. The stated purpose of the Norms is to standardize clinical use of such therapy On October 12, 2009, the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) approved fast-tracking of a three-year plan through which Taiwan's hospitals would be able to share patients' medical records via a Department of Health (DOH) On October 13, 2009, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) extended the application of the Prohibition of Genetic Intervention (Human Cloning and Genetic Change in Multiplying Cells) Law 5759-1999 until May 23, 2016. The Law was initially applicable On October 1, 2009, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) issued a scientific opinion on the health claims made by so- called probiotic products and energy drinks that contain taurine, a substance that supposedly stimulates the "mind On October 2, 2009, the Minister of Health Care and Social Services of the Russian Federation announced a government decision to extend the ban on human cloning for another five years. This ban was introduced in... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 16 Oct 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401630_text Global Legal Monitor: Italy: Highway Safety Code Revised, Fines Increased http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401563_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to It was reported on March 2, 2011, that the Finnish government failed to produce a legislative proposal on restricting image advertising of alcoholic beverages. The development took place in a meeting between negotiators for the Parliamentary The European Union Directive 2011/8/EU enters into force on March 1, 2011. It contains an important provision for protecting the health of the most vulnerable group of consumer, infants, because it prohibits the manufacturing of baby The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, diagnosis, and detection of the origin and treatment of degenerative On January 24, 2011, the South African Department of Health released a proposal, the National Health Amendment Bill, which, if approved by the National Assembly, will establish an oversight body -- the Office of Health Standards The Environment Management Directorate General of Turkey announced on December 30, 2010, that effective December 31 a regulation banning the production, use, and supply of asbestos would take effect in the country. A partial ban has On November 3, 2010, China's Ministries of Health, Agriculture, and Commerce, together with other government agencies, jointly issued the Measures for Administration of Release of Food Safety Information. Food safety information includes data compiled or On December 6, 2010, the Ministry of Health Care and Social Development of the Russian Federation submitted its version of the Biomedical Cell Technologies Act to the Cabinet of Ministers for that body's approval and recommendation Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a It was reported on November 4, 2010, that a group of individuals in Nigeria living with HIV/AIDS have instituted a civil action against the Nigerian federal government for importing defective condoms; it was the use of On October 26, 2010, the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa - Agencia Nacional de Vigilandacirc;ncia Sanitandaacute;ria) issued an Administrative Act (Resoluandccedil;andatilde;o da Diretoria Colegiada RDC No. 44, de 26 de Outubro de 2010) regulating On September 23, 2010, the Finnish government announced new guidelines for the care of the dying. The new rules apply to both public and private institutions and state that a patient's wishes must be taken into It was reported on September 7, 2010, that Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki has signed into law the Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill, 2009 (the law), which seeks to dramatically shift Kenya's policy on the regulation of production, On August 26, 2010, Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, announced a plan to amend that country's laws so that the free medical facilities that are provided to all citizens will no longer be available On July 6, 2010, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) issued a decision that permits pre-implantation testing to screen for serious genetic defects (Docket No. 5 StR 386/09, http://juris.bundesgerichtshof.de/cgi-bin/rechtsprechung/document.py?Gericht=bghandamp;Art=pmandamp;Datum=2010andamp;Sort=3andamp;anz=160andamp;pos=23andamp;nr=52897andamp;linked=urtandamp;Blank=1andamp;file=dokument.pdf). The decision interprets section 1(1) On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Pharmacists Ordinance (New Version), 5741-1981, thereby extending the requirement of labeling, previously applicable to prescription medications, to over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. According to the amendment, On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the National Health Insurance Law extending coverage for dental care to all Israeli residents. The amendment authorizes the Minister of Health to recognize dental On June 7, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a comprehensive law regulating the donation of eggs to women who wish to give birth, but are otherwise unable to do so, and the use of unused On June 28, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a law authorizing the Minister of Health to issue regulations requiring the labeling of nutritional information about sugars in pre-packaged food. The further information on sugar content, On June 7, 2010, Dr. Richard Sezibera the Minister of Health, introduced a bill on banning smoking in public places to the Rwandan Parliament for floor action. (Edwin Musoni, Anti-Smoking Bill Goes to Parliament, THE NEW On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of It was reported on June 2, 2010, that six women represented by the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC), a local public-interest law firm, are suing the Namibian government for allegedly sterilizing them without their consent on account On May 19, 2010, the European Parliament approved a draft Directive on Standards of Quality and Safety of Human Organs Intended for Transplantation, initially proposed by the European Commission in August 2008. The Parliament, which adopted On May 18, 2010, the HIV Prevention and Control Bill, which seeks to control the spread of the disease and put in place safeguards to protect individuals living with HIV/AIDS, was proposed to the Ugandan Parliament The European Union is currently working on drafting new legislation to regulate online sales of medicines. The subject had been omitted from a previous Directive on counterfeit medicines proposed by the European Commission in 2008, which It was reported on May 6, 2010, that five Danish companies have recently been fined for adding a banned dye to salmon. The additive, sodium nitrite, was found by inspectors from the Danish Veterinary and Food Belgium's Law of March 31, 2010, on the Compensation for Damages Resulting from Medical Care, was published in the Moniteur Belge, Belgium's official gazette, on April 2, 2010. (Loi du 31 mars 2010 relative andagrave; l'indemnisation On March 17, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Fighting of the Phenomena of Drunkenness (Temporary Provision and Amendment) Law, 5770-2010. According to explanatory notes for the government bill, the Law was designed to address Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On November 13, 2009, China's Ministry of Health issued the Technology Management Norms for Umbilical Cord Blood Hematopoietic Stem Cell [UCBHSC] Therapy. The stated purpose of the Norms is to standardize clinical use of such therapy On October 12, 2009, the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) approved fast-tracking of a three-year plan through which Taiwan's hospitals would be able to share patients' medical records via a Department of Health (DOH) On October 13, 2009, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) extended the application of the Prohibition of Genetic Intervention (Human Cloning and Genetic Change in Multiplying Cells) Law 5759-1999 until May 23, 2016. The Law was initially applicable On October 1, 2009, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) issued a scientific opinion on the health claims made by so- called probiotic products and energy drinks that contain taurine, a substance that supposedly stimulates the "mind On October 2, 2009, the Minister of Health Care and Social Services of the Russian Federation announced a government decision to extend the ban on human cloning for another five years. This ban was introduced in Among other changes, Italy's new law on traffic offenses imposes heavier penalties for illegal acts that occur in the overnight hours, between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. (Law 94, July 15, 2009, effective Aug. 8, 2009).... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 11 Sep 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401563_text Global Legal Monitor: Australia: Court Rules on Right to Refuse Nourishment http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401519_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to It was reported on March 2, 2011, that the Finnish government failed to produce a legislative proposal on restricting image advertising of alcoholic beverages. The development took place in a meeting between negotiators for the Parliamentary The European Union Directive 2011/8/EU enters into force on March 1, 2011. It contains an important provision for protecting the health of the most vulnerable group of consumer, infants, because it prohibits the manufacturing of baby The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, diagnosis, and detection of the origin and treatment of degenerative On January 24, 2011, the South African Department of Health released a proposal, the National Health Amendment Bill, which, if approved by the National Assembly, will establish an oversight body -- the Office of Health Standards The Environment Management Directorate General of Turkey announced on December 30, 2010, that effective December 31 a regulation banning the production, use, and supply of asbestos would take effect in the country. A partial ban has On November 3, 2010, China's Ministries of Health, Agriculture, and Commerce, together with other government agencies, jointly issued the Measures for Administration of Release of Food Safety Information. Food safety information includes data compiled or On December 6, 2010, the Ministry of Health Care and Social Development of the Russian Federation submitted its version of the Biomedical Cell Technologies Act to the Cabinet of Ministers for that body's approval and recommendation Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a It was reported on November 4, 2010, that a group of individuals in Nigeria living with HIV/AIDS have instituted a civil action against the Nigerian federal government for importing defective condoms; it was the use of On October 26, 2010, the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa - Agencia Nacional de Vigilandacirc;ncia Sanitandaacute;ria) issued an Administrative Act (Resoluandccedil;andatilde;o da Diretoria Colegiada RDC No. 44, de 26 de Outubro de 2010) regulating On September 23, 2010, the Finnish government announced new guidelines for the care of the dying. The new rules apply to both public and private institutions and state that a patient's wishes must be taken into It was reported on September 7, 2010, that Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki has signed into law the Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill, 2009 (the law), which seeks to dramatically shift Kenya's policy on the regulation of production, On August 26, 2010, Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, announced a plan to amend that country's laws so that the free medical facilities that are provided to all citizens will no longer be available On July 6, 2010, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) issued a decision that permits pre-implantation testing to screen for serious genetic defects (Docket No. 5 StR 386/09, http://juris.bundesgerichtshof.de/cgi-bin/rechtsprechung/document.py?Gericht=bghandamp;Art=pmandamp;Datum=2010andamp;Sort=3andamp;anz=160andamp;pos=23andamp;nr=52897andamp;linked=urtandamp;Blank=1andamp;file=dokument.pdf). The decision interprets section 1(1) On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Pharmacists Ordinance (New Version), 5741-1981, thereby extending the requirement of labeling, previously applicable to prescription medications, to over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. According to the amendment, On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the National Health Insurance Law extending coverage for dental care to all Israeli residents. The amendment authorizes the Minister of Health to recognize dental On June 7, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a comprehensive law regulating the donation of eggs to women who wish to give birth, but are otherwise unable to do so, and the use of unused On June 28, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a law authorizing the Minister of Health to issue regulations requiring the labeling of nutritional information about sugars in pre-packaged food. The further information on sugar content, On June 7, 2010, Dr. Richard Sezibera the Minister of Health, introduced a bill on banning smoking in public places to the Rwandan Parliament for floor action. (Edwin Musoni, Anti-Smoking Bill Goes to Parliament, THE NEW On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of It was reported on June 2, 2010, that six women represented by the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC), a local public-interest law firm, are suing the Namibian government for allegedly sterilizing them without their consent on account On May 19, 2010, the European Parliament approved a draft Directive on Standards of Quality and Safety of Human Organs Intended for Transplantation, initially proposed by the European Commission in August 2008. The Parliament, which adopted On May 18, 2010, the HIV Prevention and Control Bill, which seeks to control the spread of the disease and put in place safeguards to protect individuals living with HIV/AIDS, was proposed to the Ugandan Parliament The European Union is currently working on drafting new legislation to regulate online sales of medicines. The subject had been omitted from a previous Directive on counterfeit medicines proposed by the European Commission in 2008, which It was reported on May 6, 2010, that five Danish companies have recently been fined for adding a banned dye to salmon. The additive, sodium nitrite, was found by inspectors from the Danish Veterinary and Food Belgium's Law of March 31, 2010, on the Compensation for Damages Resulting from Medical Care, was published in the Moniteur Belge, Belgium's official gazette, on April 2, 2010. (Loi du 31 mars 2010 relative andagrave; l'indemnisation On March 17, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Fighting of the Phenomena of Drunkenness (Temporary Provision and Amendment) Law, 5770-2010. According to explanatory notes for the government bill, the Law was designed to address Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On November 13, 2009, China's Ministry of Health issued the Technology Management Norms for Umbilical Cord Blood Hematopoietic Stem Cell [UCBHSC] Therapy. The stated purpose of the Norms is to standardize clinical use of such therapy On October 12, 2009, the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) approved fast-tracking of a three-year plan through which Taiwan's hospitals would be able to share patients' medical records via a Department of Health (DOH) On October 13, 2009, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) extended the application of the Prohibition of Genetic Intervention (Human Cloning and Genetic Change in Multiplying Cells) Law 5759-1999 until May 23, 2016. The Law was initially applicable On October 1, 2009, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) issued a scientific opinion on the health claims made by so- called probiotic products and energy drinks that contain taurine, a substance that supposedly stimulates the "mind On October 2, 2009, the Minister of Health Care and Social Services of the Russian Federation announced a government decision to extend the ban on human cloning for another five years. This ban was introduced in Among other changes, Italy's new law on traffic offenses imposes heavier penalties for illegal acts that occur in the overnight hours, between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. (Law 94, July 15, 2009, effective Aug. 8, 2009). On August 14, 2009, in a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court of Western Australia determined that the right to refuse medical treatment includes the informed refusal of all nourishment, including liquids for hydration. (Right to Refuse... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 26 Aug 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401519_text Global Legal Monitor: China: Healthcare Reform: National Essential Medicine System to Be Established http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401517_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to It was reported on March 2, 2011, that the Finnish government failed to produce a legislative proposal on restricting image advertising of alcoholic beverages. The development took place in a meeting between negotiators for the Parliamentary The European Union Directive 2011/8/EU enters into force on March 1, 2011. It contains an important provision for protecting the health of the most vulnerable group of consumer, infants, because it prohibits the manufacturing of baby The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, diagnosis, and detection of the origin and treatment of degenerative On January 24, 2011, the South African Department of Health released a proposal, the National Health Amendment Bill, which, if approved by the National Assembly, will establish an oversight body -- the Office of Health Standards The Environment Management Directorate General of Turkey announced on December 30, 2010, that effective December 31 a regulation banning the production, use, and supply of asbestos would take effect in the country. A partial ban has On November 3, 2010, China's Ministries of Health, Agriculture, and Commerce, together with other government agencies, jointly issued the Measures for Administration of Release of Food Safety Information. Food safety information includes data compiled or On December 6, 2010, the Ministry of Health Care and Social Development of the Russian Federation submitted its version of the Biomedical Cell Technologies Act to the Cabinet of Ministers for that body's approval and recommendation Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a It was reported on November 4, 2010, that a group of individuals in Nigeria living with HIV/AIDS have instituted a civil action against the Nigerian federal government for importing defective condoms; it was the use of On October 26, 2010, the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa - Agencia Nacional de Vigilandacirc;ncia Sanitandaacute;ria) issued an Administrative Act (Resoluandccedil;andatilde;o da Diretoria Colegiada RDC No. 44, de 26 de Outubro de 2010) regulating On September 23, 2010, the Finnish government announced new guidelines for the care of the dying. The new rules apply to both public and private institutions and state that a patient's wishes must be taken into It was reported on September 7, 2010, that Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki has signed into law the Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill, 2009 (the law), which seeks to dramatically shift Kenya's policy on the regulation of production, On August 26, 2010, Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, announced a plan to amend that country's laws so that the free medical facilities that are provided to all citizens will no longer be available On July 6, 2010, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) issued a decision that permits pre-implantation testing to screen for serious genetic defects (Docket No. 5 StR 386/09, http://juris.bundesgerichtshof.de/cgi-bin/rechtsprechung/document.py?Gericht=bghandamp;Art=pmandamp;Datum=2010andamp;Sort=3andamp;anz=160andamp;pos=23andamp;nr=52897andamp;linked=urtandamp;Blank=1andamp;file=dokument.pdf). The decision interprets section 1(1) On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Pharmacists Ordinance (New Version), 5741-1981, thereby extending the requirement of labeling, previously applicable to prescription medications, to over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. According to the amendment, On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the National Health Insurance Law extending coverage for dental care to all Israeli residents. The amendment authorizes the Minister of Health to recognize dental On June 7, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a comprehensive law regulating the donation of eggs to women who wish to give birth, but are otherwise unable to do so, and the use of unused On June 28, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a law authorizing the Minister of Health to issue regulations requiring the labeling of nutritional information about sugars in pre-packaged food. The further information on sugar content, On June 7, 2010, Dr. Richard Sezibera the Minister of Health, introduced a bill on banning smoking in public places to the Rwandan Parliament for floor action. (Edwin Musoni, Anti-Smoking Bill Goes to Parliament, THE NEW On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of It was reported on June 2, 2010, that six women represented by the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC), a local public-interest law firm, are suing the Namibian government for allegedly sterilizing them without their consent on account On May 19, 2010, the European Parliament approved a draft Directive on Standards of Quality and Safety of Human Organs Intended for Transplantation, initially proposed by the European Commission in August 2008. The Parliament, which adopted On May 18, 2010, the HIV Prevention and Control Bill, which seeks to control the spread of the disease and put in place safeguards to protect individuals living with HIV/AIDS, was proposed to the Ugandan Parliament The European Union is currently working on drafting new legislation to regulate online sales of medicines. The subject had been omitted from a previous Directive on counterfeit medicines proposed by the European Commission in 2008, which It was reported on May 6, 2010, that five Danish companies have recently been fined for adding a banned dye to salmon. The additive, sodium nitrite, was found by inspectors from the Danish Veterinary and Food Belgium's Law of March 31, 2010, on the Compensation for Damages Resulting from Medical Care, was published in the Moniteur Belge, Belgium's official gazette, on April 2, 2010. (Loi du 31 mars 2010 relative andagrave; l'indemnisation On March 17, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Fighting of the Phenomena of Drunkenness (Temporary Provision and Amendment) Law, 5770-2010. According to explanatory notes for the government bill, the Law was designed to address Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On November 13, 2009, China's Ministry of Health issued the Technology Management Norms for Umbilical Cord Blood Hematopoietic Stem Cell [UCBHSC] Therapy. The stated purpose of the Norms is to standardize clinical use of such therapy On October 12, 2009, the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) approved fast-tracking of a three-year plan through which Taiwan's hospitals would be able to share patients' medical records via a Department of Health (DOH) On October 13, 2009, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) extended the application of the Prohibition of Genetic Intervention (Human Cloning and Genetic Change in Multiplying Cells) Law 5759-1999 until May 23, 2016. The Law was initially applicable On October 1, 2009, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) issued a scientific opinion on the health claims made by so- called probiotic products and energy drinks that contain taurine, a substance that supposedly stimulates the "mind On October 2, 2009, the Minister of Health Care and Social Services of the Russian Federation announced a government decision to extend the ban on human cloning for another five years. This ban was introduced in Among other changes, Italy's new law on traffic offenses imposes heavier penalties for illegal acts that occur in the overnight hours, between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. (Law 94, July 15, 2009, effective Aug. 8, 2009). On August 14, 2009, in a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court of Western Australia determined that the right to refuse medical treatment includes the informed refusal of all nourishment, including liquids for hydration. (Right to Refuse On August 18, 2009, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of the People's Republic of China, together with seven other central government departments, published the Implementation Opinions on Establishing... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 25 Aug 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401517_text Global Legal Monitor: South Korea: Food Reuse Regulated http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401466_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to It was reported on March 2, 2011, that the Finnish government failed to produce a legislative proposal on restricting image advertising of alcoholic beverages. The development took place in a meeting between negotiators for the Parliamentary The European Union Directive 2011/8/EU enters into force on March 1, 2011. It contains an important provision for protecting the health of the most vulnerable group of consumer, infants, because it prohibits the manufacturing of baby The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, diagnosis, and detection of the origin and treatment of degenerative On January 24, 2011, the South African Department of Health released a proposal, the National Health Amendment Bill, which, if approved by the National Assembly, will establish an oversight body -- the Office of Health Standards The Environment Management Directorate General of Turkey announced on December 30, 2010, that effective December 31 a regulation banning the production, use, and supply of asbestos would take effect in the country. A partial ban has On November 3, 2010, China's Ministries of Health, Agriculture, and Commerce, together with other government agencies, jointly issued the Measures for Administration of Release of Food Safety Information. Food safety information includes data compiled or On December 6, 2010, the Ministry of Health Care and Social Development of the Russian Federation submitted its version of the Biomedical Cell Technologies Act to the Cabinet of Ministers for that body's approval and recommendation Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a It was reported on November 4, 2010, that a group of individuals in Nigeria living with HIV/AIDS have instituted a civil action against the Nigerian federal government for importing defective condoms; it was the use of On October 26, 2010, the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa - Agencia Nacional de Vigilandacirc;ncia Sanitandaacute;ria) issued an Administrative Act (Resoluandccedil;andatilde;o da Diretoria Colegiada RDC No. 44, de 26 de Outubro de 2010) regulating On September 23, 2010, the Finnish government announced new guidelines for the care of the dying. The new rules apply to both public and private institutions and state that a patient's wishes must be taken into It was reported on September 7, 2010, that Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki has signed into law the Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill, 2009 (the law), which seeks to dramatically shift Kenya's policy on the regulation of production, On August 26, 2010, Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, announced a plan to amend that country's laws so that the free medical facilities that are provided to all citizens will no longer be available On July 6, 2010, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) issued a decision that permits pre-implantation testing to screen for serious genetic defects (Docket No. 5 StR 386/09, http://juris.bundesgerichtshof.de/cgi-bin/rechtsprechung/document.py?Gericht=bghandamp;Art=pmandamp;Datum=2010andamp;Sort=3andamp;anz=160andamp;pos=23andamp;nr=52897andamp;linked=urtandamp;Blank=1andamp;file=dokument.pdf). The decision interprets section 1(1) On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Pharmacists Ordinance (New Version), 5741-1981, thereby extending the requirement of labeling, previously applicable to prescription medications, to over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. According to the amendment, On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the National Health Insurance Law extending coverage for dental care to all Israeli residents. The amendment authorizes the Minister of Health to recognize dental On June 7, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a comprehensive law regulating the donation of eggs to women who wish to give birth, but are otherwise unable to do so, and the use of unused On June 28, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a law authorizing the Minister of Health to issue regulations requiring the labeling of nutritional information about sugars in pre-packaged food. The further information on sugar content, On June 7, 2010, Dr. Richard Sezibera the Minister of Health, introduced a bill on banning smoking in public places to the Rwandan Parliament for floor action. (Edwin Musoni, Anti-Smoking Bill Goes to Parliament, THE NEW On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of It was reported on June 2, 2010, that six women represented by the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC), a local public-interest law firm, are suing the Namibian government for allegedly sterilizing them without their consent on account On May 19, 2010, the European Parliament approved a draft Directive on Standards of Quality and Safety of Human Organs Intended for Transplantation, initially proposed by the European Commission in August 2008. The Parliament, which adopted On May 18, 2010, the HIV Prevention and Control Bill, which seeks to control the spread of the disease and put in place safeguards to protect individuals living with HIV/AIDS, was proposed to the Ugandan Parliament The European Union is currently working on drafting new legislation to regulate online sales of medicines. The subject had been omitted from a previous Directive on counterfeit medicines proposed by the European Commission in 2008, which It was reported on May 6, 2010, that five Danish companies have recently been fined for adding a banned dye to salmon. The additive, sodium nitrite, was found by inspectors from the Danish Veterinary and Food Belgium's Law of March 31, 2010, on the Compensation for Damages Resulting from Medical Care, was published in the Moniteur Belge, Belgium's official gazette, on April 2, 2010. (Loi du 31 mars 2010 relative andagrave; l'indemnisation On March 17, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Fighting of the Phenomena of Drunkenness (Temporary Provision and Amendment) Law, 5770-2010. According to explanatory notes for the government bill, the Law was designed to address Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On November 13, 2009, China's Ministry of Health issued the Technology Management Norms for Umbilical Cord Blood Hematopoietic Stem Cell [UCBHSC] Therapy. The stated purpose of the Norms is to standardize clinical use of such therapy On October 12, 2009, the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) approved fast-tracking of a three-year plan through which Taiwan's hospitals would be able to share patients' medical records via a Department of Health (DOH) On October 13, 2009, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) extended the application of the Prohibition of Genetic Intervention (Human Cloning and Genetic Change in Multiplying Cells) Law 5759-1999 until May 23, 2016. The Law was initially applicable On October 1, 2009, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) issued a scientific opinion on the health claims made by so- called probiotic products and energy drinks that contain taurine, a substance that supposedly stimulates the "mind On October 2, 2009, the Minister of Health Care and Social Services of the Russian Federation announced a government decision to extend the ban on human cloning for another five years. This ban was introduced in Among other changes, Italy's new law on traffic offenses imposes heavier penalties for illegal acts that occur in the overnight hours, between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. (Law 94, July 15, 2009, effective Aug. 8, 2009). On August 14, 2009, in a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court of Western Australia determined that the right to refuse medical treatment includes the informed refusal of all nourishment, including liquids for hydration. (Right to Refuse On August 18, 2009, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of the People's Republic of China, together with seven other central government departments, published the Implementation Opinions on Establishing The reuse of food in restaurants in Korea has been a source of contention among consumers, the government, and restaurants. Korean cuisine features small side dishes that complement the main dish. When patrons leave amounts of... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 31 Jul 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401466_text Global Legal Monitor: France: Compensation of Victims of French Nuclear Testing http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401420_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to It was reported on March 2, 2011, that the Finnish government failed to produce a legislative proposal on restricting image advertising of alcoholic beverages. The development took place in a meeting between negotiators for the Parliamentary The European Union Directive 2011/8/EU enters into force on March 1, 2011. It contains an important provision for protecting the health of the most vulnerable group of consumer, infants, because it prohibits the manufacturing of baby The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, diagnosis, and detection of the origin and treatment of degenerative On January 24, 2011, the South African Department of Health released a proposal, the National Health Amendment Bill, which, if approved by the National Assembly, will establish an oversight body -- the Office of Health Standards The Environment Management Directorate General of Turkey announced on December 30, 2010, that effective December 31 a regulation banning the production, use, and supply of asbestos would take effect in the country. A partial ban has On November 3, 2010, China's Ministries of Health, Agriculture, and Commerce, together with other government agencies, jointly issued the Measures for Administration of Release of Food Safety Information. Food safety information includes data compiled or On December 6, 2010, the Ministry of Health Care and Social Development of the Russian Federation submitted its version of the Biomedical Cell Technologies Act to the Cabinet of Ministers for that body's approval and recommendation Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a It was reported on November 4, 2010, that a group of individuals in Nigeria living with HIV/AIDS have instituted a civil action against the Nigerian federal government for importing defective condoms; it was the use of On October 26, 2010, the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa - Agencia Nacional de Vigilandacirc;ncia Sanitandaacute;ria) issued an Administrative Act (Resoluandccedil;andatilde;o da Diretoria Colegiada RDC No. 44, de 26 de Outubro de 2010) regulating On September 23, 2010, the Finnish government announced new guidelines for the care of the dying. The new rules apply to both public and private institutions and state that a patient's wishes must be taken into It was reported on September 7, 2010, that Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki has signed into law the Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill, 2009 (the law), which seeks to dramatically shift Kenya's policy on the regulation of production, On August 26, 2010, Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, announced a plan to amend that country's laws so that the free medical facilities that are provided to all citizens will no longer be available On July 6, 2010, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) issued a decision that permits pre-implantation testing to screen for serious genetic defects (Docket No. 5 StR 386/09, http://juris.bundesgerichtshof.de/cgi-bin/rechtsprechung/document.py?Gericht=bghandamp;Art=pmandamp;Datum=2010andamp;Sort=3andamp;anz=160andamp;pos=23andamp;nr=52897andamp;linked=urtandamp;Blank=1andamp;file=dokument.pdf). The decision interprets section 1(1) On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Pharmacists Ordinance (New Version), 5741-1981, thereby extending the requirement of labeling, previously applicable to prescription medications, to over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. According to the amendment, On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the National Health Insurance Law extending coverage for dental care to all Israeli residents. The amendment authorizes the Minister of Health to recognize dental On June 7, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a comprehensive law regulating the donation of eggs to women who wish to give birth, but are otherwise unable to do so, and the use of unused On June 28, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a law authorizing the Minister of Health to issue regulations requiring the labeling of nutritional information about sugars in pre-packaged food. The further information on sugar content, On June 7, 2010, Dr. Richard Sezibera the Minister of Health, introduced a bill on banning smoking in public places to the Rwandan Parliament for floor action. (Edwin Musoni, Anti-Smoking Bill Goes to Parliament, THE NEW On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of It was reported on June 2, 2010, that six women represented by the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC), a local public-interest law firm, are suing the Namibian government for allegedly sterilizing them without their consent on account On May 19, 2010, the European Parliament approved a draft Directive on Standards of Quality and Safety of Human Organs Intended for Transplantation, initially proposed by the European Commission in August 2008. The Parliament, which adopted On May 18, 2010, the HIV Prevention and Control Bill, which seeks to control the spread of the disease and put in place safeguards to protect individuals living with HIV/AIDS, was proposed to the Ugandan Parliament The European Union is currently working on drafting new legislation to regulate online sales of medicines. The subject had been omitted from a previous Directive on counterfeit medicines proposed by the European Commission in 2008, which It was reported on May 6, 2010, that five Danish companies have recently been fined for adding a banned dye to salmon. The additive, sodium nitrite, was found by inspectors from the Danish Veterinary and Food Belgium's Law of March 31, 2010, on the Compensation for Damages Resulting from Medical Care, was published in the Moniteur Belge, Belgium's official gazette, on April 2, 2010. (Loi du 31 mars 2010 relative andagrave; l'indemnisation On March 17, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Fighting of the Phenomena of Drunkenness (Temporary Provision and Amendment) Law, 5770-2010. According to explanatory notes for the government bill, the Law was designed to address Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On November 13, 2009, China's Ministry of Health issued the Technology Management Norms for Umbilical Cord Blood Hematopoietic Stem Cell [UCBHSC] Therapy. The stated purpose of the Norms is to standardize clinical use of such therapy On October 12, 2009, the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) approved fast-tracking of a three-year plan through which Taiwan's hospitals would be able to share patients' medical records via a Department of Health (DOH) On October 13, 2009, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) extended the application of the Prohibition of Genetic Intervention (Human Cloning and Genetic Change in Multiplying Cells) Law 5759-1999 until May 23, 2016. The Law was initially applicable On October 1, 2009, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) issued a scientific opinion on the health claims made by so- called probiotic products and energy drinks that contain taurine, a substance that supposedly stimulates the "mind On October 2, 2009, the Minister of Health Care and Social Services of the Russian Federation announced a government decision to extend the ban on human cloning for another five years. This ban was introduced in Among other changes, Italy's new law on traffic offenses imposes heavier penalties for illegal acts that occur in the overnight hours, between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. (Law 94, July 15, 2009, effective Aug. 8, 2009). On August 14, 2009, in a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court of Western Australia determined that the right to refuse medical treatment includes the informed refusal of all nourishment, including liquids for hydration. (Right to Refuse On August 18, 2009, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of the People's Republic of China, together with seven other central government departments, published the Implementation Opinions on Establishing The reuse of food in restaurants in Korea has been a source of contention among consumers, the government, and restaurants. Korean cuisine features small side dishes that complement the main dish. When patrons leave amounts of On June 30, 2009, the French National Assembly adopted a draft law on the compensation of victims of French nuclear testing (Projet de loi relative andagrave; la reconnaissance et andagrave; l'indemnisation des victimes des essais nucl;aires... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 08 Jul 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401420_text Global Legal Monitor: Rwanda: Reproductive Health Bill Provisions on Sterilization, Mandatory HIV Testing Decried http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401412_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to It was reported on March 2, 2011, that the Finnish government failed to produce a legislative proposal on restricting image advertising of alcoholic beverages. The development took place in a meeting between negotiators for the Parliamentary The European Union Directive 2011/8/EU enters into force on March 1, 2011. It contains an important provision for protecting the health of the most vulnerable group of consumer, infants, because it prohibits the manufacturing of baby The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, diagnosis, and detection of the origin and treatment of degenerative On January 24, 2011, the South African Department of Health released a proposal, the National Health Amendment Bill, which, if approved by the National Assembly, will establish an oversight body -- the Office of Health Standards The Environment Management Directorate General of Turkey announced on December 30, 2010, that effective December 31 a regulation banning the production, use, and supply of asbestos would take effect in the country. A partial ban has On November 3, 2010, China's Ministries of Health, Agriculture, and Commerce, together with other government agencies, jointly issued the Measures for Administration of Release of Food Safety Information. Food safety information includes data compiled or On December 6, 2010, the Ministry of Health Care and Social Development of the Russian Federation submitted its version of the Biomedical Cell Technologies Act to the Cabinet of Ministers for that body's approval and recommendation Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a It was reported on November 4, 2010, that a group of individuals in Nigeria living with HIV/AIDS have instituted a civil action against the Nigerian federal government for importing defective condoms; it was the use of On October 26, 2010, the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa - Agencia Nacional de Vigilandacirc;ncia Sanitandaacute;ria) issued an Administrative Act (Resoluandccedil;andatilde;o da Diretoria Colegiada RDC No. 44, de 26 de Outubro de 2010) regulating On September 23, 2010, the Finnish government announced new guidelines for the care of the dying. The new rules apply to both public and private institutions and state that a patient's wishes must be taken into It was reported on September 7, 2010, that Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki has signed into law the Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill, 2009 (the law), which seeks to dramatically shift Kenya's policy on the regulation of production, On August 26, 2010, Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, announced a plan to amend that country's laws so that the free medical facilities that are provided to all citizens will no longer be available On July 6, 2010, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) issued a decision that permits pre-implantation testing to screen for serious genetic defects (Docket No. 5 StR 386/09, http://juris.bundesgerichtshof.de/cgi-bin/rechtsprechung/document.py?Gericht=bghandamp;Art=pmandamp;Datum=2010andamp;Sort=3andamp;anz=160andamp;pos=23andamp;nr=52897andamp;linked=urtandamp;Blank=1andamp;file=dokument.pdf). The decision interprets section 1(1) On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Pharmacists Ordinance (New Version), 5741-1981, thereby extending the requirement of labeling, previously applicable to prescription medications, to over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. According to the amendment, On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the National Health Insurance Law extending coverage for dental care to all Israeli residents. The amendment authorizes the Minister of Health to recognize dental On June 7, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a comprehensive law regulating the donation of eggs to women who wish to give birth, but are otherwise unable to do so, and the use of unused On June 28, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a law authorizing the Minister of Health to issue regulations requiring the labeling of nutritional information about sugars in pre-packaged food. The further information on sugar content, On June 7, 2010, Dr. Richard Sezibera the Minister of Health, introduced a bill on banning smoking in public places to the Rwandan Parliament for floor action. (Edwin Musoni, Anti-Smoking Bill Goes to Parliament, THE NEW On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of It was reported on June 2, 2010, that six women represented by the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC), a local public-interest law firm, are suing the Namibian government for allegedly sterilizing them without their consent on account On May 19, 2010, the European Parliament approved a draft Directive on Standards of Quality and Safety of Human Organs Intended for Transplantation, initially proposed by the European Commission in August 2008. The Parliament, which adopted On May 18, 2010, the HIV Prevention and Control Bill, which seeks to control the spread of the disease and put in place safeguards to protect individuals living with HIV/AIDS, was proposed to the Ugandan Parliament The European Union is currently working on drafting new legislation to regulate online sales of medicines. The subject had been omitted from a previous Directive on counterfeit medicines proposed by the European Commission in 2008, which It was reported on May 6, 2010, that five Danish companies have recently been fined for adding a banned dye to salmon. The additive, sodium nitrite, was found by inspectors from the Danish Veterinary and Food Belgium's Law of March 31, 2010, on the Compensation for Damages Resulting from Medical Care, was published in the Moniteur Belge, Belgium's official gazette, on April 2, 2010. (Loi du 31 mars 2010 relative andagrave; l'indemnisation On March 17, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Fighting of the Phenomena of Drunkenness (Temporary Provision and Amendment) Law, 5770-2010. According to explanatory notes for the government bill, the Law was designed to address Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On November 13, 2009, China's Ministry of Health issued the Technology Management Norms for Umbilical Cord Blood Hematopoietic Stem Cell [UCBHSC] Therapy. The stated purpose of the Norms is to standardize clinical use of such therapy On October 12, 2009, the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) approved fast-tracking of a three-year plan through which Taiwan's hospitals would be able to share patients' medical records via a Department of Health (DOH) On October 13, 2009, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) extended the application of the Prohibition of Genetic Intervention (Human Cloning and Genetic Change in Multiplying Cells) Law 5759-1999 until May 23, 2016. The Law was initially applicable On October 1, 2009, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) issued a scientific opinion on the health claims made by so- called probiotic products and energy drinks that contain taurine, a substance that supposedly stimulates the "mind On October 2, 2009, the Minister of Health Care and Social Services of the Russian Federation announced a government decision to extend the ban on human cloning for another five years. This ban was introduced in Among other changes, Italy's new law on traffic offenses imposes heavier penalties for illegal acts that occur in the overnight hours, between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. (Law 94, July 15, 2009, effective Aug. 8, 2009). On August 14, 2009, in a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court of Western Australia determined that the right to refuse medical treatment includes the informed refusal of all nourishment, including liquids for hydration. (Right to Refuse On August 18, 2009, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of the People's Republic of China, together with seven other central government departments, published the Implementation Opinions on Establishing The reuse of food in restaurants in Korea has been a source of contention among consumers, the government, and restaurants. Korean cuisine features small side dishes that complement the main dish. When patrons leave amounts of On June 30, 2009, the French National Assembly adopted a draft law on the compensation of victims of French nuclear testing (Projet de loi relative andagrave; la reconnaissance et andagrave; l'indemnisation des victimes des essais nucl;aires A draft reproductive health bill currently under consideration by a committee of the Rwandan Parliament calls for forcible sterilization of the mentally disabled and includes "three particularly troublesome provisions" on HIV testing, according to a Human... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 07 Jul 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401412_text Global Legal Monitor: European Union: Bio-Preparedness http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401400_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to It was reported on March 2, 2011, that the Finnish government failed to produce a legislative proposal on restricting image advertising of alcoholic beverages. The development took place in a meeting between negotiators for the Parliamentary The European Union Directive 2011/8/EU enters into force on March 1, 2011. It contains an important provision for protecting the health of the most vulnerable group of consumer, infants, because it prohibits the manufacturing of baby The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, diagnosis, and detection of the origin and treatment of degenerative On January 24, 2011, the South African Department of Health released a proposal, the National Health Amendment Bill, which, if approved by the National Assembly, will establish an oversight body -- the Office of Health Standards The Environment Management Directorate General of Turkey announced on December 30, 2010, that effective December 31 a regulation banning the production, use, and supply of asbestos would take effect in the country. A partial ban has On November 3, 2010, China's Ministries of Health, Agriculture, and Commerce, together with other government agencies, jointly issued the Measures for Administration of Release of Food Safety Information. Food safety information includes data compiled or On December 6, 2010, the Ministry of Health Care and Social Development of the Russian Federation submitted its version of the Biomedical Cell Technologies Act to the Cabinet of Ministers for that body's approval and recommendation Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a It was reported on November 4, 2010, that a group of individuals in Nigeria living with HIV/AIDS have instituted a civil action against the Nigerian federal government for importing defective condoms; it was the use of On October 26, 2010, the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa - Agencia Nacional de Vigilandacirc;ncia Sanitandaacute;ria) issued an Administrative Act (Resoluandccedil;andatilde;o da Diretoria Colegiada RDC No. 44, de 26 de Outubro de 2010) regulating On September 23, 2010, the Finnish government announced new guidelines for the care of the dying. The new rules apply to both public and private institutions and state that a patient's wishes must be taken into It was reported on September 7, 2010, that Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki has signed into law the Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill, 2009 (the law), which seeks to dramatically shift Kenya's policy on the regulation of production, On August 26, 2010, Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, announced a plan to amend that country's laws so that the free medical facilities that are provided to all citizens will no longer be available On July 6, 2010, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) issued a decision that permits pre-implantation testing to screen for serious genetic defects (Docket No. 5 StR 386/09, http://juris.bundesgerichtshof.de/cgi-bin/rechtsprechung/document.py?Gericht=bghandamp;Art=pmandamp;Datum=2010andamp;Sort=3andamp;anz=160andamp;pos=23andamp;nr=52897andamp;linked=urtandamp;Blank=1andamp;file=dokument.pdf). The decision interprets section 1(1) On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Pharmacists Ordinance (New Version), 5741-1981, thereby extending the requirement of labeling, previously applicable to prescription medications, to over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. According to the amendment, On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the National Health Insurance Law extending coverage for dental care to all Israeli residents. The amendment authorizes the Minister of Health to recognize dental On June 7, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a comprehensive law regulating the donation of eggs to women who wish to give birth, but are otherwise unable to do so, and the use of unused On June 28, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a law authorizing the Minister of Health to issue regulations requiring the labeling of nutritional information about sugars in pre-packaged food. The further information on sugar content, On June 7, 2010, Dr. Richard Sezibera the Minister of Health, introduced a bill on banning smoking in public places to the Rwandan Parliament for floor action. (Edwin Musoni, Anti-Smoking Bill Goes to Parliament, THE NEW On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of It was reported on June 2, 2010, that six women represented by the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC), a local public-interest law firm, are suing the Namibian government for allegedly sterilizing them without their consent on account On May 19, 2010, the European Parliament approved a draft Directive on Standards of Quality and Safety of Human Organs Intended for Transplantation, initially proposed by the European Commission in August 2008. The Parliament, which adopted On May 18, 2010, the HIV Prevention and Control Bill, which seeks to control the spread of the disease and put in place safeguards to protect individuals living with HIV/AIDS, was proposed to the Ugandan Parliament The European Union is currently working on drafting new legislation to regulate online sales of medicines. The subject had been omitted from a previous Directive on counterfeit medicines proposed by the European Commission in 2008, which It was reported on May 6, 2010, that five Danish companies have recently been fined for adding a banned dye to salmon. The additive, sodium nitrite, was found by inspectors from the Danish Veterinary and Food Belgium's Law of March 31, 2010, on the Compensation for Damages Resulting from Medical Care, was published in the Moniteur Belge, Belgium's official gazette, on April 2, 2010. (Loi du 31 mars 2010 relative andagrave; l'indemnisation On March 17, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Fighting of the Phenomena of Drunkenness (Temporary Provision and Amendment) Law, 5770-2010. According to explanatory notes for the government bill, the Law was designed to address Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On November 13, 2009, China's Ministry of Health issued the Technology Management Norms for Umbilical Cord Blood Hematopoietic Stem Cell [UCBHSC] Therapy. The stated purpose of the Norms is to standardize clinical use of such therapy On October 12, 2009, the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) approved fast-tracking of a three-year plan through which Taiwan's hospitals would be able to share patients' medical records via a Department of Health (DOH) On October 13, 2009, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) extended the application of the Prohibition of Genetic Intervention (Human Cloning and Genetic Change in Multiplying Cells) Law 5759-1999 until May 23, 2016. The Law was initially applicable On October 1, 2009, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) issued a scientific opinion on the health claims made by so- called probiotic products and energy drinks that contain taurine, a substance that supposedly stimulates the "mind On October 2, 2009, the Minister of Health Care and Social Services of the Russian Federation announced a government decision to extend the ban on human cloning for another five years. This ban was introduced in Among other changes, Italy's new law on traffic offenses imposes heavier penalties for illegal acts that occur in the overnight hours, between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. (Law 94, July 15, 2009, effective Aug. 8, 2009). On August 14, 2009, in a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court of Western Australia determined that the right to refuse medical treatment includes the informed refusal of all nourishment, including liquids for hydration. (Right to Refuse On August 18, 2009, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of the People's Republic of China, together with seven other central government departments, published the Implementation Opinions on Establishing The reuse of food in restaurants in Korea has been a source of contention among consumers, the government, and restaurants. Korean cuisine features small side dishes that complement the main dish. When patrons leave amounts of On June 30, 2009, the French National Assembly adopted a draft law on the compensation of victims of French nuclear testing (Projet de loi relative andagrave; la reconnaissance et andagrave; l'indemnisation des victimes des essais nucl;aires A draft reproductive health bill currently under consideration by a committee of the Rwandan Parliament calls for forcible sterilization of the mentally disabled and includes "three particularly troublesome provisions" on HIV testing, according to a Human In 2007, the European Commission issued a Green Paper on Bio-Preparedness to initiate consultation at the European Union level between national authorities responsible for risk prevention and response, especially those engaged in public health, customs, and... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 02 Jul 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401400_text Global Legal Monitor: China: Food Safety Risk Assessment System Being Formulated http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401372_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to It was reported on March 2, 2011, that the Finnish government failed to produce a legislative proposal on restricting image advertising of alcoholic beverages. The development took place in a meeting between negotiators for the Parliamentary The European Union Directive 2011/8/EU enters into force on March 1, 2011. It contains an important provision for protecting the health of the most vulnerable group of consumer, infants, because it prohibits the manufacturing of baby The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, diagnosis, and detection of the origin and treatment of degenerative On January 24, 2011, the South African Department of Health released a proposal, the National Health Amendment Bill, which, if approved by the National Assembly, will establish an oversight body -- the Office of Health Standards The Environment Management Directorate General of Turkey announced on December 30, 2010, that effective December 31 a regulation banning the production, use, and supply of asbestos would take effect in the country. A partial ban has On November 3, 2010, China's Ministries of Health, Agriculture, and Commerce, together with other government agencies, jointly issued the Measures for Administration of Release of Food Safety Information. Food safety information includes data compiled or On December 6, 2010, the Ministry of Health Care and Social Development of the Russian Federation submitted its version of the Biomedical Cell Technologies Act to the Cabinet of Ministers for that body's approval and recommendation Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a It was reported on November 4, 2010, that a group of individuals in Nigeria living with HIV/AIDS have instituted a civil action against the Nigerian federal government for importing defective condoms; it was the use of On October 26, 2010, the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa - Agencia Nacional de Vigilandacirc;ncia Sanitandaacute;ria) issued an Administrative Act (Resoluandccedil;andatilde;o da Diretoria Colegiada RDC No. 44, de 26 de Outubro de 2010) regulating On September 23, 2010, the Finnish government announced new guidelines for the care of the dying. The new rules apply to both public and private institutions and state that a patient's wishes must be taken into It was reported on September 7, 2010, that Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki has signed into law the Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill, 2009 (the law), which seeks to dramatically shift Kenya's policy on the regulation of production, On August 26, 2010, Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, announced a plan to amend that country's laws so that the free medical facilities that are provided to all citizens will no longer be available On July 6, 2010, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) issued a decision that permits pre-implantation testing to screen for serious genetic defects (Docket No. 5 StR 386/09, http://juris.bundesgerichtshof.de/cgi-bin/rechtsprechung/document.py?Gericht=bghandamp;Art=pmandamp;Datum=2010andamp;Sort=3andamp;anz=160andamp;pos=23andamp;nr=52897andamp;linked=urtandamp;Blank=1andamp;file=dokument.pdf). The decision interprets section 1(1) On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Pharmacists Ordinance (New Version), 5741-1981, thereby extending the requirement of labeling, previously applicable to prescription medications, to over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. According to the amendment, On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the National Health Insurance Law extending coverage for dental care to all Israeli residents. The amendment authorizes the Minister of Health to recognize dental On June 7, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a comprehensive law regulating the donation of eggs to women who wish to give birth, but are otherwise unable to do so, and the use of unused On June 28, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a law authorizing the Minister of Health to issue regulations requiring the labeling of nutritional information about sugars in pre-packaged food. The further information on sugar content, On June 7, 2010, Dr. Richard Sezibera the Minister of Health, introduced a bill on banning smoking in public places to the Rwandan Parliament for floor action. (Edwin Musoni, Anti-Smoking Bill Goes to Parliament, THE NEW On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of It was reported on June 2, 2010, that six women represented by the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC), a local public-interest law firm, are suing the Namibian government for allegedly sterilizing them without their consent on account On May 19, 2010, the European Parliament approved a draft Directive on Standards of Quality and Safety of Human Organs Intended for Transplantation, initially proposed by the European Commission in August 2008. The Parliament, which adopted On May 18, 2010, the HIV Prevention and Control Bill, which seeks to control the spread of the disease and put in place safeguards to protect individuals living with HIV/AIDS, was proposed to the Ugandan Parliament The European Union is currently working on drafting new legislation to regulate online sales of medicines. The subject had been omitted from a previous Directive on counterfeit medicines proposed by the European Commission in 2008, which It was reported on May 6, 2010, that five Danish companies have recently been fined for adding a banned dye to salmon. The additive, sodium nitrite, was found by inspectors from the Danish Veterinary and Food Belgium's Law of March 31, 2010, on the Compensation for Damages Resulting from Medical Care, was published in the Moniteur Belge, Belgium's official gazette, on April 2, 2010. (Loi du 31 mars 2010 relative andagrave; l'indemnisation On March 17, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Fighting of the Phenomena of Drunkenness (Temporary Provision and Amendment) Law, 5770-2010. According to explanatory notes for the government bill, the Law was designed to address Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On November 13, 2009, China's Ministry of Health issued the Technology Management Norms for Umbilical Cord Blood Hematopoietic Stem Cell [UCBHSC] Therapy. The stated purpose of the Norms is to standardize clinical use of such therapy On October 12, 2009, the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) approved fast-tracking of a three-year plan through which Taiwan's hospitals would be able to share patients' medical records via a Department of Health (DOH) On October 13, 2009, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) extended the application of the Prohibition of Genetic Intervention (Human Cloning and Genetic Change in Multiplying Cells) Law 5759-1999 until May 23, 2016. The Law was initially applicable On October 1, 2009, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) issued a scientific opinion on the health claims made by so- called probiotic products and energy drinks that contain taurine, a substance that supposedly stimulates the "mind On October 2, 2009, the Minister of Health Care and Social Services of the Russian Federation announced a government decision to extend the ban on human cloning for another five years. This ban was introduced in Among other changes, Italy's new law on traffic offenses imposes heavier penalties for illegal acts that occur in the overnight hours, between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. (Law 94, July 15, 2009, effective Aug. 8, 2009). On August 14, 2009, in a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court of Western Australia determined that the right to refuse medical treatment includes the informed refusal of all nourishment, including liquids for hydration. (Right to Refuse On August 18, 2009, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of the People's Republic of China, together with seven other central government departments, published the Implementation Opinions on Establishing The reuse of food in restaurants in Korea has been a source of contention among consumers, the government, and restaurants. Korean cuisine features small side dishes that complement the main dish. When patrons leave amounts of On June 30, 2009, the French National Assembly adopted a draft law on the compensation of victims of French nuclear testing (Projet de loi relative andagrave; la reconnaissance et andagrave; l'indemnisation des victimes des essais nucl;aires A draft reproductive health bill currently under consideration by a committee of the Rwandan Parliament calls for forcible sterilization of the mentally disabled and includes "three particularly troublesome provisions" on HIV testing, according to a Human In 2007, the European Commission issued a Green Paper on Bio-Preparedness to initiate consultation at the European Union level between national authorities responsible for risk prevention and response, especially those engaged in public health, customs, and China's Deputy Minister of Health, Chen Xiaohong, announced on June 12, 2009, that in the near future China will establish its first national food safety risk assessment system, to include a new national commission, a network... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 19 Jun 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401372_text Global Legal Monitor: Uganda: Pallisa District to Outlaw Daytime Drinking, Other Activities and to Permit Women to Own Land http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401343_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to It was reported on March 2, 2011, that the Finnish government failed to produce a legislative proposal on restricting image advertising of alcoholic beverages. The development took place in a meeting between negotiators for the Parliamentary The European Union Directive 2011/8/EU enters into force on March 1, 2011. It contains an important provision for protecting the health of the most vulnerable group of consumer, infants, because it prohibits the manufacturing of baby The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, diagnosis, and detection of the origin and treatment of degenerative On January 24, 2011, the South African Department of Health released a proposal, the National Health Amendment Bill, which, if approved by the National Assembly, will establish an oversight body -- the Office of Health Standards The Environment Management Directorate General of Turkey announced on December 30, 2010, that effective December 31 a regulation banning the production, use, and supply of asbestos would take effect in the country. A partial ban has On November 3, 2010, China's Ministries of Health, Agriculture, and Commerce, together with other government agencies, jointly issued the Measures for Administration of Release of Food Safety Information. Food safety information includes data compiled or On December 6, 2010, the Ministry of Health Care and Social Development of the Russian Federation submitted its version of the Biomedical Cell Technologies Act to the Cabinet of Ministers for that body's approval and recommendation Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a It was reported on November 4, 2010, that a group of individuals in Nigeria living with HIV/AIDS have instituted a civil action against the Nigerian federal government for importing defective condoms; it was the use of On October 26, 2010, the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa - Agencia Nacional de Vigilandacirc;ncia Sanitandaacute;ria) issued an Administrative Act (Resoluandccedil;andatilde;o da Diretoria Colegiada RDC No. 44, de 26 de Outubro de 2010) regulating On September 23, 2010, the Finnish government announced new guidelines for the care of the dying. The new rules apply to both public and private institutions and state that a patient's wishes must be taken into It was reported on September 7, 2010, that Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki has signed into law the Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill, 2009 (the law), which seeks to dramatically shift Kenya's policy on the regulation of production, On August 26, 2010, Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, announced a plan to amend that country's laws so that the free medical facilities that are provided to all citizens will no longer be available On July 6, 2010, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) issued a decision that permits pre-implantation testing to screen for serious genetic defects (Docket No. 5 StR 386/09, http://juris.bundesgerichtshof.de/cgi-bin/rechtsprechung/document.py?Gericht=bghandamp;Art=pmandamp;Datum=2010andamp;Sort=3andamp;anz=160andamp;pos=23andamp;nr=52897andamp;linked=urtandamp;Blank=1andamp;file=dokument.pdf). The decision interprets section 1(1) On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Pharmacists Ordinance (New Version), 5741-1981, thereby extending the requirement of labeling, previously applicable to prescription medications, to over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. According to the amendment, On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the National Health Insurance Law extending coverage for dental care to all Israeli residents. The amendment authorizes the Minister of Health to recognize dental On June 7, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a comprehensive law regulating the donation of eggs to women who wish to give birth, but are otherwise unable to do so, and the use of unused On June 28, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a law authorizing the Minister of Health to issue regulations requiring the labeling of nutritional information about sugars in pre-packaged food. The further information on sugar content, On June 7, 2010, Dr. Richard Sezibera the Minister of Health, introduced a bill on banning smoking in public places to the Rwandan Parliament for floor action. (Edwin Musoni, Anti-Smoking Bill Goes to Parliament, THE NEW On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of It was reported on June 2, 2010, that six women represented by the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC), a local public-interest law firm, are suing the Namibian government for allegedly sterilizing them without their consent on account On May 19, 2010, the European Parliament approved a draft Directive on Standards of Quality and Safety of Human Organs Intended for Transplantation, initially proposed by the European Commission in August 2008. The Parliament, which adopted On May 18, 2010, the HIV Prevention and Control Bill, which seeks to control the spread of the disease and put in place safeguards to protect individuals living with HIV/AIDS, was proposed to the Ugandan Parliament The European Union is currently working on drafting new legislation to regulate online sales of medicines. The subject had been omitted from a previous Directive on counterfeit medicines proposed by the European Commission in 2008, which It was reported on May 6, 2010, that five Danish companies have recently been fined for adding a banned dye to salmon. The additive, sodium nitrite, was found by inspectors from the Danish Veterinary and Food Belgium's Law of March 31, 2010, on the Compensation for Damages Resulting from Medical Care, was published in the Moniteur Belge, Belgium's official gazette, on April 2, 2010. (Loi du 31 mars 2010 relative andagrave; l'indemnisation On March 17, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Fighting of the Phenomena of Drunkenness (Temporary Provision and Amendment) Law, 5770-2010. According to explanatory notes for the government bill, the Law was designed to address Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On November 13, 2009, China's Ministry of Health issued the Technology Management Norms for Umbilical Cord Blood Hematopoietic Stem Cell [UCBHSC] Therapy. The stated purpose of the Norms is to standardize clinical use of such therapy On October 12, 2009, the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) approved fast-tracking of a three-year plan through which Taiwan's hospitals would be able to share patients' medical records via a Department of Health (DOH) On October 13, 2009, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) extended the application of the Prohibition of Genetic Intervention (Human Cloning and Genetic Change in Multiplying Cells) Law 5759-1999 until May 23, 2016. The Law was initially applicable On October 1, 2009, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) issued a scientific opinion on the health claims made by so- called probiotic products and energy drinks that contain taurine, a substance that supposedly stimulates the "mind On October 2, 2009, the Minister of Health Care and Social Services of the Russian Federation announced a government decision to extend the ban on human cloning for another five years. This ban was introduced in Among other changes, Italy's new law on traffic offenses imposes heavier penalties for illegal acts that occur in the overnight hours, between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. (Law 94, July 15, 2009, effective Aug. 8, 2009). On August 14, 2009, in a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court of Western Australia determined that the right to refuse medical treatment includes the informed refusal of all nourishment, including liquids for hydration. (Right to Refuse On August 18, 2009, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of the People's Republic of China, together with seven other central government departments, published the Implementation Opinions on Establishing The reuse of food in restaurants in Korea has been a source of contention among consumers, the government, and restaurants. Korean cuisine features small side dishes that complement the main dish. When patrons leave amounts of On June 30, 2009, the French National Assembly adopted a draft law on the compensation of victims of French nuclear testing (Projet de loi relative andagrave; la reconnaissance et andagrave; l'indemnisation des victimes des essais nucl;aires A draft reproductive health bill currently under consideration by a committee of the Rwandan Parliament calls for forcible sterilization of the mentally disabled and includes "three particularly troublesome provisions" on HIV testing, according to a Human In 2007, the European Commission issued a Green Paper on Bio-Preparedness to initiate consultation at the European Union level between national authorities responsible for risk prevention and response, especially those engaged in public health, customs, and China's Deputy Minister of Health, Chen Xiaohong, announced on June 12, 2009, that in the near future China will establish its first national food safety risk assessment system, to include a new national commission, a network It was reported on June 3, 2009, that the Council of Pallisa District, one of 80 districts in Uganda, will soon pass a by-law dealing with a host of issues ranging from daytime drinking, to hygiene,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 11 Jun 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401343_text Global Legal Monitor: Denmark: Measures to Control Dangerous Dogs Introduced http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401340_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to It was reported on March 2, 2011, that the Finnish government failed to produce a legislative proposal on restricting image advertising of alcoholic beverages. The development took place in a meeting between negotiators for the Parliamentary The European Union Directive 2011/8/EU enters into force on March 1, 2011. It contains an important provision for protecting the health of the most vulnerable group of consumer, infants, because it prohibits the manufacturing of baby The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, diagnosis, and detection of the origin and treatment of degenerative On January 24, 2011, the South African Department of Health released a proposal, the National Health Amendment Bill, which, if approved by the National Assembly, will establish an oversight body -- the Office of Health Standards The Environment Management Directorate General of Turkey announced on December 30, 2010, that effective December 31 a regulation banning the production, use, and supply of asbestos would take effect in the country. A partial ban has On November 3, 2010, China's Ministries of Health, Agriculture, and Commerce, together with other government agencies, jointly issued the Measures for Administration of Release of Food Safety Information. Food safety information includes data compiled or On December 6, 2010, the Ministry of Health Care and Social Development of the Russian Federation submitted its version of the Biomedical Cell Technologies Act to the Cabinet of Ministers for that body's approval and recommendation Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a It was reported on November 4, 2010, that a group of individuals in Nigeria living with HIV/AIDS have instituted a civil action against the Nigerian federal government for importing defective condoms; it was the use of On October 26, 2010, the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa - Agencia Nacional de Vigilandacirc;ncia Sanitandaacute;ria) issued an Administrative Act (Resoluandccedil;andatilde;o da Diretoria Colegiada RDC No. 44, de 26 de Outubro de 2010) regulating On September 23, 2010, the Finnish government announced new guidelines for the care of the dying. The new rules apply to both public and private institutions and state that a patient's wishes must be taken into It was reported on September 7, 2010, that Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki has signed into law the Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill, 2009 (the law), which seeks to dramatically shift Kenya's policy on the regulation of production, On August 26, 2010, Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, announced a plan to amend that country's laws so that the free medical facilities that are provided to all citizens will no longer be available On July 6, 2010, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) issued a decision that permits pre-implantation testing to screen for serious genetic defects (Docket No. 5 StR 386/09, http://juris.bundesgerichtshof.de/cgi-bin/rechtsprechung/document.py?Gericht=bghandamp;Art=pmandamp;Datum=2010andamp;Sort=3andamp;anz=160andamp;pos=23andamp;nr=52897andamp;linked=urtandamp;Blank=1andamp;file=dokument.pdf). The decision interprets section 1(1) On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Pharmacists Ordinance (New Version), 5741-1981, thereby extending the requirement of labeling, previously applicable to prescription medications, to over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. According to the amendment, On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the National Health Insurance Law extending coverage for dental care to all Israeli residents. The amendment authorizes the Minister of Health to recognize dental On June 7, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a comprehensive law regulating the donation of eggs to women who wish to give birth, but are otherwise unable to do so, and the use of unused On June 28, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a law authorizing the Minister of Health to issue regulations requiring the labeling of nutritional information about sugars in pre-packaged food. The further information on sugar content, On June 7, 2010, Dr. Richard Sezibera the Minister of Health, introduced a bill on banning smoking in public places to the Rwandan Parliament for floor action. (Edwin Musoni, Anti-Smoking Bill Goes to Parliament, THE NEW On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of It was reported on June 2, 2010, that six women represented by the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC), a local public-interest law firm, are suing the Namibian government for allegedly sterilizing them without their consent on account On May 19, 2010, the European Parliament approved a draft Directive on Standards of Quality and Safety of Human Organs Intended for Transplantation, initially proposed by the European Commission in August 2008. The Parliament, which adopted On May 18, 2010, the HIV Prevention and Control Bill, which seeks to control the spread of the disease and put in place safeguards to protect individuals living with HIV/AIDS, was proposed to the Ugandan Parliament The European Union is currently working on drafting new legislation to regulate online sales of medicines. The subject had been omitted from a previous Directive on counterfeit medicines proposed by the European Commission in 2008, which It was reported on May 6, 2010, that five Danish companies have recently been fined for adding a banned dye to salmon. The additive, sodium nitrite, was found by inspectors from the Danish Veterinary and Food Belgium's Law of March 31, 2010, on the Compensation for Damages Resulting from Medical Care, was published in the Moniteur Belge, Belgium's official gazette, on April 2, 2010. (Loi du 31 mars 2010 relative andagrave; l'indemnisation On March 17, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Fighting of the Phenomena of Drunkenness (Temporary Provision and Amendment) Law, 5770-2010. According to explanatory notes for the government bill, the Law was designed to address Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On November 13, 2009, China's Ministry of Health issued the Technology Management Norms for Umbilical Cord Blood Hematopoietic Stem Cell [UCBHSC] Therapy. The stated purpose of the Norms is to standardize clinical use of such therapy On October 12, 2009, the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) approved fast-tracking of a three-year plan through which Taiwan's hospitals would be able to share patients' medical records via a Department of Health (DOH) On October 13, 2009, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) extended the application of the Prohibition of Genetic Intervention (Human Cloning and Genetic Change in Multiplying Cells) Law 5759-1999 until May 23, 2016. The Law was initially applicable On October 1, 2009, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) issued a scientific opinion on the health claims made by so- called probiotic products and energy drinks that contain taurine, a substance that supposedly stimulates the "mind On October 2, 2009, the Minister of Health Care and Social Services of the Russian Federation announced a government decision to extend the ban on human cloning for another five years. This ban was introduced in Among other changes, Italy's new law on traffic offenses imposes heavier penalties for illegal acts that occur in the overnight hours, between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. (Law 94, July 15, 2009, effective Aug. 8, 2009). On August 14, 2009, in a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court of Western Australia determined that the right to refuse medical treatment includes the informed refusal of all nourishment, including liquids for hydration. (Right to Refuse On August 18, 2009, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of the People's Republic of China, together with seven other central government departments, published the Implementation Opinions on Establishing The reuse of food in restaurants in Korea has been a source of contention among consumers, the government, and restaurants. Korean cuisine features small side dishes that complement the main dish. When patrons leave amounts of On June 30, 2009, the French National Assembly adopted a draft law on the compensation of victims of French nuclear testing (Projet de loi relative andagrave; la reconnaissance et andagrave; l'indemnisation des victimes des essais nucl;aires A draft reproductive health bill currently under consideration by a committee of the Rwandan Parliament calls for forcible sterilization of the mentally disabled and includes "three particularly troublesome provisions" on HIV testing, according to a Human In 2007, the European Commission issued a Green Paper on Bio-Preparedness to initiate consultation at the European Union level between national authorities responsible for risk prevention and response, especially those engaged in public health, customs, and China's Deputy Minister of Health, Chen Xiaohong, announced on June 12, 2009, that in the near future China will establish its first national food safety risk assessment system, to include a new national commission, a network It was reported on June 3, 2009, that the Council of Pallisa District, one of 80 districts in Uganda, will soon pass a by-law dealing with a host of issues ranging from daytime drinking, to hygiene, The opposition party in the Danish Parliament has been leading efforts to enact stricter controls on dangerous dogs. Now that the measures have support from the Social Democrats, the Socialist People's Party, and the Danish People's... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 10 Jun 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401340_text Global Legal Monitor: Egypt: Measures Taken to Combat Bird and Swine Flu http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401305_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to It was reported on March 2, 2011, that the Finnish government failed to produce a legislative proposal on restricting image advertising of alcoholic beverages. The development took place in a meeting between negotiators for the Parliamentary The European Union Directive 2011/8/EU enters into force on March 1, 2011. It contains an important provision for protecting the health of the most vulnerable group of consumer, infants, because it prohibits the manufacturing of baby The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, diagnosis, and detection of the origin and treatment of degenerative On January 24, 2011, the South African Department of Health released a proposal, the National Health Amendment Bill, which, if approved by the National Assembly, will establish an oversight body -- the Office of Health Standards The Environment Management Directorate General of Turkey announced on December 30, 2010, that effective December 31 a regulation banning the production, use, and supply of asbestos would take effect in the country. A partial ban has On November 3, 2010, China's Ministries of Health, Agriculture, and Commerce, together with other government agencies, jointly issued the Measures for Administration of Release of Food Safety Information. Food safety information includes data compiled or On December 6, 2010, the Ministry of Health Care and Social Development of the Russian Federation submitted its version of the Biomedical Cell Technologies Act to the Cabinet of Ministers for that body's approval and recommendation Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a It was reported on November 4, 2010, that a group of individuals in Nigeria living with HIV/AIDS have instituted a civil action against the Nigerian federal government for importing defective condoms; it was the use of On October 26, 2010, the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa - Agencia Nacional de Vigilandacirc;ncia Sanitandaacute;ria) issued an Administrative Act (Resoluandccedil;andatilde;o da Diretoria Colegiada RDC No. 44, de 26 de Outubro de 2010) regulating On September 23, 2010, the Finnish government announced new guidelines for the care of the dying. The new rules apply to both public and private institutions and state that a patient's wishes must be taken into It was reported on September 7, 2010, that Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki has signed into law the Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill, 2009 (the law), which seeks to dramatically shift Kenya's policy on the regulation of production, On August 26, 2010, Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, announced a plan to amend that country's laws so that the free medical facilities that are provided to all citizens will no longer be available On July 6, 2010, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) issued a decision that permits pre-implantation testing to screen for serious genetic defects (Docket No. 5 StR 386/09, http://juris.bundesgerichtshof.de/cgi-bin/rechtsprechung/document.py?Gericht=bghandamp;Art=pmandamp;Datum=2010andamp;Sort=3andamp;anz=160andamp;pos=23andamp;nr=52897andamp;linked=urtandamp;Blank=1andamp;file=dokument.pdf). The decision interprets section 1(1) On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Pharmacists Ordinance (New Version), 5741-1981, thereby extending the requirement of labeling, previously applicable to prescription medications, to over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. According to the amendment, On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the National Health Insurance Law extending coverage for dental care to all Israeli residents. The amendment authorizes the Minister of Health to recognize dental On June 7, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a comprehensive law regulating the donation of eggs to women who wish to give birth, but are otherwise unable to do so, and the use of unused On June 28, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a law authorizing the Minister of Health to issue regulations requiring the labeling of nutritional information about sugars in pre-packaged food. The further information on sugar content, On June 7, 2010, Dr. Richard Sezibera the Minister of Health, introduced a bill on banning smoking in public places to the Rwandan Parliament for floor action. (Edwin Musoni, Anti-Smoking Bill Goes to Parliament, THE NEW On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of It was reported on June 2, 2010, that six women represented by the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC), a local public-interest law firm, are suing the Namibian government for allegedly sterilizing them without their consent on account On May 19, 2010, the European Parliament approved a draft Directive on Standards of Quality and Safety of Human Organs Intended for Transplantation, initially proposed by the European Commission in August 2008. The Parliament, which adopted On May 18, 2010, the HIV Prevention and Control Bill, which seeks to control the spread of the disease and put in place safeguards to protect individuals living with HIV/AIDS, was proposed to the Ugandan Parliament The European Union is currently working on drafting new legislation to regulate online sales of medicines. The subject had been omitted from a previous Directive on counterfeit medicines proposed by the European Commission in 2008, which It was reported on May 6, 2010, that five Danish companies have recently been fined for adding a banned dye to salmon. The additive, sodium nitrite, was found by inspectors from the Danish Veterinary and Food Belgium's Law of March 31, 2010, on the Compensation for Damages Resulting from Medical Care, was published in the Moniteur Belge, Belgium's official gazette, on April 2, 2010. (Loi du 31 mars 2010 relative andagrave; l'indemnisation On March 17, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Fighting of the Phenomena of Drunkenness (Temporary Provision and Amendment) Law, 5770-2010. According to explanatory notes for the government bill, the Law was designed to address Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On November 13, 2009, China's Ministry of Health issued the Technology Management Norms for Umbilical Cord Blood Hematopoietic Stem Cell [UCBHSC] Therapy. The stated purpose of the Norms is to standardize clinical use of such therapy On October 12, 2009, the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) approved fast-tracking of a three-year plan through which Taiwan's hospitals would be able to share patients' medical records via a Department of Health (DOH) On October 13, 2009, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) extended the application of the Prohibition of Genetic Intervention (Human Cloning and Genetic Change in Multiplying Cells) Law 5759-1999 until May 23, 2016. The Law was initially applicable On October 1, 2009, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) issued a scientific opinion on the health claims made by so- called probiotic products and energy drinks that contain taurine, a substance that supposedly stimulates the "mind On October 2, 2009, the Minister of Health Care and Social Services of the Russian Federation announced a government decision to extend the ban on human cloning for another five years. This ban was introduced in Among other changes, Italy's new law on traffic offenses imposes heavier penalties for illegal acts that occur in the overnight hours, between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. (Law 94, July 15, 2009, effective Aug. 8, 2009). On August 14, 2009, in a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court of Western Australia determined that the right to refuse medical treatment includes the informed refusal of all nourishment, including liquids for hydration. (Right to Refuse On August 18, 2009, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of the People's Republic of China, together with seven other central government departments, published the Implementation Opinions on Establishing The reuse of food in restaurants in Korea has been a source of contention among consumers, the government, and restaurants. Korean cuisine features small side dishes that complement the main dish. When patrons leave amounts of On June 30, 2009, the French National Assembly adopted a draft law on the compensation of victims of French nuclear testing (Projet de loi relative andagrave; la reconnaissance et andagrave; l'indemnisation des victimes des essais nucl;aires A draft reproductive health bill currently under consideration by a committee of the Rwandan Parliament calls for forcible sterilization of the mentally disabled and includes "three particularly troublesome provisions" on HIV testing, according to a Human In 2007, the European Commission issued a Green Paper on Bio-Preparedness to initiate consultation at the European Union level between national authorities responsible for risk prevention and response, especially those engaged in public health, customs, and China's Deputy Minister of Health, Chen Xiaohong, announced on June 12, 2009, that in the near future China will establish its first national food safety risk assessment system, to include a new national commission, a network It was reported on June 3, 2009, that the Council of Pallisa District, one of 80 districts in Uganda, will soon pass a by-law dealing with a host of issues ranging from daytime drinking, to hygiene, The opposition party in the Danish Parliament has been leading efforts to enact stricter controls on dangerous dogs. Now that the measures have support from the Social Democrats, the Socialist People's Party, and the Danish People's In order to combat bird and swine flu, on April 29, 2009, the People's Assembly of Egypt passed a law regulating the trade in live poultry. During the same session, the Parliament also ordered the executive... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 26 May 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401305_text Global Legal Monitor: Nigeria: Lagos State Model City Plan Law http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401278_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to It was reported on March 2, 2011, that the Finnish government failed to produce a legislative proposal on restricting image advertising of alcoholic beverages. The development took place in a meeting between negotiators for the Parliamentary The European Union Directive 2011/8/EU enters into force on March 1, 2011. It contains an important provision for protecting the health of the most vulnerable group of consumer, infants, because it prohibits the manufacturing of baby The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, diagnosis, and detection of the origin and treatment of degenerative On January 24, 2011, the South African Department of Health released a proposal, the National Health Amendment Bill, which, if approved by the National Assembly, will establish an oversight body -- the Office of Health Standards The Environment Management Directorate General of Turkey announced on December 30, 2010, that effective December 31 a regulation banning the production, use, and supply of asbestos would take effect in the country. A partial ban has On November 3, 2010, China's Ministries of Health, Agriculture, and Commerce, together with other government agencies, jointly issued the Measures for Administration of Release of Food Safety Information. Food safety information includes data compiled or On December 6, 2010, the Ministry of Health Care and Social Development of the Russian Federation submitted its version of the Biomedical Cell Technologies Act to the Cabinet of Ministers for that body's approval and recommendation Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a It was reported on November 4, 2010, that a group of individuals in Nigeria living with HIV/AIDS have instituted a civil action against the Nigerian federal government for importing defective condoms; it was the use of On October 26, 2010, the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa - Agencia Nacional de Vigilandacirc;ncia Sanitandaacute;ria) issued an Administrative Act (Resoluandccedil;andatilde;o da Diretoria Colegiada RDC No. 44, de 26 de Outubro de 2010) regulating On September 23, 2010, the Finnish government announced new guidelines for the care of the dying. The new rules apply to both public and private institutions and state that a patient's wishes must be taken into It was reported on September 7, 2010, that Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki has signed into law the Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill, 2009 (the law), which seeks to dramatically shift Kenya's policy on the regulation of production, On August 26, 2010, Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, announced a plan to amend that country's laws so that the free medical facilities that are provided to all citizens will no longer be available On July 6, 2010, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) issued a decision that permits pre-implantation testing to screen for serious genetic defects (Docket No. 5 StR 386/09, http://juris.bundesgerichtshof.de/cgi-bin/rechtsprechung/document.py?Gericht=bghandamp;Art=pmandamp;Datum=2010andamp;Sort=3andamp;anz=160andamp;pos=23andamp;nr=52897andamp;linked=urtandamp;Blank=1andamp;file=dokument.pdf). The decision interprets section 1(1) On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Pharmacists Ordinance (New Version), 5741-1981, thereby extending the requirement of labeling, previously applicable to prescription medications, to over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. According to the amendment, On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the National Health Insurance Law extending coverage for dental care to all Israeli residents. The amendment authorizes the Minister of Health to recognize dental On June 7, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a comprehensive law regulating the donation of eggs to women who wish to give birth, but are otherwise unable to do so, and the use of unused On June 28, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a law authorizing the Minister of Health to issue regulations requiring the labeling of nutritional information about sugars in pre-packaged food. The further information on sugar content, On June 7, 2010, Dr. Richard Sezibera the Minister of Health, introduced a bill on banning smoking in public places to the Rwandan Parliament for floor action. (Edwin Musoni, Anti-Smoking Bill Goes to Parliament, THE NEW On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of It was reported on June 2, 2010, that six women represented by the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC), a local public-interest law firm, are suing the Namibian government for allegedly sterilizing them without their consent on account On May 19, 2010, the European Parliament approved a draft Directive on Standards of Quality and Safety of Human Organs Intended for Transplantation, initially proposed by the European Commission in August 2008. The Parliament, which adopted On May 18, 2010, the HIV Prevention and Control Bill, which seeks to control the spread of the disease and put in place safeguards to protect individuals living with HIV/AIDS, was proposed to the Ugandan Parliament The European Union is currently working on drafting new legislation to regulate online sales of medicines. The subject had been omitted from a previous Directive on counterfeit medicines proposed by the European Commission in 2008, which It was reported on May 6, 2010, that five Danish companies have recently been fined for adding a banned dye to salmon. The additive, sodium nitrite, was found by inspectors from the Danish Veterinary and Food Belgium's Law of March 31, 2010, on the Compensation for Damages Resulting from Medical Care, was published in the Moniteur Belge, Belgium's official gazette, on April 2, 2010. (Loi du 31 mars 2010 relative andagrave; l'indemnisation On March 17, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Fighting of the Phenomena of Drunkenness (Temporary Provision and Amendment) Law, 5770-2010. According to explanatory notes for the government bill, the Law was designed to address Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On November 13, 2009, China's Ministry of Health issued the Technology Management Norms for Umbilical Cord Blood Hematopoietic Stem Cell [UCBHSC] Therapy. The stated purpose of the Norms is to standardize clinical use of such therapy On October 12, 2009, the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) approved fast-tracking of a three-year plan through which Taiwan's hospitals would be able to share patients' medical records via a Department of Health (DOH) On October 13, 2009, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) extended the application of the Prohibition of Genetic Intervention (Human Cloning and Genetic Change in Multiplying Cells) Law 5759-1999 until May 23, 2016. The Law was initially applicable On October 1, 2009, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) issued a scientific opinion on the health claims made by so- called probiotic products and energy drinks that contain taurine, a substance that supposedly stimulates the "mind On October 2, 2009, the Minister of Health Care and Social Services of the Russian Federation announced a government decision to extend the ban on human cloning for another five years. This ban was introduced in Among other changes, Italy's new law on traffic offenses imposes heavier penalties for illegal acts that occur in the overnight hours, between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. (Law 94, July 15, 2009, effective Aug. 8, 2009). On August 14, 2009, in a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court of Western Australia determined that the right to refuse medical treatment includes the informed refusal of all nourishment, including liquids for hydration. (Right to Refuse On August 18, 2009, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of the People's Republic of China, together with seven other central government departments, published the Implementation Opinions on Establishing The reuse of food in restaurants in Korea has been a source of contention among consumers, the government, and restaurants. Korean cuisine features small side dishes that complement the main dish. When patrons leave amounts of On June 30, 2009, the French National Assembly adopted a draft law on the compensation of victims of French nuclear testing (Projet de loi relative andagrave; la reconnaissance et andagrave; l'indemnisation des victimes des essais nucl;aires A draft reproductive health bill currently under consideration by a committee of the Rwandan Parliament calls for forcible sterilization of the mentally disabled and includes "three particularly troublesome provisions" on HIV testing, according to a Human In 2007, the European Commission issued a Green Paper on Bio-Preparedness to initiate consultation at the European Union level between national authorities responsible for risk prevention and response, especially those engaged in public health, customs, and China's Deputy Minister of Health, Chen Xiaohong, announced on June 12, 2009, that in the near future China will establish its first national food safety risk assessment system, to include a new national commission, a network It was reported on June 3, 2009, that the Council of Pallisa District, one of 80 districts in Uganda, will soon pass a by-law dealing with a host of issues ranging from daytime drinking, to hygiene, The opposition party in the Danish Parliament has been leading efforts to enact stricter controls on dangerous dogs. Now that the measures have support from the Social Democrats, the Socialist People's Party, and the Danish People's In order to combat bird and swine flu, on April 29, 2009, the People's Assembly of Egypt passed a law regulating the trade in live poultry. During the same session, the Parliament also ordered the executive It was reported on May 5, 2009, that as part of an effort to put an end to the rampant problem of the erection of unsafe buildings that do not meet city codes, the Governor of... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 11 May 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401278_text Global Legal Monitor: Peru: Universal Health Insurance http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401262_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to It was reported on March 2, 2011, that the Finnish government failed to produce a legislative proposal on restricting image advertising of alcoholic beverages. The development took place in a meeting between negotiators for the Parliamentary The European Union Directive 2011/8/EU enters into force on March 1, 2011. It contains an important provision for protecting the health of the most vulnerable group of consumer, infants, because it prohibits the manufacturing of baby The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, diagnosis, and detection of the origin and treatment of degenerative On January 24, 2011, the South African Department of Health released a proposal, the National Health Amendment Bill, which, if approved by the National Assembly, will establish an oversight body -- the Office of Health Standards The Environment Management Directorate General of Turkey announced on December 30, 2010, that effective December 31 a regulation banning the production, use, and supply of asbestos would take effect in the country. A partial ban has On November 3, 2010, China's Ministries of Health, Agriculture, and Commerce, together with other government agencies, jointly issued the Measures for Administration of Release of Food Safety Information. Food safety information includes data compiled or On December 6, 2010, the Ministry of Health Care and Social Development of the Russian Federation submitted its version of the Biomedical Cell Technologies Act to the Cabinet of Ministers for that body's approval and recommendation Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a It was reported on November 4, 2010, that a group of individuals in Nigeria living with HIV/AIDS have instituted a civil action against the Nigerian federal government for importing defective condoms; it was the use of On October 26, 2010, the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa - Agencia Nacional de Vigilandacirc;ncia Sanitandaacute;ria) issued an Administrative Act (Resoluandccedil;andatilde;o da Diretoria Colegiada RDC No. 44, de 26 de Outubro de 2010) regulating On September 23, 2010, the Finnish government announced new guidelines for the care of the dying. The new rules apply to both public and private institutions and state that a patient's wishes must be taken into It was reported on September 7, 2010, that Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki has signed into law the Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill, 2009 (the law), which seeks to dramatically shift Kenya's policy on the regulation of production, On August 26, 2010, Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, announced a plan to amend that country's laws so that the free medical facilities that are provided to all citizens will no longer be available On July 6, 2010, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) issued a decision that permits pre-implantation testing to screen for serious genetic defects (Docket No. 5 StR 386/09, http://juris.bundesgerichtshof.de/cgi-bin/rechtsprechung/document.py?Gericht=bghandamp;Art=pmandamp;Datum=2010andamp;Sort=3andamp;anz=160andamp;pos=23andamp;nr=52897andamp;linked=urtandamp;Blank=1andamp;file=dokument.pdf). The decision interprets section 1(1) On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Pharmacists Ordinance (New Version), 5741-1981, thereby extending the requirement of labeling, previously applicable to prescription medications, to over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. According to the amendment, On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the National Health Insurance Law extending coverage for dental care to all Israeli residents. The amendment authorizes the Minister of Health to recognize dental On June 7, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a comprehensive law regulating the donation of eggs to women who wish to give birth, but are otherwise unable to do so, and the use of unused On June 28, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a law authorizing the Minister of Health to issue regulations requiring the labeling of nutritional information about sugars in pre-packaged food. The further information on sugar content, On June 7, 2010, Dr. Richard Sezibera the Minister of Health, introduced a bill on banning smoking in public places to the Rwandan Parliament for floor action. (Edwin Musoni, Anti-Smoking Bill Goes to Parliament, THE NEW On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of It was reported on June 2, 2010, that six women represented by the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC), a local public-interest law firm, are suing the Namibian government for allegedly sterilizing them without their consent on account On May 19, 2010, the European Parliament approved a draft Directive on Standards of Quality and Safety of Human Organs Intended for Transplantation, initially proposed by the European Commission in August 2008. The Parliament, which adopted On May 18, 2010, the HIV Prevention and Control Bill, which seeks to control the spread of the disease and put in place safeguards to protect individuals living with HIV/AIDS, was proposed to the Ugandan Parliament The European Union is currently working on drafting new legislation to regulate online sales of medicines. The subject had been omitted from a previous Directive on counterfeit medicines proposed by the European Commission in 2008, which It was reported on May 6, 2010, that five Danish companies have recently been fined for adding a banned dye to salmon. The additive, sodium nitrite, was found by inspectors from the Danish Veterinary and Food Belgium's Law of March 31, 2010, on the Compensation for Damages Resulting from Medical Care, was published in the Moniteur Belge, Belgium's official gazette, on April 2, 2010. (Loi du 31 mars 2010 relative andagrave; l'indemnisation On March 17, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Fighting of the Phenomena of Drunkenness (Temporary Provision and Amendment) Law, 5770-2010. According to explanatory notes for the government bill, the Law was designed to address Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On November 13, 2009, China's Ministry of Health issued the Technology Management Norms for Umbilical Cord Blood Hematopoietic Stem Cell [UCBHSC] Therapy. The stated purpose of the Norms is to standardize clinical use of such therapy On October 12, 2009, the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) approved fast-tracking of a three-year plan through which Taiwan's hospitals would be able to share patients' medical records via a Department of Health (DOH) On October 13, 2009, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) extended the application of the Prohibition of Genetic Intervention (Human Cloning and Genetic Change in Multiplying Cells) Law 5759-1999 until May 23, 2016. The Law was initially applicable On October 1, 2009, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) issued a scientific opinion on the health claims made by so- called probiotic products and energy drinks that contain taurine, a substance that supposedly stimulates the "mind On October 2, 2009, the Minister of Health Care and Social Services of the Russian Federation announced a government decision to extend the ban on human cloning for another five years. This ban was introduced in Among other changes, Italy's new law on traffic offenses imposes heavier penalties for illegal acts that occur in the overnight hours, between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. (Law 94, July 15, 2009, effective Aug. 8, 2009). On August 14, 2009, in a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court of Western Australia determined that the right to refuse medical treatment includes the informed refusal of all nourishment, including liquids for hydration. (Right to Refuse On August 18, 2009, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of the People's Republic of China, together with seven other central government departments, published the Implementation Opinions on Establishing The reuse of food in restaurants in Korea has been a source of contention among consumers, the government, and restaurants. Korean cuisine features small side dishes that complement the main dish. When patrons leave amounts of On June 30, 2009, the French National Assembly adopted a draft law on the compensation of victims of French nuclear testing (Projet de loi relative andagrave; la reconnaissance et andagrave; l'indemnisation des victimes des essais nucl;aires A draft reproductive health bill currently under consideration by a committee of the Rwandan Parliament calls for forcible sterilization of the mentally disabled and includes "three particularly troublesome provisions" on HIV testing, according to a Human In 2007, the European Commission issued a Green Paper on Bio-Preparedness to initiate consultation at the European Union level between national authorities responsible for risk prevention and response, especially those engaged in public health, customs, and China's Deputy Minister of Health, Chen Xiaohong, announced on June 12, 2009, that in the near future China will establish its first national food safety risk assessment system, to include a new national commission, a network It was reported on June 3, 2009, that the Council of Pallisa District, one of 80 districts in Uganda, will soon pass a by-law dealing with a host of issues ranging from daytime drinking, to hygiene, The opposition party in the Danish Parliament has been leading efforts to enact stricter controls on dangerous dogs. Now that the measures have support from the Social Democrats, the Socialist People's Party, and the Danish People's In order to combat bird and swine flu, on April 29, 2009, the People's Assembly of Egypt passed a law regulating the trade in live poultry. During the same session, the Parliament also ordered the executive It was reported on May 5, 2009, that as part of an effort to put an end to the rampant problem of the erection of unsafe buildings that do not meet city codes, the Governor of On April 8, 2009, President Alan Garcia Perez of Peru signed a framework law on universal health coverage. The law guarantees the full right of every individual to social security in matters of health and sets... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 05 May 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401262_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Regulation of Stem Cell Preservation Businesses http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401251_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to It was reported on March 2, 2011, that the Finnish government failed to produce a legislative proposal on restricting image advertising of alcoholic beverages. The development took place in a meeting between negotiators for the Parliamentary The European Union Directive 2011/8/EU enters into force on March 1, 2011. It contains an important provision for protecting the health of the most vulnerable group of consumer, infants, because it prohibits the manufacturing of baby The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, diagnosis, and detection of the origin and treatment of degenerative On January 24, 2011, the South African Department of Health released a proposal, the National Health Amendment Bill, which, if approved by the National Assembly, will establish an oversight body -- the Office of Health Standards The Environment Management Directorate General of Turkey announced on December 30, 2010, that effective December 31 a regulation banning the production, use, and supply of asbestos would take effect in the country. A partial ban has On November 3, 2010, China's Ministries of Health, Agriculture, and Commerce, together with other government agencies, jointly issued the Measures for Administration of Release of Food Safety Information. Food safety information includes data compiled or On December 6, 2010, the Ministry of Health Care and Social Development of the Russian Federation submitted its version of the Biomedical Cell Technologies Act to the Cabinet of Ministers for that body's approval and recommendation Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a It was reported on November 4, 2010, that a group of individuals in Nigeria living with HIV/AIDS have instituted a civil action against the Nigerian federal government for importing defective condoms; it was the use of On October 26, 2010, the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa - Agencia Nacional de Vigilandacirc;ncia Sanitandaacute;ria) issued an Administrative Act (Resoluandccedil;andatilde;o da Diretoria Colegiada RDC No. 44, de 26 de Outubro de 2010) regulating On September 23, 2010, the Finnish government announced new guidelines for the care of the dying. The new rules apply to both public and private institutions and state that a patient's wishes must be taken into It was reported on September 7, 2010, that Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki has signed into law the Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill, 2009 (the law), which seeks to dramatically shift Kenya's policy on the regulation of production, On August 26, 2010, Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, announced a plan to amend that country's laws so that the free medical facilities that are provided to all citizens will no longer be available On July 6, 2010, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) issued a decision that permits pre-implantation testing to screen for serious genetic defects (Docket No. 5 StR 386/09, http://juris.bundesgerichtshof.de/cgi-bin/rechtsprechung/document.py?Gericht=bghandamp;Art=pmandamp;Datum=2010andamp;Sort=3andamp;anz=160andamp;pos=23andamp;nr=52897andamp;linked=urtandamp;Blank=1andamp;file=dokument.pdf). The decision interprets section 1(1) On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Pharmacists Ordinance (New Version), 5741-1981, thereby extending the requirement of labeling, previously applicable to prescription medications, to over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. According to the amendment, On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the National Health Insurance Law extending coverage for dental care to all Israeli residents. The amendment authorizes the Minister of Health to recognize dental On June 7, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a comprehensive law regulating the donation of eggs to women who wish to give birth, but are otherwise unable to do so, and the use of unused On June 28, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a law authorizing the Minister of Health to issue regulations requiring the labeling of nutritional information about sugars in pre-packaged food. The further information on sugar content, On June 7, 2010, Dr. Richard Sezibera the Minister of Health, introduced a bill on banning smoking in public places to the Rwandan Parliament for floor action. (Edwin Musoni, Anti-Smoking Bill Goes to Parliament, THE NEW On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of It was reported on June 2, 2010, that six women represented by the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC), a local public-interest law firm, are suing the Namibian government for allegedly sterilizing them without their consent on account On May 19, 2010, the European Parliament approved a draft Directive on Standards of Quality and Safety of Human Organs Intended for Transplantation, initially proposed by the European Commission in August 2008. The Parliament, which adopted On May 18, 2010, the HIV Prevention and Control Bill, which seeks to control the spread of the disease and put in place safeguards to protect individuals living with HIV/AIDS, was proposed to the Ugandan Parliament The European Union is currently working on drafting new legislation to regulate online sales of medicines. The subject had been omitted from a previous Directive on counterfeit medicines proposed by the European Commission in 2008, which It was reported on May 6, 2010, that five Danish companies have recently been fined for adding a banned dye to salmon. The additive, sodium nitrite, was found by inspectors from the Danish Veterinary and Food Belgium's Law of March 31, 2010, on the Compensation for Damages Resulting from Medical Care, was published in the Moniteur Belge, Belgium's official gazette, on April 2, 2010. (Loi du 31 mars 2010 relative andagrave; l'indemnisation On March 17, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Fighting of the Phenomena of Drunkenness (Temporary Provision and Amendment) Law, 5770-2010. According to explanatory notes for the government bill, the Law was designed to address Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On November 13, 2009, China's Ministry of Health issued the Technology Management Norms for Umbilical Cord Blood Hematopoietic Stem Cell [UCBHSC] Therapy. The stated purpose of the Norms is to standardize clinical use of such therapy On October 12, 2009, the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) approved fast-tracking of a three-year plan through which Taiwan's hospitals would be able to share patients' medical records via a Department of Health (DOH) On October 13, 2009, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) extended the application of the Prohibition of Genetic Intervention (Human Cloning and Genetic Change in Multiplying Cells) Law 5759-1999 until May 23, 2016. The Law was initially applicable On October 1, 2009, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) issued a scientific opinion on the health claims made by so- called probiotic products and energy drinks that contain taurine, a substance that supposedly stimulates the "mind On October 2, 2009, the Minister of Health Care and Social Services of the Russian Federation announced a government decision to extend the ban on human cloning for another five years. This ban was introduced in Among other changes, Italy's new law on traffic offenses imposes heavier penalties for illegal acts that occur in the overnight hours, between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. (Law 94, July 15, 2009, effective Aug. 8, 2009). On August 14, 2009, in a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court of Western Australia determined that the right to refuse medical treatment includes the informed refusal of all nourishment, including liquids for hydration. (Right to Refuse On August 18, 2009, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of the People's Republic of China, together with seven other central government departments, published the Implementation Opinions on Establishing The reuse of food in restaurants in Korea has been a source of contention among consumers, the government, and restaurants. Korean cuisine features small side dishes that complement the main dish. When patrons leave amounts of On June 30, 2009, the French National Assembly adopted a draft law on the compensation of victims of French nuclear testing (Projet de loi relative andagrave; la reconnaissance et andagrave; l'indemnisation des victimes des essais nucl;aires A draft reproductive health bill currently under consideration by a committee of the Rwandan Parliament calls for forcible sterilization of the mentally disabled and includes "three particularly troublesome provisions" on HIV testing, according to a Human In 2007, the European Commission issued a Green Paper on Bio-Preparedness to initiate consultation at the European Union level between national authorities responsible for risk prevention and response, especially those engaged in public health, customs, and China's Deputy Minister of Health, Chen Xiaohong, announced on June 12, 2009, that in the near future China will establish its first national food safety risk assessment system, to include a new national commission, a network It was reported on June 3, 2009, that the Council of Pallisa District, one of 80 districts in Uganda, will soon pass a by-law dealing with a host of issues ranging from daytime drinking, to hygiene, The opposition party in the Danish Parliament has been leading efforts to enact stricter controls on dangerous dogs. Now that the measures have support from the Social Democrats, the Socialist People's Party, and the Danish People's In order to combat bird and swine flu, on April 29, 2009, the People's Assembly of Egypt passed a law regulating the trade in live poultry. During the same session, the Parliament also ordered the executive It was reported on May 5, 2009, that as part of an effort to put an end to the rampant problem of the erection of unsafe buildings that do not meet city codes, the Governor of On April 8, 2009, President Alan Garcia Perez of Peru signed a framework law on universal health coverage. The law guarantees the full right of every individual to social security in matters of health and sets According to the Director-General of the Bureau of Medical Affairs of Taiwan's Department of Health (DOH), Shih Chung-liang, in comments made on April 15, 2009, new stem cell storage companies including new umbilical cord banks... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 29 Apr 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401251_text Global Legal Monitor: Tanzania: New Law on Human DNA http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401252_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to It was reported on March 2, 2011, that the Finnish government failed to produce a legislative proposal on restricting image advertising of alcoholic beverages. The development took place in a meeting between negotiators for the Parliamentary The European Union Directive 2011/8/EU enters into force on March 1, 2011. It contains an important provision for protecting the health of the most vulnerable group of consumer, infants, because it prohibits the manufacturing of baby The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, diagnosis, and detection of the origin and treatment of degenerative On January 24, 2011, the South African Department of Health released a proposal, the National Health Amendment Bill, which, if approved by the National Assembly, will establish an oversight body -- the Office of Health Standards The Environment Management Directorate General of Turkey announced on December 30, 2010, that effective December 31 a regulation banning the production, use, and supply of asbestos would take effect in the country. A partial ban has On November 3, 2010, China's Ministries of Health, Agriculture, and Commerce, together with other government agencies, jointly issued the Measures for Administration of Release of Food Safety Information. Food safety information includes data compiled or On December 6, 2010, the Ministry of Health Care and Social Development of the Russian Federation submitted its version of the Biomedical Cell Technologies Act to the Cabinet of Ministers for that body's approval and recommendation Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a It was reported on November 4, 2010, that a group of individuals in Nigeria living with HIV/AIDS have instituted a civil action against the Nigerian federal government for importing defective condoms; it was the use of On October 26, 2010, the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa - Agencia Nacional de Vigilandacirc;ncia Sanitandaacute;ria) issued an Administrative Act (Resoluandccedil;andatilde;o da Diretoria Colegiada RDC No. 44, de 26 de Outubro de 2010) regulating On September 23, 2010, the Finnish government announced new guidelines for the care of the dying. The new rules apply to both public and private institutions and state that a patient's wishes must be taken into It was reported on September 7, 2010, that Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki has signed into law the Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill, 2009 (the law), which seeks to dramatically shift Kenya's policy on the regulation of production, On August 26, 2010, Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, announced a plan to amend that country's laws so that the free medical facilities that are provided to all citizens will no longer be available On July 6, 2010, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) issued a decision that permits pre-implantation testing to screen for serious genetic defects (Docket No. 5 StR 386/09, http://juris.bundesgerichtshof.de/cgi-bin/rechtsprechung/document.py?Gericht=bghandamp;Art=pmandamp;Datum=2010andamp;Sort=3andamp;anz=160andamp;pos=23andamp;nr=52897andamp;linked=urtandamp;Blank=1andamp;file=dokument.pdf). The decision interprets section 1(1) On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Pharmacists Ordinance (New Version), 5741-1981, thereby extending the requirement of labeling, previously applicable to prescription medications, to over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. According to the amendment, On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the National Health Insurance Law extending coverage for dental care to all Israeli residents. The amendment authorizes the Minister of Health to recognize dental On June 7, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a comprehensive law regulating the donation of eggs to women who wish to give birth, but are otherwise unable to do so, and the use of unused On June 28, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a law authorizing the Minister of Health to issue regulations requiring the labeling of nutritional information about sugars in pre-packaged food. The further information on sugar content, On June 7, 2010, Dr. Richard Sezibera the Minister of Health, introduced a bill on banning smoking in public places to the Rwandan Parliament for floor action. (Edwin Musoni, Anti-Smoking Bill Goes to Parliament, THE NEW On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of It was reported on June 2, 2010, that six women represented by the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC), a local public-interest law firm, are suing the Namibian government for allegedly sterilizing them without their consent on account On May 19, 2010, the European Parliament approved a draft Directive on Standards of Quality and Safety of Human Organs Intended for Transplantation, initially proposed by the European Commission in August 2008. The Parliament, which adopted On May 18, 2010, the HIV Prevention and Control Bill, which seeks to control the spread of the disease and put in place safeguards to protect individuals living with HIV/AIDS, was proposed to the Ugandan Parliament The European Union is currently working on drafting new legislation to regulate online sales of medicines. The subject had been omitted from a previous Directive on counterfeit medicines proposed by the European Commission in 2008, which It was reported on May 6, 2010, that five Danish companies have recently been fined for adding a banned dye to salmon. The additive, sodium nitrite, was found by inspectors from the Danish Veterinary and Food Belgium's Law of March 31, 2010, on the Compensation for Damages Resulting from Medical Care, was published in the Moniteur Belge, Belgium's official gazette, on April 2, 2010. (Loi du 31 mars 2010 relative andagrave; l'indemnisation On March 17, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Fighting of the Phenomena of Drunkenness (Temporary Provision and Amendment) Law, 5770-2010. According to explanatory notes for the government bill, the Law was designed to address Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On November 13, 2009, China's Ministry of Health issued the Technology Management Norms for Umbilical Cord Blood Hematopoietic Stem Cell [UCBHSC] Therapy. The stated purpose of the Norms is to standardize clinical use of such therapy On October 12, 2009, the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) approved fast-tracking of a three-year plan through which Taiwan's hospitals would be able to share patients' medical records via a Department of Health (DOH) On October 13, 2009, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) extended the application of the Prohibition of Genetic Intervention (Human Cloning and Genetic Change in Multiplying Cells) Law 5759-1999 until May 23, 2016. The Law was initially applicable On October 1, 2009, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) issued a scientific opinion on the health claims made by so- called probiotic products and energy drinks that contain taurine, a substance that supposedly stimulates the "mind On October 2, 2009, the Minister of Health Care and Social Services of the Russian Federation announced a government decision to extend the ban on human cloning for another five years. This ban was introduced in Among other changes, Italy's new law on traffic offenses imposes heavier penalties for illegal acts that occur in the overnight hours, between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. (Law 94, July 15, 2009, effective Aug. 8, 2009). On August 14, 2009, in a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court of Western Australia determined that the right to refuse medical treatment includes the informed refusal of all nourishment, including liquids for hydration. (Right to Refuse On August 18, 2009, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of the People's Republic of China, together with seven other central government departments, published the Implementation Opinions on Establishing The reuse of food in restaurants in Korea has been a source of contention among consumers, the government, and restaurants. Korean cuisine features small side dishes that complement the main dish. When patrons leave amounts of On June 30, 2009, the French National Assembly adopted a draft law on the compensation of victims of French nuclear testing (Projet de loi relative andagrave; la reconnaissance et andagrave; l'indemnisation des victimes des essais nucl;aires A draft reproductive health bill currently under consideration by a committee of the Rwandan Parliament calls for forcible sterilization of the mentally disabled and includes "three particularly troublesome provisions" on HIV testing, according to a Human In 2007, the European Commission issued a Green Paper on Bio-Preparedness to initiate consultation at the European Union level between national authorities responsible for risk prevention and response, especially those engaged in public health, customs, and China's Deputy Minister of Health, Chen Xiaohong, announced on June 12, 2009, that in the near future China will establish its first national food safety risk assessment system, to include a new national commission, a network It was reported on June 3, 2009, that the Council of Pallisa District, one of 80 districts in Uganda, will soon pass a by-law dealing with a host of issues ranging from daytime drinking, to hygiene, The opposition party in the Danish Parliament has been leading efforts to enact stricter controls on dangerous dogs. Now that the measures have support from the Social Democrats, the Socialist People's Party, and the Danish People's In order to combat bird and swine flu, on April 29, 2009, the People's Assembly of Egypt passed a law regulating the trade in live poultry. During the same session, the Parliament also ordered the executive It was reported on May 5, 2009, that as part of an effort to put an end to the rampant problem of the erection of unsafe buildings that do not meet city codes, the Governor of On April 8, 2009, President Alan Garcia Perez of Peru signed a framework law on universal health coverage. The law guarantees the full right of every individual to social security in matters of health and sets According to the Director-General of the Bureau of Medical Affairs of Taiwan's Department of Health (DOH), Shih Chung-liang, in comments made on April 15, 2009, new stem cell storage companies including new umbilical cord banks Tanzania's National Assembly passed a bill on April 22, 2009, that will make it possible to administer and regulate application of DNA technology in the country. According to David Msakyusa, the Minister for Health and Social... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 29 Apr 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401252_text Global Legal Monitor: Uganda: Law on Traditional Medicine http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401230_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to It was reported on March 2, 2011, that the Finnish government failed to produce a legislative proposal on restricting image advertising of alcoholic beverages. The development took place in a meeting between negotiators for the Parliamentary The European Union Directive 2011/8/EU enters into force on March 1, 2011. It contains an important provision for protecting the health of the most vulnerable group of consumer, infants, because it prohibits the manufacturing of baby The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, diagnosis, and detection of the origin and treatment of degenerative On January 24, 2011, the South African Department of Health released a proposal, the National Health Amendment Bill, which, if approved by the National Assembly, will establish an oversight body -- the Office of Health Standards The Environment Management Directorate General of Turkey announced on December 30, 2010, that effective December 31 a regulation banning the production, use, and supply of asbestos would take effect in the country. A partial ban has On November 3, 2010, China's Ministries of Health, Agriculture, and Commerce, together with other government agencies, jointly issued the Measures for Administration of Release of Food Safety Information. Food safety information includes data compiled or On December 6, 2010, the Ministry of Health Care and Social Development of the Russian Federation submitted its version of the Biomedical Cell Technologies Act to the Cabinet of Ministers for that body's approval and recommendation Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a It was reported on November 4, 2010, that a group of individuals in Nigeria living with HIV/AIDS have instituted a civil action against the Nigerian federal government for importing defective condoms; it was the use of On October 26, 2010, the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa - Agencia Nacional de Vigilandacirc;ncia Sanitandaacute;ria) issued an Administrative Act (Resoluandccedil;andatilde;o da Diretoria Colegiada RDC No. 44, de 26 de Outubro de 2010) regulating On September 23, 2010, the Finnish government announced new guidelines for the care of the dying. The new rules apply to both public and private institutions and state that a patient's wishes must be taken into It was reported on September 7, 2010, that Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki has signed into law the Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill, 2009 (the law), which seeks to dramatically shift Kenya's policy on the regulation of production, On August 26, 2010, Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, announced a plan to amend that country's laws so that the free medical facilities that are provided to all citizens will no longer be available On July 6, 2010, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) issued a decision that permits pre-implantation testing to screen for serious genetic defects (Docket No. 5 StR 386/09, http://juris.bundesgerichtshof.de/cgi-bin/rechtsprechung/document.py?Gericht=bghandamp;Art=pmandamp;Datum=2010andamp;Sort=3andamp;anz=160andamp;pos=23andamp;nr=52897andamp;linked=urtandamp;Blank=1andamp;file=dokument.pdf). The decision interprets section 1(1) On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Pharmacists Ordinance (New Version), 5741-1981, thereby extending the requirement of labeling, previously applicable to prescription medications, to over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. According to the amendment, On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the National Health Insurance Law extending coverage for dental care to all Israeli residents. The amendment authorizes the Minister of Health to recognize dental On June 7, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a comprehensive law regulating the donation of eggs to women who wish to give birth, but are otherwise unable to do so, and the use of unused On June 28, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a law authorizing the Minister of Health to issue regulations requiring the labeling of nutritional information about sugars in pre-packaged food. The further information on sugar content, On June 7, 2010, Dr. Richard Sezibera the Minister of Health, introduced a bill on banning smoking in public places to the Rwandan Parliament for floor action. (Edwin Musoni, Anti-Smoking Bill Goes to Parliament, THE NEW On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of It was reported on June 2, 2010, that six women represented by the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC), a local public-interest law firm, are suing the Namibian government for allegedly sterilizing them without their consent on account On May 19, 2010, the European Parliament approved a draft Directive on Standards of Quality and Safety of Human Organs Intended for Transplantation, initially proposed by the European Commission in August 2008. The Parliament, which adopted On May 18, 2010, the HIV Prevention and Control Bill, which seeks to control the spread of the disease and put in place safeguards to protect individuals living with HIV/AIDS, was proposed to the Ugandan Parliament The European Union is currently working on drafting new legislation to regulate online sales of medicines. The subject had been omitted from a previous Directive on counterfeit medicines proposed by the European Commission in 2008, which It was reported on May 6, 2010, that five Danish companies have recently been fined for adding a banned dye to salmon. The additive, sodium nitrite, was found by inspectors from the Danish Veterinary and Food Belgium's Law of March 31, 2010, on the Compensation for Damages Resulting from Medical Care, was published in the Moniteur Belge, Belgium's official gazette, on April 2, 2010. (Loi du 31 mars 2010 relative andagrave; l'indemnisation On March 17, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Fighting of the Phenomena of Drunkenness (Temporary Provision and Amendment) Law, 5770-2010. According to explanatory notes for the government bill, the Law was designed to address Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On November 13, 2009, China's Ministry of Health issued the Technology Management Norms for Umbilical Cord Blood Hematopoietic Stem Cell [UCBHSC] Therapy. The stated purpose of the Norms is to standardize clinical use of such therapy On October 12, 2009, the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) approved fast-tracking of a three-year plan through which Taiwan's hospitals would be able to share patients' medical records via a Department of Health (DOH) On October 13, 2009, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) extended the application of the Prohibition of Genetic Intervention (Human Cloning and Genetic Change in Multiplying Cells) Law 5759-1999 until May 23, 2016. The Law was initially applicable On October 1, 2009, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) issued a scientific opinion on the health claims made by so- called probiotic products and energy drinks that contain taurine, a substance that supposedly stimulates the "mind On October 2, 2009, the Minister of Health Care and Social Services of the Russian Federation announced a government decision to extend the ban on human cloning for another five years. This ban was introduced in Among other changes, Italy's new law on traffic offenses imposes heavier penalties for illegal acts that occur in the overnight hours, between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. (Law 94, July 15, 2009, effective Aug. 8, 2009). On August 14, 2009, in a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court of Western Australia determined that the right to refuse medical treatment includes the informed refusal of all nourishment, including liquids for hydration. (Right to Refuse On August 18, 2009, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of the People's Republic of China, together with seven other central government departments, published the Implementation Opinions on Establishing The reuse of food in restaurants in Korea has been a source of contention among consumers, the government, and restaurants. Korean cuisine features small side dishes that complement the main dish. When patrons leave amounts of On June 30, 2009, the French National Assembly adopted a draft law on the compensation of victims of French nuclear testing (Projet de loi relative andagrave; la reconnaissance et andagrave; l'indemnisation des victimes des essais nucl;aires A draft reproductive health bill currently under consideration by a committee of the Rwandan Parliament calls for forcible sterilization of the mentally disabled and includes "three particularly troublesome provisions" on HIV testing, according to a Human In 2007, the European Commission issued a Green Paper on Bio-Preparedness to initiate consultation at the European Union level between national authorities responsible for risk prevention and response, especially those engaged in public health, customs, and China's Deputy Minister of Health, Chen Xiaohong, announced on June 12, 2009, that in the near future China will establish its first national food safety risk assessment system, to include a new national commission, a network It was reported on June 3, 2009, that the Council of Pallisa District, one of 80 districts in Uganda, will soon pass a by-law dealing with a host of issues ranging from daytime drinking, to hygiene, The opposition party in the Danish Parliament has been leading efforts to enact stricter controls on dangerous dogs. Now that the measures have support from the Social Democrats, the Socialist People's Party, and the Danish People's In order to combat bird and swine flu, on April 29, 2009, the People's Assembly of Egypt passed a law regulating the trade in live poultry. During the same session, the Parliament also ordered the executive It was reported on May 5, 2009, that as part of an effort to put an end to the rampant problem of the erection of unsafe buildings that do not meet city codes, the Governor of On April 8, 2009, President Alan Garcia Perez of Peru signed a framework law on universal health coverage. The law guarantees the full right of every individual to social security in matters of health and sets According to the Director-General of the Bureau of Medical Affairs of Taiwan's Department of Health (DOH), Shih Chung-liang, in comments made on April 15, 2009, new stem cell storage companies including new umbilical cord banks Tanzania's National Assembly passed a bill on April 22, 2009, that will make it possible to administer and regulate application of DNA technology in the country. According to David Msakyusa, the Minister for Health and Social It was reported on April 13, 2009, that the Ugandan Parliament passed a motion asking the government to promulgate a law regulating traditional healers and their practices. Christopher Kibazanga, the representative who put forward the motion,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 21 Apr 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401230_text Global Legal Monitor: Italy: Prosecutors Investigate Quake Damage with a View to Charges http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401229_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to It was reported on March 2, 2011, that the Finnish government failed to produce a legislative proposal on restricting image advertising of alcoholic beverages. The development took place in a meeting between negotiators for the Parliamentary The European Union Directive 2011/8/EU enters into force on March 1, 2011. It contains an important provision for protecting the health of the most vulnerable group of consumer, infants, because it prohibits the manufacturing of baby The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, diagnosis, and detection of the origin and treatment of degenerative On January 24, 2011, the South African Department of Health released a proposal, the National Health Amendment Bill, which, if approved by the National Assembly, will establish an oversight body -- the Office of Health Standards The Environment Management Directorate General of Turkey announced on December 30, 2010, that effective December 31 a regulation banning the production, use, and supply of asbestos would take effect in the country. A partial ban has On November 3, 2010, China's Ministries of Health, Agriculture, and Commerce, together with other government agencies, jointly issued the Measures for Administration of Release of Food Safety Information. Food safety information includes data compiled or On December 6, 2010, the Ministry of Health Care and Social Development of the Russian Federation submitted its version of the Biomedical Cell Technologies Act to the Cabinet of Ministers for that body's approval and recommendation Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a It was reported on November 4, 2010, that a group of individuals in Nigeria living with HIV/AIDS have instituted a civil action against the Nigerian federal government for importing defective condoms; it was the use of On October 26, 2010, the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa - Agencia Nacional de Vigilandacirc;ncia Sanitandaacute;ria) issued an Administrative Act (Resoluandccedil;andatilde;o da Diretoria Colegiada RDC No. 44, de 26 de Outubro de 2010) regulating On September 23, 2010, the Finnish government announced new guidelines for the care of the dying. The new rules apply to both public and private institutions and state that a patient's wishes must be taken into It was reported on September 7, 2010, that Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki has signed into law the Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill, 2009 (the law), which seeks to dramatically shift Kenya's policy on the regulation of production, On August 26, 2010, Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, announced a plan to amend that country's laws so that the free medical facilities that are provided to all citizens will no longer be available On July 6, 2010, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) issued a decision that permits pre-implantation testing to screen for serious genetic defects (Docket No. 5 StR 386/09, http://juris.bundesgerichtshof.de/cgi-bin/rechtsprechung/document.py?Gericht=bghandamp;Art=pmandamp;Datum=2010andamp;Sort=3andamp;anz=160andamp;pos=23andamp;nr=52897andamp;linked=urtandamp;Blank=1andamp;file=dokument.pdf). The decision interprets section 1(1) On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Pharmacists Ordinance (New Version), 5741-1981, thereby extending the requirement of labeling, previously applicable to prescription medications, to over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. According to the amendment, On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the National Health Insurance Law extending coverage for dental care to all Israeli residents. The amendment authorizes the Minister of Health to recognize dental On June 7, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a comprehensive law regulating the donation of eggs to women who wish to give birth, but are otherwise unable to do so, and the use of unused On June 28, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a law authorizing the Minister of Health to issue regulations requiring the labeling of nutritional information about sugars in pre-packaged food. The further information on sugar content, On June 7, 2010, Dr. Richard Sezibera the Minister of Health, introduced a bill on banning smoking in public places to the Rwandan Parliament for floor action. (Edwin Musoni, Anti-Smoking Bill Goes to Parliament, THE NEW On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of It was reported on June 2, 2010, that six women represented by the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC), a local public-interest law firm, are suing the Namibian government for allegedly sterilizing them without their consent on account On May 19, 2010, the European Parliament approved a draft Directive on Standards of Quality and Safety of Human Organs Intended for Transplantation, initially proposed by the European Commission in August 2008. The Parliament, which adopted On May 18, 2010, the HIV Prevention and Control Bill, which seeks to control the spread of the disease and put in place safeguards to protect individuals living with HIV/AIDS, was proposed to the Ugandan Parliament The European Union is currently working on drafting new legislation to regulate online sales of medicines. The subject had been omitted from a previous Directive on counterfeit medicines proposed by the European Commission in 2008, which It was reported on May 6, 2010, that five Danish companies have recently been fined for adding a banned dye to salmon. The additive, sodium nitrite, was found by inspectors from the Danish Veterinary and Food Belgium's Law of March 31, 2010, on the Compensation for Damages Resulting from Medical Care, was published in the Moniteur Belge, Belgium's official gazette, on April 2, 2010. (Loi du 31 mars 2010 relative andagrave; l'indemnisation On March 17, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Fighting of the Phenomena of Drunkenness (Temporary Provision and Amendment) Law, 5770-2010. According to explanatory notes for the government bill, the Law was designed to address Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On November 13, 2009, China's Ministry of Health issued the Technology Management Norms for Umbilical Cord Blood Hematopoietic Stem Cell [UCBHSC] Therapy. The stated purpose of the Norms is to standardize clinical use of such therapy On October 12, 2009, the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) approved fast-tracking of a three-year plan through which Taiwan's hospitals would be able to share patients' medical records via a Department of Health (DOH) On October 13, 2009, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) extended the application of the Prohibition of Genetic Intervention (Human Cloning and Genetic Change in Multiplying Cells) Law 5759-1999 until May 23, 2016. The Law was initially applicable On October 1, 2009, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) issued a scientific opinion on the health claims made by so- called probiotic products and energy drinks that contain taurine, a substance that supposedly stimulates the "mind On October 2, 2009, the Minister of Health Care and Social Services of the Russian Federation announced a government decision to extend the ban on human cloning for another five years. This ban was introduced in Among other changes, Italy's new law on traffic offenses imposes heavier penalties for illegal acts that occur in the overnight hours, between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. (Law 94, July 15, 2009, effective Aug. 8, 2009). On August 14, 2009, in a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court of Western Australia determined that the right to refuse medical treatment includes the informed refusal of all nourishment, including liquids for hydration. (Right to Refuse On August 18, 2009, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of the People's Republic of China, together with seven other central government departments, published the Implementation Opinions on Establishing The reuse of food in restaurants in Korea has been a source of contention among consumers, the government, and restaurants. Korean cuisine features small side dishes that complement the main dish. When patrons leave amounts of On June 30, 2009, the French National Assembly adopted a draft law on the compensation of victims of French nuclear testing (Projet de loi relative andagrave; la reconnaissance et andagrave; l'indemnisation des victimes des essais nucl;aires A draft reproductive health bill currently under consideration by a committee of the Rwandan Parliament calls for forcible sterilization of the mentally disabled and includes "three particularly troublesome provisions" on HIV testing, according to a Human In 2007, the European Commission issued a Green Paper on Bio-Preparedness to initiate consultation at the European Union level between national authorities responsible for risk prevention and response, especially those engaged in public health, customs, and China's Deputy Minister of Health, Chen Xiaohong, announced on June 12, 2009, that in the near future China will establish its first national food safety risk assessment system, to include a new national commission, a network It was reported on June 3, 2009, that the Council of Pallisa District, one of 80 districts in Uganda, will soon pass a by-law dealing with a host of issues ranging from daytime drinking, to hygiene, The opposition party in the Danish Parliament has been leading efforts to enact stricter controls on dangerous dogs. Now that the measures have support from the Social Democrats, the Socialist People's Party, and the Danish People's In order to combat bird and swine flu, on April 29, 2009, the People's Assembly of Egypt passed a law regulating the trade in live poultry. During the same session, the Parliament also ordered the executive It was reported on May 5, 2009, that as part of an effort to put an end to the rampant problem of the erection of unsafe buildings that do not meet city codes, the Governor of On April 8, 2009, President Alan Garcia Perez of Peru signed a framework law on universal health coverage. The law guarantees the full right of every individual to social security in matters of health and sets According to the Director-General of the Bureau of Medical Affairs of Taiwan's Department of Health (DOH), Shih Chung-liang, in comments made on April 15, 2009, new stem cell storage companies including new umbilical cord banks Tanzania's National Assembly passed a bill on April 22, 2009, that will make it possible to administer and regulate application of DNA technology in the country. According to David Msakyusa, the Minister for Health and Social It was reported on April 13, 2009, that the Ugandan Parliament passed a motion asking the government to promulgate a law regulating traditional healers and their practices. Christopher Kibazanga, the representative who put forward the motion, The Public Prosecutor's Office in Italy has begun investigation into the damage that resulted from the April 2009 earthquake, in which nearly 300 people died and there was a great deal of damage to structures. The... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 16 Apr 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401229_text Global Legal Monitor: Singapore: Human Organ Transplant Act Amended http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401221_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to It was reported on March 2, 2011, that the Finnish government failed to produce a legislative proposal on restricting image advertising of alcoholic beverages. The development took place in a meeting between negotiators for the Parliamentary The European Union Directive 2011/8/EU enters into force on March 1, 2011. It contains an important provision for protecting the health of the most vulnerable group of consumer, infants, because it prohibits the manufacturing of baby The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, diagnosis, and detection of the origin and treatment of degenerative On January 24, 2011, the South African Department of Health released a proposal, the National Health Amendment Bill, which, if approved by the National Assembly, will establish an oversight body -- the Office of Health Standards The Environment Management Directorate General of Turkey announced on December 30, 2010, that effective December 31 a regulation banning the production, use, and supply of asbestos would take effect in the country. A partial ban has On November 3, 2010, China's Ministries of Health, Agriculture, and Commerce, together with other government agencies, jointly issued the Measures for Administration of Release of Food Safety Information. Food safety information includes data compiled or On December 6, 2010, the Ministry of Health Care and Social Development of the Russian Federation submitted its version of the Biomedical Cell Technologies Act to the Cabinet of Ministers for that body's approval and recommendation Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a It was reported on November 4, 2010, that a group of individuals in Nigeria living with HIV/AIDS have instituted a civil action against the Nigerian federal government for importing defective condoms; it was the use of On October 26, 2010, the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa - Agencia Nacional de Vigilandacirc;ncia Sanitandaacute;ria) issued an Administrative Act (Resoluandccedil;andatilde;o da Diretoria Colegiada RDC No. 44, de 26 de Outubro de 2010) regulating On September 23, 2010, the Finnish government announced new guidelines for the care of the dying. The new rules apply to both public and private institutions and state that a patient's wishes must be taken into It was reported on September 7, 2010, that Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki has signed into law the Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill, 2009 (the law), which seeks to dramatically shift Kenya's policy on the regulation of production, On August 26, 2010, Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, announced a plan to amend that country's laws so that the free medical facilities that are provided to all citizens will no longer be available On July 6, 2010, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) issued a decision that permits pre-implantation testing to screen for serious genetic defects (Docket No. 5 StR 386/09, http://juris.bundesgerichtshof.de/cgi-bin/rechtsprechung/document.py?Gericht=bghandamp;Art=pmandamp;Datum=2010andamp;Sort=3andamp;anz=160andamp;pos=23andamp;nr=52897andamp;linked=urtandamp;Blank=1andamp;file=dokument.pdf). The decision interprets section 1(1) On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Pharmacists Ordinance (New Version), 5741-1981, thereby extending the requirement of labeling, previously applicable to prescription medications, to over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. According to the amendment, On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the National Health Insurance Law extending coverage for dental care to all Israeli residents. The amendment authorizes the Minister of Health to recognize dental On June 7, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a comprehensive law regulating the donation of eggs to women who wish to give birth, but are otherwise unable to do so, and the use of unused On June 28, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a law authorizing the Minister of Health to issue regulations requiring the labeling of nutritional information about sugars in pre-packaged food. The further information on sugar content, On June 7, 2010, Dr. Richard Sezibera the Minister of Health, introduced a bill on banning smoking in public places to the Rwandan Parliament for floor action. (Edwin Musoni, Anti-Smoking Bill Goes to Parliament, THE NEW On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of It was reported on June 2, 2010, that six women represented by the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC), a local public-interest law firm, are suing the Namibian government for allegedly sterilizing them without their consent on account On May 19, 2010, the European Parliament approved a draft Directive on Standards of Quality and Safety of Human Organs Intended for Transplantation, initially proposed by the European Commission in August 2008. The Parliament, which adopted On May 18, 2010, the HIV Prevention and Control Bill, which seeks to control the spread of the disease and put in place safeguards to protect individuals living with HIV/AIDS, was proposed to the Ugandan Parliament The European Union is currently working on drafting new legislation to regulate online sales of medicines. The subject had been omitted from a previous Directive on counterfeit medicines proposed by the European Commission in 2008, which It was reported on May 6, 2010, that five Danish companies have recently been fined for adding a banned dye to salmon. The additive, sodium nitrite, was found by inspectors from the Danish Veterinary and Food Belgium's Law of March 31, 2010, on the Compensation for Damages Resulting from Medical Care, was published in the Moniteur Belge, Belgium's official gazette, on April 2, 2010. (Loi du 31 mars 2010 relative andagrave; l'indemnisation On March 17, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Fighting of the Phenomena of Drunkenness (Temporary Provision and Amendment) Law, 5770-2010. According to explanatory notes for the government bill, the Law was designed to address Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On November 13, 2009, China's Ministry of Health issued the Technology Management Norms for Umbilical Cord Blood Hematopoietic Stem Cell [UCBHSC] Therapy. The stated purpose of the Norms is to standardize clinical use of such therapy On October 12, 2009, the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) approved fast-tracking of a three-year plan through which Taiwan's hospitals would be able to share patients' medical records via a Department of Health (DOH) On October 13, 2009, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) extended the application of the Prohibition of Genetic Intervention (Human Cloning and Genetic Change in Multiplying Cells) Law 5759-1999 until May 23, 2016. The Law was initially applicable On October 1, 2009, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) issued a scientific opinion on the health claims made by so- called probiotic products and energy drinks that contain taurine, a substance that supposedly stimulates the "mind On October 2, 2009, the Minister of Health Care and Social Services of the Russian Federation announced a government decision to extend the ban on human cloning for another five years. This ban was introduced in Among other changes, Italy's new law on traffic offenses imposes heavier penalties for illegal acts that occur in the overnight hours, between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. (Law 94, July 15, 2009, effective Aug. 8, 2009). On August 14, 2009, in a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court of Western Australia determined that the right to refuse medical treatment includes the informed refusal of all nourishment, including liquids for hydration. (Right to Refuse On August 18, 2009, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of the People's Republic of China, together with seven other central government departments, published the Implementation Opinions on Establishing The reuse of food in restaurants in Korea has been a source of contention among consumers, the government, and restaurants. Korean cuisine features small side dishes that complement the main dish. When patrons leave amounts of On June 30, 2009, the French National Assembly adopted a draft law on the compensation of victims of French nuclear testing (Projet de loi relative andagrave; la reconnaissance et andagrave; l'indemnisation des victimes des essais nucl;aires A draft reproductive health bill currently under consideration by a committee of the Rwandan Parliament calls for forcible sterilization of the mentally disabled and includes "three particularly troublesome provisions" on HIV testing, according to a Human In 2007, the European Commission issued a Green Paper on Bio-Preparedness to initiate consultation at the European Union level between national authorities responsible for risk prevention and response, especially those engaged in public health, customs, and China's Deputy Minister of Health, Chen Xiaohong, announced on June 12, 2009, that in the near future China will establish its first national food safety risk assessment system, to include a new national commission, a network It was reported on June 3, 2009, that the Council of Pallisa District, one of 80 districts in Uganda, will soon pass a by-law dealing with a host of issues ranging from daytime drinking, to hygiene, The opposition party in the Danish Parliament has been leading efforts to enact stricter controls on dangerous dogs. Now that the measures have support from the Social Democrats, the Socialist People's Party, and the Danish People's In order to combat bird and swine flu, on April 29, 2009, the People's Assembly of Egypt passed a law regulating the trade in live poultry. During the same session, the Parliament also ordered the executive It was reported on May 5, 2009, that as part of an effort to put an end to the rampant problem of the erection of unsafe buildings that do not meet city codes, the Governor of On April 8, 2009, President Alan Garcia Perez of Peru signed a framework law on universal health coverage. The law guarantees the full right of every individual to social security in matters of health and sets According to the Director-General of the Bureau of Medical Affairs of Taiwan's Department of Health (DOH), Shih Chung-liang, in comments made on April 15, 2009, new stem cell storage companies including new umbilical cord banks Tanzania's National Assembly passed a bill on April 22, 2009, that will make it possible to administer and regulate application of DNA technology in the country. According to David Msakyusa, the Minister for Health and Social It was reported on April 13, 2009, that the Ugandan Parliament passed a motion asking the government to promulgate a law regulating traditional healers and their practices. Christopher Kibazanga, the representative who put forward the motion, The Public Prosecutor's Office in Italy has begun investigation into the damage that resulted from the April 2009 earthquake, in which nearly 300 people died and there was a great deal of damage to structures. The On March 24, 2009, Singapore's Parliament adopted a controversial amendment to the Human Organ Transplant Law that will permit reimbursement for altruistic living organ donations. The United States and the United Kingdom, among other countries, already... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 15 Apr 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401221_text Global Legal Monitor: Nepal: Draft Amendment to Human Organ Transplant Act Broadens Scope of Donors http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401220_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to It was reported on March 2, 2011, that the Finnish government failed to produce a legislative proposal on restricting image advertising of alcoholic beverages. The development took place in a meeting between negotiators for the Parliamentary The European Union Directive 2011/8/EU enters into force on March 1, 2011. It contains an important provision for protecting the health of the most vulnerable group of consumer, infants, because it prohibits the manufacturing of baby The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, diagnosis, and detection of the origin and treatment of degenerative On January 24, 2011, the South African Department of Health released a proposal, the National Health Amendment Bill, which, if approved by the National Assembly, will establish an oversight body -- the Office of Health Standards The Environment Management Directorate General of Turkey announced on December 30, 2010, that effective December 31 a regulation banning the production, use, and supply of asbestos would take effect in the country. A partial ban has On November 3, 2010, China's Ministries of Health, Agriculture, and Commerce, together with other government agencies, jointly issued the Measures for Administration of Release of Food Safety Information. Food safety information includes data compiled or On December 6, 2010, the Ministry of Health Care and Social Development of the Russian Federation submitted its version of the Biomedical Cell Technologies Act to the Cabinet of Ministers for that body's approval and recommendation Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a It was reported on November 4, 2010, that a group of individuals in Nigeria living with HIV/AIDS have instituted a civil action against the Nigerian federal government for importing defective condoms; it was the use of On October 26, 2010, the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa - Agencia Nacional de Vigilandacirc;ncia Sanitandaacute;ria) issued an Administrative Act (Resoluandccedil;andatilde;o da Diretoria Colegiada RDC No. 44, de 26 de Outubro de 2010) regulating On September 23, 2010, the Finnish government announced new guidelines for the care of the dying. The new rules apply to both public and private institutions and state that a patient's wishes must be taken into It was reported on September 7, 2010, that Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki has signed into law the Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill, 2009 (the law), which seeks to dramatically shift Kenya's policy on the regulation of production, On August 26, 2010, Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, announced a plan to amend that country's laws so that the free medical facilities that are provided to all citizens will no longer be available On July 6, 2010, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) issued a decision that permits pre-implantation testing to screen for serious genetic defects (Docket No. 5 StR 386/09, http://juris.bundesgerichtshof.de/cgi-bin/rechtsprechung/document.py?Gericht=bghandamp;Art=pmandamp;Datum=2010andamp;Sort=3andamp;anz=160andamp;pos=23andamp;nr=52897andamp;linked=urtandamp;Blank=1andamp;file=dokument.pdf). The decision interprets section 1(1) On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Pharmacists Ordinance (New Version), 5741-1981, thereby extending the requirement of labeling, previously applicable to prescription medications, to over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. According to the amendment, On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the National Health Insurance Law extending coverage for dental care to all Israeli residents. The amendment authorizes the Minister of Health to recognize dental On June 7, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a comprehensive law regulating the donation of eggs to women who wish to give birth, but are otherwise unable to do so, and the use of unused On June 28, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a law authorizing the Minister of Health to issue regulations requiring the labeling of nutritional information about sugars in pre-packaged food. The further information on sugar content, On June 7, 2010, Dr. Richard Sezibera the Minister of Health, introduced a bill on banning smoking in public places to the Rwandan Parliament for floor action. (Edwin Musoni, Anti-Smoking Bill Goes to Parliament, THE NEW On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of It was reported on June 2, 2010, that six women represented by the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC), a local public-interest law firm, are suing the Namibian government for allegedly sterilizing them without their consent on account On May 19, 2010, the European Parliament approved a draft Directive on Standards of Quality and Safety of Human Organs Intended for Transplantation, initially proposed by the European Commission in August 2008. The Parliament, which adopted On May 18, 2010, the HIV Prevention and Control Bill, which seeks to control the spread of the disease and put in place safeguards to protect individuals living with HIV/AIDS, was proposed to the Ugandan Parliament The European Union is currently working on drafting new legislation to regulate online sales of medicines. The subject had been omitted from a previous Directive on counterfeit medicines proposed by the European Commission in 2008, which It was reported on May 6, 2010, that five Danish companies have recently been fined for adding a banned dye to salmon. The additive, sodium nitrite, was found by inspectors from the Danish Veterinary and Food Belgium's Law of March 31, 2010, on the Compensation for Damages Resulting from Medical Care, was published in the Moniteur Belge, Belgium's official gazette, on April 2, 2010. (Loi du 31 mars 2010 relative andagrave; l'indemnisation On March 17, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Fighting of the Phenomena of Drunkenness (Temporary Provision and Amendment) Law, 5770-2010. According to explanatory notes for the government bill, the Law was designed to address Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On November 13, 2009, China's Ministry of Health issued the Technology Management Norms for Umbilical Cord Blood Hematopoietic Stem Cell [UCBHSC] Therapy. The stated purpose of the Norms is to standardize clinical use of such therapy On October 12, 2009, the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) approved fast-tracking of a three-year plan through which Taiwan's hospitals would be able to share patients' medical records via a Department of Health (DOH) On October 13, 2009, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) extended the application of the Prohibition of Genetic Intervention (Human Cloning and Genetic Change in Multiplying Cells) Law 5759-1999 until May 23, 2016. The Law was initially applicable On October 1, 2009, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) issued a scientific opinion on the health claims made by so- called probiotic products and energy drinks that contain taurine, a substance that supposedly stimulates the "mind On October 2, 2009, the Minister of Health Care and Social Services of the Russian Federation announced a government decision to extend the ban on human cloning for another five years. This ban was introduced in Among other changes, Italy's new law on traffic offenses imposes heavier penalties for illegal acts that occur in the overnight hours, between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. (Law 94, July 15, 2009, effective Aug. 8, 2009). On August 14, 2009, in a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court of Western Australia determined that the right to refuse medical treatment includes the informed refusal of all nourishment, including liquids for hydration. (Right to Refuse On August 18, 2009, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of the People's Republic of China, together with seven other central government departments, published the Implementation Opinions on Establishing The reuse of food in restaurants in Korea has been a source of contention among consumers, the government, and restaurants. Korean cuisine features small side dishes that complement the main dish. When patrons leave amounts of On June 30, 2009, the French National Assembly adopted a draft law on the compensation of victims of French nuclear testing (Projet de loi relative andagrave; la reconnaissance et andagrave; l'indemnisation des victimes des essais nucl;aires A draft reproductive health bill currently under consideration by a committee of the Rwandan Parliament calls for forcible sterilization of the mentally disabled and includes "three particularly troublesome provisions" on HIV testing, according to a Human In 2007, the European Commission issued a Green Paper on Bio-Preparedness to initiate consultation at the European Union level between national authorities responsible for risk prevention and response, especially those engaged in public health, customs, and China's Deputy Minister of Health, Chen Xiaohong, announced on June 12, 2009, that in the near future China will establish its first national food safety risk assessment system, to include a new national commission, a network It was reported on June 3, 2009, that the Council of Pallisa District, one of 80 districts in Uganda, will soon pass a by-law dealing with a host of issues ranging from daytime drinking, to hygiene, The opposition party in the Danish Parliament has been leading efforts to enact stricter controls on dangerous dogs. Now that the measures have support from the Social Democrats, the Socialist People's Party, and the Danish People's In order to combat bird and swine flu, on April 29, 2009, the People's Assembly of Egypt passed a law regulating the trade in live poultry. During the same session, the Parliament also ordered the executive It was reported on May 5, 2009, that as part of an effort to put an end to the rampant problem of the erection of unsafe buildings that do not meet city codes, the Governor of On April 8, 2009, President Alan Garcia Perez of Peru signed a framework law on universal health coverage. The law guarantees the full right of every individual to social security in matters of health and sets According to the Director-General of the Bureau of Medical Affairs of Taiwan's Department of Health (DOH), Shih Chung-liang, in comments made on April 15, 2009, new stem cell storage companies including new umbilical cord banks Tanzania's National Assembly passed a bill on April 22, 2009, that will make it possible to administer and regulate application of DNA technology in the country. According to David Msakyusa, the Minister for Health and Social It was reported on April 13, 2009, that the Ugandan Parliament passed a motion asking the government to promulgate a law regulating traditional healers and their practices. Christopher Kibazanga, the representative who put forward the motion, The Public Prosecutor's Office in Italy has begun investigation into the damage that resulted from the April 2009 earthquake, in which nearly 300 people died and there was a great deal of damage to structures. The On March 24, 2009, Singapore's Parliament adopted a controversial amendment to the Human Organ Transplant Law that will permit reimbursement for altruistic living organ donations. The United States and the United Kingdom, among other countries, already The Cabinet of Nepal recently approved a bill to broaden the scope of potential kidney donors. The current Human Organ Transplant Act 1998, in order to control open trading in kidneys, limits potential donors to immediate... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 15 Apr 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401220_text Global Legal Monitor: Nigeria: Anti-Tobacco Bill http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401197_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to It was reported on March 2, 2011, that the Finnish government failed to produce a legislative proposal on restricting image advertising of alcoholic beverages. The development took place in a meeting between negotiators for the Parliamentary The European Union Directive 2011/8/EU enters into force on March 1, 2011. It contains an important provision for protecting the health of the most vulnerable group of consumer, infants, because it prohibits the manufacturing of baby The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, diagnosis, and detection of the origin and treatment of degenerative On January 24, 2011, the South African Department of Health released a proposal, the National Health Amendment Bill, which, if approved by the National Assembly, will establish an oversight body -- the Office of Health Standards The Environment Management Directorate General of Turkey announced on December 30, 2010, that effective December 31 a regulation banning the production, use, and supply of asbestos would take effect in the country. A partial ban has On November 3, 2010, China's Ministries of Health, Agriculture, and Commerce, together with other government agencies, jointly issued the Measures for Administration of Release of Food Safety Information. Food safety information includes data compiled or On December 6, 2010, the Ministry of Health Care and Social Development of the Russian Federation submitted its version of the Biomedical Cell Technologies Act to the Cabinet of Ministers for that body's approval and recommendation Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a It was reported on November 4, 2010, that a group of individuals in Nigeria living with HIV/AIDS have instituted a civil action against the Nigerian federal government for importing defective condoms; it was the use of On October 26, 2010, the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa - Agencia Nacional de Vigilandacirc;ncia Sanitandaacute;ria) issued an Administrative Act (Resoluandccedil;andatilde;o da Diretoria Colegiada RDC No. 44, de 26 de Outubro de 2010) regulating On September 23, 2010, the Finnish government announced new guidelines for the care of the dying. The new rules apply to both public and private institutions and state that a patient's wishes must be taken into It was reported on September 7, 2010, that Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki has signed into law the Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill, 2009 (the law), which seeks to dramatically shift Kenya's policy on the regulation of production, On August 26, 2010, Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, announced a plan to amend that country's laws so that the free medical facilities that are provided to all citizens will no longer be available On July 6, 2010, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) issued a decision that permits pre-implantation testing to screen for serious genetic defects (Docket No. 5 StR 386/09, http://juris.bundesgerichtshof.de/cgi-bin/rechtsprechung/document.py?Gericht=bghandamp;Art=pmandamp;Datum=2010andamp;Sort=3andamp;anz=160andamp;pos=23andamp;nr=52897andamp;linked=urtandamp;Blank=1andamp;file=dokument.pdf). The decision interprets section 1(1) On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Pharmacists Ordinance (New Version), 5741-1981, thereby extending the requirement of labeling, previously applicable to prescription medications, to over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. According to the amendment, On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the National Health Insurance Law extending coverage for dental care to all Israeli residents. The amendment authorizes the Minister of Health to recognize dental On June 7, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a comprehensive law regulating the donation of eggs to women who wish to give birth, but are otherwise unable to do so, and the use of unused On June 28, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a law authorizing the Minister of Health to issue regulations requiring the labeling of nutritional information about sugars in pre-packaged food. The further information on sugar content, On June 7, 2010, Dr. Richard Sezibera the Minister of Health, introduced a bill on banning smoking in public places to the Rwandan Parliament for floor action. (Edwin Musoni, Anti-Smoking Bill Goes to Parliament, THE NEW On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of It was reported on June 2, 2010, that six women represented by the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC), a local public-interest law firm, are suing the Namibian government for allegedly sterilizing them without their consent on account On May 19, 2010, the European Parliament approved a draft Directive on Standards of Quality and Safety of Human Organs Intended for Transplantation, initially proposed by the European Commission in August 2008. The Parliament, which adopted On May 18, 2010, the HIV Prevention and Control Bill, which seeks to control the spread of the disease and put in place safeguards to protect individuals living with HIV/AIDS, was proposed to the Ugandan Parliament The European Union is currently working on drafting new legislation to regulate online sales of medicines. The subject had been omitted from a previous Directive on counterfeit medicines proposed by the European Commission in 2008, which It was reported on May 6, 2010, that five Danish companies have recently been fined for adding a banned dye to salmon. The additive, sodium nitrite, was found by inspectors from the Danish Veterinary and Food Belgium's Law of March 31, 2010, on the Compensation for Damages Resulting from Medical Care, was published in the Moniteur Belge, Belgium's official gazette, on April 2, 2010. (Loi du 31 mars 2010 relative andagrave; l'indemnisation On March 17, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Fighting of the Phenomena of Drunkenness (Temporary Provision and Amendment) Law, 5770-2010. According to explanatory notes for the government bill, the Law was designed to address Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On November 13, 2009, China's Ministry of Health issued the Technology Management Norms for Umbilical Cord Blood Hematopoietic Stem Cell [UCBHSC] Therapy. The stated purpose of the Norms is to standardize clinical use of such therapy On October 12, 2009, the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) approved fast-tracking of a three-year plan through which Taiwan's hospitals would be able to share patients' medical records via a Department of Health (DOH) On October 13, 2009, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) extended the application of the Prohibition of Genetic Intervention (Human Cloning and Genetic Change in Multiplying Cells) Law 5759-1999 until May 23, 2016. The Law was initially applicable On October 1, 2009, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) issued a scientific opinion on the health claims made by so- called probiotic products and energy drinks that contain taurine, a substance that supposedly stimulates the "mind On October 2, 2009, the Minister of Health Care and Social Services of the Russian Federation announced a government decision to extend the ban on human cloning for another five years. This ban was introduced in Among other changes, Italy's new law on traffic offenses imposes heavier penalties for illegal acts that occur in the overnight hours, between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. (Law 94, July 15, 2009, effective Aug. 8, 2009). On August 14, 2009, in a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court of Western Australia determined that the right to refuse medical treatment includes the informed refusal of all nourishment, including liquids for hydration. (Right to Refuse On August 18, 2009, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of the People's Republic of China, together with seven other central government departments, published the Implementation Opinions on Establishing The reuse of food in restaurants in Korea has been a source of contention among consumers, the government, and restaurants. Korean cuisine features small side dishes that complement the main dish. When patrons leave amounts of On June 30, 2009, the French National Assembly adopted a draft law on the compensation of victims of French nuclear testing (Projet de loi relative andagrave; la reconnaissance et andagrave; l'indemnisation des victimes des essais nucl;aires A draft reproductive health bill currently under consideration by a committee of the Rwandan Parliament calls for forcible sterilization of the mentally disabled and includes "three particularly troublesome provisions" on HIV testing, according to a Human In 2007, the European Commission issued a Green Paper on Bio-Preparedness to initiate consultation at the European Union level between national authorities responsible for risk prevention and response, especially those engaged in public health, customs, and China's Deputy Minister of Health, Chen Xiaohong, announced on June 12, 2009, that in the near future China will establish its first national food safety risk assessment system, to include a new national commission, a network It was reported on June 3, 2009, that the Council of Pallisa District, one of 80 districts in Uganda, will soon pass a by-law dealing with a host of issues ranging from daytime drinking, to hygiene, The opposition party in the Danish Parliament has been leading efforts to enact stricter controls on dangerous dogs. Now that the measures have support from the Social Democrats, the Socialist People's Party, and the Danish People's In order to combat bird and swine flu, on April 29, 2009, the People's Assembly of Egypt passed a law regulating the trade in live poultry. During the same session, the Parliament also ordered the executive It was reported on May 5, 2009, that as part of an effort to put an end to the rampant problem of the erection of unsafe buildings that do not meet city codes, the Governor of On April 8, 2009, President Alan Garcia Perez of Peru signed a framework law on universal health coverage. The law guarantees the full right of every individual to social security in matters of health and sets According to the Director-General of the Bureau of Medical Affairs of Taiwan's Department of Health (DOH), Shih Chung-liang, in comments made on April 15, 2009, new stem cell storage companies including new umbilical cord banks Tanzania's National Assembly passed a bill on April 22, 2009, that will make it possible to administer and regulate application of DNA technology in the country. According to David Msakyusa, the Minister for Health and Social It was reported on April 13, 2009, that the Ugandan Parliament passed a motion asking the government to promulgate a law regulating traditional healers and their practices. Christopher Kibazanga, the representative who put forward the motion, The Public Prosecutor's Office in Italy has begun investigation into the damage that resulted from the April 2009 earthquake, in which nearly 300 people died and there was a great deal of damage to structures. The On March 24, 2009, Singapore's Parliament adopted a controversial amendment to the Human Organ Transplant Law that will permit reimbursement for altruistic living organ donations. The United States and the United Kingdom, among other countries, already The Cabinet of Nepal recently approved a bill to broaden the scope of potential kidney donors. The current Human Organ Transplant Act 1998, in order to control open trading in kidneys, limits potential donors to immediate It was reported on March 9, 2009, that the Tobacco Control Bill of Nigeria of 2009, currently under consideration on the floor of the Nigerian legislature, is under attack. The Chairman of the Senate Committee on... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 08 Apr 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401197_text Global Legal Monitor: China: Food Safety Law Passed http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401185_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to It was reported on March 2, 2011, that the Finnish government failed to produce a legislative proposal on restricting image advertising of alcoholic beverages. The development took place in a meeting between negotiators for the Parliamentary The European Union Directive 2011/8/EU enters into force on March 1, 2011. It contains an important provision for protecting the health of the most vulnerable group of consumer, infants, because it prohibits the manufacturing of baby The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, diagnosis, and detection of the origin and treatment of degenerative On January 24, 2011, the South African Department of Health released a proposal, the National Health Amendment Bill, which, if approved by the National Assembly, will establish an oversight body -- the Office of Health Standards The Environment Management Directorate General of Turkey announced on December 30, 2010, that effective December 31 a regulation banning the production, use, and supply of asbestos would take effect in the country. A partial ban has On November 3, 2010, China's Ministries of Health, Agriculture, and Commerce, together with other government agencies, jointly issued the Measures for Administration of Release of Food Safety Information. Food safety information includes data compiled or On December 6, 2010, the Ministry of Health Care and Social Development of the Russian Federation submitted its version of the Biomedical Cell Technologies Act to the Cabinet of Ministers for that body's approval and recommendation Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a It was reported on November 4, 2010, that a group of individuals in Nigeria living with HIV/AIDS have instituted a civil action against the Nigerian federal government for importing defective condoms; it was the use of On October 26, 2010, the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa - Agencia Nacional de Vigilandacirc;ncia Sanitandaacute;ria) issued an Administrative Act (Resoluandccedil;andatilde;o da Diretoria Colegiada RDC No. 44, de 26 de Outubro de 2010) regulating On September 23, 2010, the Finnish government announced new guidelines for the care of the dying. The new rules apply to both public and private institutions and state that a patient's wishes must be taken into It was reported on September 7, 2010, that Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki has signed into law the Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill, 2009 (the law), which seeks to dramatically shift Kenya's policy on the regulation of production, On August 26, 2010, Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, announced a plan to amend that country's laws so that the free medical facilities that are provided to all citizens will no longer be available On July 6, 2010, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) issued a decision that permits pre-implantation testing to screen for serious genetic defects (Docket No. 5 StR 386/09, http://juris.bundesgerichtshof.de/cgi-bin/rechtsprechung/document.py?Gericht=bghandamp;Art=pmandamp;Datum=2010andamp;Sort=3andamp;anz=160andamp;pos=23andamp;nr=52897andamp;linked=urtandamp;Blank=1andamp;file=dokument.pdf). The decision interprets section 1(1) On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Pharmacists Ordinance (New Version), 5741-1981, thereby extending the requirement of labeling, previously applicable to prescription medications, to over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. According to the amendment, On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the National Health Insurance Law extending coverage for dental care to all Israeli residents. The amendment authorizes the Minister of Health to recognize dental On June 7, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a comprehensive law regulating the donation of eggs to women who wish to give birth, but are otherwise unable to do so, and the use of unused On June 28, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a law authorizing the Minister of Health to issue regulations requiring the labeling of nutritional information about sugars in pre-packaged food. The further information on sugar content, On June 7, 2010, Dr. Richard Sezibera the Minister of Health, introduced a bill on banning smoking in public places to the Rwandan Parliament for floor action. (Edwin Musoni, Anti-Smoking Bill Goes to Parliament, THE NEW On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of It was reported on June 2, 2010, that six women represented by the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC), a local public-interest law firm, are suing the Namibian government for allegedly sterilizing them without their consent on account On May 19, 2010, the European Parliament approved a draft Directive on Standards of Quality and Safety of Human Organs Intended for Transplantation, initially proposed by the European Commission in August 2008. The Parliament, which adopted On May 18, 2010, the HIV Prevention and Control Bill, which seeks to control the spread of the disease and put in place safeguards to protect individuals living with HIV/AIDS, was proposed to the Ugandan Parliament The European Union is currently working on drafting new legislation to regulate online sales of medicines. The subject had been omitted from a previous Directive on counterfeit medicines proposed by the European Commission in 2008, which It was reported on May 6, 2010, that five Danish companies have recently been fined for adding a banned dye to salmon. The additive, sodium nitrite, was found by inspectors from the Danish Veterinary and Food Belgium's Law of March 31, 2010, on the Compensation for Damages Resulting from Medical Care, was published in the Moniteur Belge, Belgium's official gazette, on April 2, 2010. (Loi du 31 mars 2010 relative andagrave; l'indemnisation On March 17, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Fighting of the Phenomena of Drunkenness (Temporary Provision and Amendment) Law, 5770-2010. According to explanatory notes for the government bill, the Law was designed to address Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On November 13, 2009, China's Ministry of Health issued the Technology Management Norms for Umbilical Cord Blood Hematopoietic Stem Cell [UCBHSC] Therapy. The stated purpose of the Norms is to standardize clinical use of such therapy On October 12, 2009, the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) approved fast-tracking of a three-year plan through which Taiwan's hospitals would be able to share patients' medical records via a Department of Health (DOH) On October 13, 2009, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) extended the application of the Prohibition of Genetic Intervention (Human Cloning and Genetic Change in Multiplying Cells) Law 5759-1999 until May 23, 2016. The Law was initially applicable On October 1, 2009, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) issued a scientific opinion on the health claims made by so- called probiotic products and energy drinks that contain taurine, a substance that supposedly stimulates the "mind On October 2, 2009, the Minister of Health Care and Social Services of the Russian Federation announced a government decision to extend the ban on human cloning for another five years. This ban was introduced in Among other changes, Italy's new law on traffic offenses imposes heavier penalties for illegal acts that occur in the overnight hours, between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. (Law 94, July 15, 2009, effective Aug. 8, 2009). On August 14, 2009, in a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court of Western Australia determined that the right to refuse medical treatment includes the informed refusal of all nourishment, including liquids for hydration. (Right to Refuse On August 18, 2009, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of the People's Republic of China, together with seven other central government departments, published the Implementation Opinions on Establishing The reuse of food in restaurants in Korea has been a source of contention among consumers, the government, and restaurants. Korean cuisine features small side dishes that complement the main dish. When patrons leave amounts of On June 30, 2009, the French National Assembly adopted a draft law on the compensation of victims of French nuclear testing (Projet de loi relative andagrave; la reconnaissance et andagrave; l'indemnisation des victimes des essais nucl;aires A draft reproductive health bill currently under consideration by a committee of the Rwandan Parliament calls for forcible sterilization of the mentally disabled and includes "three particularly troublesome provisions" on HIV testing, according to a Human In 2007, the European Commission issued a Green Paper on Bio-Preparedness to initiate consultation at the European Union level between national authorities responsible for risk prevention and response, especially those engaged in public health, customs, and China's Deputy Minister of Health, Chen Xiaohong, announced on June 12, 2009, that in the near future China will establish its first national food safety risk assessment system, to include a new national commission, a network It was reported on June 3, 2009, that the Council of Pallisa District, one of 80 districts in Uganda, will soon pass a by-law dealing with a host of issues ranging from daytime drinking, to hygiene, The opposition party in the Danish Parliament has been leading efforts to enact stricter controls on dangerous dogs. Now that the measures have support from the Social Democrats, the Socialist People's Party, and the Danish People's In order to combat bird and swine flu, on April 29, 2009, the People's Assembly of Egypt passed a law regulating the trade in live poultry. During the same session, the Parliament also ordered the executive It was reported on May 5, 2009, that as part of an effort to put an end to the rampant problem of the erection of unsafe buildings that do not meet city codes, the Governor of On April 8, 2009, President Alan Garcia Perez of Peru signed a framework law on universal health coverage. The law guarantees the full right of every individual to social security in matters of health and sets According to the Director-General of the Bureau of Medical Affairs of Taiwan's Department of Health (DOH), Shih Chung-liang, in comments made on April 15, 2009, new stem cell storage companies including new umbilical cord banks Tanzania's National Assembly passed a bill on April 22, 2009, that will make it possible to administer and regulate application of DNA technology in the country. According to David Msakyusa, the Minister for Health and Social It was reported on April 13, 2009, that the Ugandan Parliament passed a motion asking the government to promulgate a law regulating traditional healers and their practices. Christopher Kibazanga, the representative who put forward the motion, The Public Prosecutor's Office in Italy has begun investigation into the damage that resulted from the April 2009 earthquake, in which nearly 300 people died and there was a great deal of damage to structures. The On March 24, 2009, Singapore's Parliament adopted a controversial amendment to the Human Organ Transplant Law that will permit reimbursement for altruistic living organ donations. The United States and the United Kingdom, among other countries, already The Cabinet of Nepal recently approved a bill to broaden the scope of potential kidney donors. The current Human Organ Transplant Act 1998, in order to control open trading in kidneys, limits potential donors to immediate It was reported on March 9, 2009, that the Tobacco Control Bill of Nigeria of 2009, currently under consideration on the floor of the Nigerian legislature, is under attack. The Chairman of the Senate Committee on On February 28, 2009, the People's Republic of China Food Safety Law was passed by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress. Effective from June 1, 2009, the new Food Safety Law, containing 104 articles,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 03 Apr 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401185_text Global Legal Monitor: Nigeria: Appeal for Passage of Sanitation Bill http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401176_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to It was reported on March 2, 2011, that the Finnish government failed to produce a legislative proposal on restricting image advertising of alcoholic beverages. The development took place in a meeting between negotiators for the Parliamentary The European Union Directive 2011/8/EU enters into force on March 1, 2011. It contains an important provision for protecting the health of the most vulnerable group of consumer, infants, because it prohibits the manufacturing of baby The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, diagnosis, and detection of the origin and treatment of degenerative On January 24, 2011, the South African Department of Health released a proposal, the National Health Amendment Bill, which, if approved by the National Assembly, will establish an oversight body -- the Office of Health Standards The Environment Management Directorate General of Turkey announced on December 30, 2010, that effective December 31 a regulation banning the production, use, and supply of asbestos would take effect in the country. A partial ban has On November 3, 2010, China's Ministries of Health, Agriculture, and Commerce, together with other government agencies, jointly issued the Measures for Administration of Release of Food Safety Information. Food safety information includes data compiled or On December 6, 2010, the Ministry of Health Care and Social Development of the Russian Federation submitted its version of the Biomedical Cell Technologies Act to the Cabinet of Ministers for that body's approval and recommendation Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a It was reported on November 4, 2010, that a group of individuals in Nigeria living with HIV/AIDS have instituted a civil action against the Nigerian federal government for importing defective condoms; it was the use of On October 26, 2010, the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa - Agencia Nacional de Vigilandacirc;ncia Sanitandaacute;ria) issued an Administrative Act (Resoluandccedil;andatilde;o da Diretoria Colegiada RDC No. 44, de 26 de Outubro de 2010) regulating On September 23, 2010, the Finnish government announced new guidelines for the care of the dying. The new rules apply to both public and private institutions and state that a patient's wishes must be taken into It was reported on September 7, 2010, that Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki has signed into law the Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill, 2009 (the law), which seeks to dramatically shift Kenya's policy on the regulation of production, On August 26, 2010, Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, announced a plan to amend that country's laws so that the free medical facilities that are provided to all citizens will no longer be available On July 6, 2010, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) issued a decision that permits pre-implantation testing to screen for serious genetic defects (Docket No. 5 StR 386/09, http://juris.bundesgerichtshof.de/cgi-bin/rechtsprechung/document.py?Gericht=bghandamp;Art=pmandamp;Datum=2010andamp;Sort=3andamp;anz=160andamp;pos=23andamp;nr=52897andamp;linked=urtandamp;Blank=1andamp;file=dokument.pdf). The decision interprets section 1(1) On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Pharmacists Ordinance (New Version), 5741-1981, thereby extending the requirement of labeling, previously applicable to prescription medications, to over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. According to the amendment, On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the National Health Insurance Law extending coverage for dental care to all Israeli residents. The amendment authorizes the Minister of Health to recognize dental On June 7, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a comprehensive law regulating the donation of eggs to women who wish to give birth, but are otherwise unable to do so, and the use of unused On June 28, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a law authorizing the Minister of Health to issue regulations requiring the labeling of nutritional information about sugars in pre-packaged food. The further information on sugar content, On June 7, 2010, Dr. Richard Sezibera the Minister of Health, introduced a bill on banning smoking in public places to the Rwandan Parliament for floor action. (Edwin Musoni, Anti-Smoking Bill Goes to Parliament, THE NEW On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of It was reported on June 2, 2010, that six women represented by the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC), a local public-interest law firm, are suing the Namibian government for allegedly sterilizing them without their consent on account On May 19, 2010, the European Parliament approved a draft Directive on Standards of Quality and Safety of Human Organs Intended for Transplantation, initially proposed by the European Commission in August 2008. The Parliament, which adopted On May 18, 2010, the HIV Prevention and Control Bill, which seeks to control the spread of the disease and put in place safeguards to protect individuals living with HIV/AIDS, was proposed to the Ugandan Parliament The European Union is currently working on drafting new legislation to regulate online sales of medicines. The subject had been omitted from a previous Directive on counterfeit medicines proposed by the European Commission in 2008, which It was reported on May 6, 2010, that five Danish companies have recently been fined for adding a banned dye to salmon. The additive, sodium nitrite, was found by inspectors from the Danish Veterinary and Food Belgium's Law of March 31, 2010, on the Compensation for Damages Resulting from Medical Care, was published in the Moniteur Belge, Belgium's official gazette, on April 2, 2010. (Loi du 31 mars 2010 relative andagrave; l'indemnisation On March 17, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Fighting of the Phenomena of Drunkenness (Temporary Provision and Amendment) Law, 5770-2010. According to explanatory notes for the government bill, the Law was designed to address Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On November 13, 2009, China's Ministry of Health issued the Technology Management Norms for Umbilical Cord Blood Hematopoietic Stem Cell [UCBHSC] Therapy. The stated purpose of the Norms is to standardize clinical use of such therapy On October 12, 2009, the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) approved fast-tracking of a three-year plan through which Taiwan's hospitals would be able to share patients' medical records via a Department of Health (DOH) On October 13, 2009, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) extended the application of the Prohibition of Genetic Intervention (Human Cloning and Genetic Change in Multiplying Cells) Law 5759-1999 until May 23, 2016. The Law was initially applicable On October 1, 2009, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) issued a scientific opinion on the health claims made by so- called probiotic products and energy drinks that contain taurine, a substance that supposedly stimulates the "mind On October 2, 2009, the Minister of Health Care and Social Services of the Russian Federation announced a government decision to extend the ban on human cloning for another five years. This ban was introduced in Among other changes, Italy's new law on traffic offenses imposes heavier penalties for illegal acts that occur in the overnight hours, between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. (Law 94, July 15, 2009, effective Aug. 8, 2009). On August 14, 2009, in a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court of Western Australia determined that the right to refuse medical treatment includes the informed refusal of all nourishment, including liquids for hydration. (Right to Refuse On August 18, 2009, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of the People's Republic of China, together with seven other central government departments, published the Implementation Opinions on Establishing The reuse of food in restaurants in Korea has been a source of contention among consumers, the government, and restaurants. Korean cuisine features small side dishes that complement the main dish. When patrons leave amounts of On June 30, 2009, the French National Assembly adopted a draft law on the compensation of victims of French nuclear testing (Projet de loi relative andagrave; la reconnaissance et andagrave; l'indemnisation des victimes des essais nucl;aires A draft reproductive health bill currently under consideration by a committee of the Rwandan Parliament calls for forcible sterilization of the mentally disabled and includes "three particularly troublesome provisions" on HIV testing, according to a Human In 2007, the European Commission issued a Green Paper on Bio-Preparedness to initiate consultation at the European Union level between national authorities responsible for risk prevention and response, especially those engaged in public health, customs, and China's Deputy Minister of Health, Chen Xiaohong, announced on June 12, 2009, that in the near future China will establish its first national food safety risk assessment system, to include a new national commission, a network It was reported on June 3, 2009, that the Council of Pallisa District, one of 80 districts in Uganda, will soon pass a by-law dealing with a host of issues ranging from daytime drinking, to hygiene, The opposition party in the Danish Parliament has been leading efforts to enact stricter controls on dangerous dogs. Now that the measures have support from the Social Democrats, the Socialist People's Party, and the Danish People's In order to combat bird and swine flu, on April 29, 2009, the People's Assembly of Egypt passed a law regulating the trade in live poultry. During the same session, the Parliament also ordered the executive It was reported on May 5, 2009, that as part of an effort to put an end to the rampant problem of the erection of unsafe buildings that do not meet city codes, the Governor of On April 8, 2009, President Alan Garcia Perez of Peru signed a framework law on universal health coverage. The law guarantees the full right of every individual to social security in matters of health and sets According to the Director-General of the Bureau of Medical Affairs of Taiwan's Department of Health (DOH), Shih Chung-liang, in comments made on April 15, 2009, new stem cell storage companies including new umbilical cord banks Tanzania's National Assembly passed a bill on April 22, 2009, that will make it possible to administer and regulate application of DNA technology in the country. According to David Msakyusa, the Minister for Health and Social It was reported on April 13, 2009, that the Ugandan Parliament passed a motion asking the government to promulgate a law regulating traditional healers and their practices. Christopher Kibazanga, the representative who put forward the motion, The Public Prosecutor's Office in Italy has begun investigation into the damage that resulted from the April 2009 earthquake, in which nearly 300 people died and there was a great deal of damage to structures. The On March 24, 2009, Singapore's Parliament adopted a controversial amendment to the Human Organ Transplant Law that will permit reimbursement for altruistic living organ donations. The United States and the United Kingdom, among other countries, already The Cabinet of Nepal recently approved a bill to broaden the scope of potential kidney donors. The current Human Organ Transplant Act 1998, in order to control open trading in kidneys, limits potential donors to immediate It was reported on March 9, 2009, that the Tobacco Control Bill of Nigeria of 2009, currently under consideration on the floor of the Nigerian legislature, is under attack. The Chairman of the Senate Committee on On February 28, 2009, the People's Republic of China Food Safety Law was passed by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress. Effective from June 1, 2009, the new Food Safety Law, containing 104 articles, It was reported on March 24, 2009, that the Registrar of the Environmental Health Officers Registration Council of Nigeria, Augustine Ebisike, called for the passage of the Environmental Health Control and Enforcement Sanitation Act, which has... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 31 Mar 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401176_text Global Legal Monitor: England and Wales: Drop in Compensation for Helmetless Cyclist http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401155_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to It was reported on March 2, 2011, that the Finnish government failed to produce a legislative proposal on restricting image advertising of alcoholic beverages. The development took place in a meeting between negotiators for the Parliamentary The European Union Directive 2011/8/EU enters into force on March 1, 2011. It contains an important provision for protecting the health of the most vulnerable group of consumer, infants, because it prohibits the manufacturing of baby The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, diagnosis, and detection of the origin and treatment of degenerative On January 24, 2011, the South African Department of Health released a proposal, the National Health Amendment Bill, which, if approved by the National Assembly, will establish an oversight body -- the Office of Health Standards The Environment Management Directorate General of Turkey announced on December 30, 2010, that effective December 31 a regulation banning the production, use, and supply of asbestos would take effect in the country. A partial ban has On November 3, 2010, China's Ministries of Health, Agriculture, and Commerce, together with other government agencies, jointly issued the Measures for Administration of Release of Food Safety Information. Food safety information includes data compiled or On December 6, 2010, the Ministry of Health Care and Social Development of the Russian Federation submitted its version of the Biomedical Cell Technologies Act to the Cabinet of Ministers for that body's approval and recommendation Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a It was reported on November 4, 2010, that a group of individuals in Nigeria living with HIV/AIDS have instituted a civil action against the Nigerian federal government for importing defective condoms; it was the use of On October 26, 2010, the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa - Agencia Nacional de Vigilandacirc;ncia Sanitandaacute;ria) issued an Administrative Act (Resoluandccedil;andatilde;o da Diretoria Colegiada RDC No. 44, de 26 de Outubro de 2010) regulating On September 23, 2010, the Finnish government announced new guidelines for the care of the dying. The new rules apply to both public and private institutions and state that a patient's wishes must be taken into It was reported on September 7, 2010, that Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki has signed into law the Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill, 2009 (the law), which seeks to dramatically shift Kenya's policy on the regulation of production, On August 26, 2010, Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, announced a plan to amend that country's laws so that the free medical facilities that are provided to all citizens will no longer be available On July 6, 2010, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) issued a decision that permits pre-implantation testing to screen for serious genetic defects (Docket No. 5 StR 386/09, http://juris.bundesgerichtshof.de/cgi-bin/rechtsprechung/document.py?Gericht=bghandamp;Art=pmandamp;Datum=2010andamp;Sort=3andamp;anz=160andamp;pos=23andamp;nr=52897andamp;linked=urtandamp;Blank=1andamp;file=dokument.pdf). The decision interprets section 1(1) On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Pharmacists Ordinance (New Version), 5741-1981, thereby extending the requirement of labeling, previously applicable to prescription medications, to over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. According to the amendment, On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the National Health Insurance Law extending coverage for dental care to all Israeli residents. The amendment authorizes the Minister of Health to recognize dental On June 7, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a comprehensive law regulating the donation of eggs to women who wish to give birth, but are otherwise unable to do so, and the use of unused On June 28, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a law authorizing the Minister of Health to issue regulations requiring the labeling of nutritional information about sugars in pre-packaged food. The further information on sugar content, On June 7, 2010, Dr. Richard Sezibera the Minister of Health, introduced a bill on banning smoking in public places to the Rwandan Parliament for floor action. (Edwin Musoni, Anti-Smoking Bill Goes to Parliament, THE NEW On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of It was reported on June 2, 2010, that six women represented by the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC), a local public-interest law firm, are suing the Namibian government for allegedly sterilizing them without their consent on account On May 19, 2010, the European Parliament approved a draft Directive on Standards of Quality and Safety of Human Organs Intended for Transplantation, initially proposed by the European Commission in August 2008. The Parliament, which adopted On May 18, 2010, the HIV Prevention and Control Bill, which seeks to control the spread of the disease and put in place safeguards to protect individuals living with HIV/AIDS, was proposed to the Ugandan Parliament The European Union is currently working on drafting new legislation to regulate online sales of medicines. The subject had been omitted from a previous Directive on counterfeit medicines proposed by the European Commission in 2008, which It was reported on May 6, 2010, that five Danish companies have recently been fined for adding a banned dye to salmon. The additive, sodium nitrite, was found by inspectors from the Danish Veterinary and Food Belgium's Law of March 31, 2010, on the Compensation for Damages Resulting from Medical Care, was published in the Moniteur Belge, Belgium's official gazette, on April 2, 2010. (Loi du 31 mars 2010 relative andagrave; l'indemnisation On March 17, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Fighting of the Phenomena of Drunkenness (Temporary Provision and Amendment) Law, 5770-2010. According to explanatory notes for the government bill, the Law was designed to address Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On November 13, 2009, China's Ministry of Health issued the Technology Management Norms for Umbilical Cord Blood Hematopoietic Stem Cell [UCBHSC] Therapy. The stated purpose of the Norms is to standardize clinical use of such therapy On October 12, 2009, the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) approved fast-tracking of a three-year plan through which Taiwan's hospitals would be able to share patients' medical records via a Department of Health (DOH) On October 13, 2009, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) extended the application of the Prohibition of Genetic Intervention (Human Cloning and Genetic Change in Multiplying Cells) Law 5759-1999 until May 23, 2016. The Law was initially applicable On October 1, 2009, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) issued a scientific opinion on the health claims made by so- called probiotic products and energy drinks that contain taurine, a substance that supposedly stimulates the "mind On October 2, 2009, the Minister of Health Care and Social Services of the Russian Federation announced a government decision to extend the ban on human cloning for another five years. This ban was introduced in Among other changes, Italy's new law on traffic offenses imposes heavier penalties for illegal acts that occur in the overnight hours, between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. (Law 94, July 15, 2009, effective Aug. 8, 2009). On August 14, 2009, in a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court of Western Australia determined that the right to refuse medical treatment includes the informed refusal of all nourishment, including liquids for hydration. (Right to Refuse On August 18, 2009, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of the People's Republic of China, together with seven other central government departments, published the Implementation Opinions on Establishing The reuse of food in restaurants in Korea has been a source of contention among consumers, the government, and restaurants. Korean cuisine features small side dishes that complement the main dish. When patrons leave amounts of On June 30, 2009, the French National Assembly adopted a draft law on the compensation of victims of French nuclear testing (Projet de loi relative andagrave; la reconnaissance et andagrave; l'indemnisation des victimes des essais nucl;aires A draft reproductive health bill currently under consideration by a committee of the Rwandan Parliament calls for forcible sterilization of the mentally disabled and includes "three particularly troublesome provisions" on HIV testing, according to a Human In 2007, the European Commission issued a Green Paper on Bio-Preparedness to initiate consultation at the European Union level between national authorities responsible for risk prevention and response, especially those engaged in public health, customs, and China's Deputy Minister of Health, Chen Xiaohong, announced on June 12, 2009, that in the near future China will establish its first national food safety risk assessment system, to include a new national commission, a network It was reported on June 3, 2009, that the Council of Pallisa District, one of 80 districts in Uganda, will soon pass a by-law dealing with a host of issues ranging from daytime drinking, to hygiene, The opposition party in the Danish Parliament has been leading efforts to enact stricter controls on dangerous dogs. Now that the measures have support from the Social Democrats, the Socialist People's Party, and the Danish People's In order to combat bird and swine flu, on April 29, 2009, the People's Assembly of Egypt passed a law regulating the trade in live poultry. During the same session, the Parliament also ordered the executive It was reported on May 5, 2009, that as part of an effort to put an end to the rampant problem of the erection of unsafe buildings that do not meet city codes, the Governor of On April 8, 2009, President Alan Garcia Perez of Peru signed a framework law on universal health coverage. The law guarantees the full right of every individual to social security in matters of health and sets According to the Director-General of the Bureau of Medical Affairs of Taiwan's Department of Health (DOH), Shih Chung-liang, in comments made on April 15, 2009, new stem cell storage companies including new umbilical cord banks Tanzania's National Assembly passed a bill on April 22, 2009, that will make it possible to administer and regulate application of DNA technology in the country. According to David Msakyusa, the Minister for Health and Social It was reported on April 13, 2009, that the Ugandan Parliament passed a motion asking the government to promulgate a law regulating traditional healers and their practices. Christopher Kibazanga, the representative who put forward the motion, The Public Prosecutor's Office in Italy has begun investigation into the damage that resulted from the April 2009 earthquake, in which nearly 300 people died and there was a great deal of damage to structures. The On March 24, 2009, Singapore's Parliament adopted a controversial amendment to the Human Organ Transplant Law that will permit reimbursement for altruistic living organ donations. The United States and the United Kingdom, among other countries, already The Cabinet of Nepal recently approved a bill to broaden the scope of potential kidney donors. The current Human Organ Transplant Act 1998, in order to control open trading in kidneys, limits potential donors to immediate It was reported on March 9, 2009, that the Tobacco Control Bill of Nigeria of 2009, currently under consideration on the floor of the Nigerian legislature, is under attack. The Chairman of the Senate Committee on On February 28, 2009, the People's Republic of China Food Safety Law was passed by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress. Effective from June 1, 2009, the new Food Safety Law, containing 104 articles, It was reported on March 24, 2009, that the Registrar of the Environmental Health Officers Registration Council of Nigeria, Augustine Ebisike, called for the passage of the Environmental Health Control and Enforcement Sanitation Act, which has A High Court ruling has caused concern that cyclists in England not wearing helmets while riding their bikes could face a reduction in compensation for accidents, even where they are not at fault. There is no... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 20 Mar 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401155_text Global Legal Monitor: Saudi Arabia: Resolution Passed to Assist Children Suffering from Attention Deficit Disorder http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401136_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to It was reported on March 2, 2011, that the Finnish government failed to produce a legislative proposal on restricting image advertising of alcoholic beverages. The development took place in a meeting between negotiators for the Parliamentary The European Union Directive 2011/8/EU enters into force on March 1, 2011. It contains an important provision for protecting the health of the most vulnerable group of consumer, infants, because it prohibits the manufacturing of baby The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, diagnosis, and detection of the origin and treatment of degenerative On January 24, 2011, the South African Department of Health released a proposal, the National Health Amendment Bill, which, if approved by the National Assembly, will establish an oversight body -- the Office of Health Standards The Environment Management Directorate General of Turkey announced on December 30, 2010, that effective December 31 a regulation banning the production, use, and supply of asbestos would take effect in the country. A partial ban has On November 3, 2010, China's Ministries of Health, Agriculture, and Commerce, together with other government agencies, jointly issued the Measures for Administration of Release of Food Safety Information. Food safety information includes data compiled or On December 6, 2010, the Ministry of Health Care and Social Development of the Russian Federation submitted its version of the Biomedical Cell Technologies Act to the Cabinet of Ministers for that body's approval and recommendation Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a It was reported on November 4, 2010, that a group of individuals in Nigeria living with HIV/AIDS have instituted a civil action against the Nigerian federal government for importing defective condoms; it was the use of On October 26, 2010, the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa - Agencia Nacional de Vigilandacirc;ncia Sanitandaacute;ria) issued an Administrative Act (Resoluandccedil;andatilde;o da Diretoria Colegiada RDC No. 44, de 26 de Outubro de 2010) regulating On September 23, 2010, the Finnish government announced new guidelines for the care of the dying. The new rules apply to both public and private institutions and state that a patient's wishes must be taken into It was reported on September 7, 2010, that Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki has signed into law the Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill, 2009 (the law), which seeks to dramatically shift Kenya's policy on the regulation of production, On August 26, 2010, Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, announced a plan to amend that country's laws so that the free medical facilities that are provided to all citizens will no longer be available On July 6, 2010, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) issued a decision that permits pre-implantation testing to screen for serious genetic defects (Docket No. 5 StR 386/09, http://juris.bundesgerichtshof.de/cgi-bin/rechtsprechung/document.py?Gericht=bghandamp;Art=pmandamp;Datum=2010andamp;Sort=3andamp;anz=160andamp;pos=23andamp;nr=52897andamp;linked=urtandamp;Blank=1andamp;file=dokument.pdf). The decision interprets section 1(1) On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Pharmacists Ordinance (New Version), 5741-1981, thereby extending the requirement of labeling, previously applicable to prescription medications, to over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. According to the amendment, On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the National Health Insurance Law extending coverage for dental care to all Israeli residents. The amendment authorizes the Minister of Health to recognize dental On June 7, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a comprehensive law regulating the donation of eggs to women who wish to give birth, but are otherwise unable to do so, and the use of unused On June 28, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a law authorizing the Minister of Health to issue regulations requiring the labeling of nutritional information about sugars in pre-packaged food. The further information on sugar content, On June 7, 2010, Dr. Richard Sezibera the Minister of Health, introduced a bill on banning smoking in public places to the Rwandan Parliament for floor action. (Edwin Musoni, Anti-Smoking Bill Goes to Parliament, THE NEW On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of It was reported on June 2, 2010, that six women represented by the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC), a local public-interest law firm, are suing the Namibian government for allegedly sterilizing them without their consent on account On May 19, 2010, the European Parliament approved a draft Directive on Standards of Quality and Safety of Human Organs Intended for Transplantation, initially proposed by the European Commission in August 2008. The Parliament, which adopted On May 18, 2010, the HIV Prevention and Control Bill, which seeks to control the spread of the disease and put in place safeguards to protect individuals living with HIV/AIDS, was proposed to the Ugandan Parliament The European Union is currently working on drafting new legislation to regulate online sales of medicines. The subject had been omitted from a previous Directive on counterfeit medicines proposed by the European Commission in 2008, which It was reported on May 6, 2010, that five Danish companies have recently been fined for adding a banned dye to salmon. The additive, sodium nitrite, was found by inspectors from the Danish Veterinary and Food Belgium's Law of March 31, 2010, on the Compensation for Damages Resulting from Medical Care, was published in the Moniteur Belge, Belgium's official gazette, on April 2, 2010. (Loi du 31 mars 2010 relative andagrave; l'indemnisation On March 17, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Fighting of the Phenomena of Drunkenness (Temporary Provision and Amendment) Law, 5770-2010. According to explanatory notes for the government bill, the Law was designed to address Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On November 13, 2009, China's Ministry of Health issued the Technology Management Norms for Umbilical Cord Blood Hematopoietic Stem Cell [UCBHSC] Therapy. The stated purpose of the Norms is to standardize clinical use of such therapy On October 12, 2009, the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) approved fast-tracking of a three-year plan through which Taiwan's hospitals would be able to share patients' medical records via a Department of Health (DOH) On October 13, 2009, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) extended the application of the Prohibition of Genetic Intervention (Human Cloning and Genetic Change in Multiplying Cells) Law 5759-1999 until May 23, 2016. The Law was initially applicable On October 1, 2009, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) issued a scientific opinion on the health claims made by so- called probiotic products and energy drinks that contain taurine, a substance that supposedly stimulates the "mind On October 2, 2009, the Minister of Health Care and Social Services of the Russian Federation announced a government decision to extend the ban on human cloning for another five years. This ban was introduced in Among other changes, Italy's new law on traffic offenses imposes heavier penalties for illegal acts that occur in the overnight hours, between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. (Law 94, July 15, 2009, effective Aug. 8, 2009). On August 14, 2009, in a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court of Western Australia determined that the right to refuse medical treatment includes the informed refusal of all nourishment, including liquids for hydration. (Right to Refuse On August 18, 2009, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of the People's Republic of China, together with seven other central government departments, published the Implementation Opinions on Establishing The reuse of food in restaurants in Korea has been a source of contention among consumers, the government, and restaurants. Korean cuisine features small side dishes that complement the main dish. When patrons leave amounts of On June 30, 2009, the French National Assembly adopted a draft law on the compensation of victims of French nuclear testing (Projet de loi relative andagrave; la reconnaissance et andagrave; l'indemnisation des victimes des essais nucl;aires A draft reproductive health bill currently under consideration by a committee of the Rwandan Parliament calls for forcible sterilization of the mentally disabled and includes "three particularly troublesome provisions" on HIV testing, according to a Human In 2007, the European Commission issued a Green Paper on Bio-Preparedness to initiate consultation at the European Union level between national authorities responsible for risk prevention and response, especially those engaged in public health, customs, and China's Deputy Minister of Health, Chen Xiaohong, announced on June 12, 2009, that in the near future China will establish its first national food safety risk assessment system, to include a new national commission, a network It was reported on June 3, 2009, that the Council of Pallisa District, one of 80 districts in Uganda, will soon pass a by-law dealing with a host of issues ranging from daytime drinking, to hygiene, The opposition party in the Danish Parliament has been leading efforts to enact stricter controls on dangerous dogs. Now that the measures have support from the Social Democrats, the Socialist People's Party, and the Danish People's In order to combat bird and swine flu, on April 29, 2009, the People's Assembly of Egypt passed a law regulating the trade in live poultry. During the same session, the Parliament also ordered the executive It was reported on May 5, 2009, that as part of an effort to put an end to the rampant problem of the erection of unsafe buildings that do not meet city codes, the Governor of On April 8, 2009, President Alan Garcia Perez of Peru signed a framework law on universal health coverage. The law guarantees the full right of every individual to social security in matters of health and sets According to the Director-General of the Bureau of Medical Affairs of Taiwan's Department of Health (DOH), Shih Chung-liang, in comments made on April 15, 2009, new stem cell storage companies including new umbilical cord banks Tanzania's National Assembly passed a bill on April 22, 2009, that will make it possible to administer and regulate application of DNA technology in the country. According to David Msakyusa, the Minister for Health and Social It was reported on April 13, 2009, that the Ugandan Parliament passed a motion asking the government to promulgate a law regulating traditional healers and their practices. Christopher Kibazanga, the representative who put forward the motion, The Public Prosecutor's Office in Italy has begun investigation into the damage that resulted from the April 2009 earthquake, in which nearly 300 people died and there was a great deal of damage to structures. The On March 24, 2009, Singapore's Parliament adopted a controversial amendment to the Human Organ Transplant Law that will permit reimbursement for altruistic living organ donations. The United States and the United Kingdom, among other countries, already The Cabinet of Nepal recently approved a bill to broaden the scope of potential kidney donors. The current Human Organ Transplant Act 1998, in order to control open trading in kidneys, limits potential donors to immediate It was reported on March 9, 2009, that the Tobacco Control Bill of Nigeria of 2009, currently under consideration on the floor of the Nigerian legislature, is under attack. The Chairman of the Senate Committee on On February 28, 2009, the People's Republic of China Food Safety Law was passed by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress. Effective from June 1, 2009, the new Food Safety Law, containing 104 articles, It was reported on March 24, 2009, that the Registrar of the Environmental Health Officers Registration Council of Nigeria, Augustine Ebisike, called for the passage of the Environmental Health Control and Enforcement Sanitation Act, which has A High Court ruling has caused concern that cyclists in England not wearing helmets while riding their bikes could face a reduction in compensation for accidents, even where they are not at fault. There is no The Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia has issued Resolution 35/50 on assisting children who suffer from Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). The Resolution is considered a landmark law in the field of children's health. The newly... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 16 Mar 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401136_text Global Legal Monitor: Spain: Support for Mesoamerican Health Project http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401055_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to It was reported on March 2, 2011, that the Finnish government failed to produce a legislative proposal on restricting image advertising of alcoholic beverages. The development took place in a meeting between negotiators for the Parliamentary The European Union Directive 2011/8/EU enters into force on March 1, 2011. It contains an important provision for protecting the health of the most vulnerable group of consumer, infants, because it prohibits the manufacturing of baby The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, diagnosis, and detection of the origin and treatment of degenerative On January 24, 2011, the South African Department of Health released a proposal, the National Health Amendment Bill, which, if approved by the National Assembly, will establish an oversight body -- the Office of Health Standards The Environment Management Directorate General of Turkey announced on December 30, 2010, that effective December 31 a regulation banning the production, use, and supply of asbestos would take effect in the country. A partial ban has On November 3, 2010, China's Ministries of Health, Agriculture, and Commerce, together with other government agencies, jointly issued the Measures for Administration of Release of Food Safety Information. Food safety information includes data compiled or On December 6, 2010, the Ministry of Health Care and Social Development of the Russian Federation submitted its version of the Biomedical Cell Technologies Act to the Cabinet of Ministers for that body's approval and recommendation Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a It was reported on November 4, 2010, that a group of individuals in Nigeria living with HIV/AIDS have instituted a civil action against the Nigerian federal government for importing defective condoms; it was the use of On October 26, 2010, the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa - Agencia Nacional de Vigilandacirc;ncia Sanitandaacute;ria) issued an Administrative Act (Resoluandccedil;andatilde;o da Diretoria Colegiada RDC No. 44, de 26 de Outubro de 2010) regulating On September 23, 2010, the Finnish government announced new guidelines for the care of the dying. The new rules apply to both public and private institutions and state that a patient's wishes must be taken into It was reported on September 7, 2010, that Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki has signed into law the Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill, 2009 (the law), which seeks to dramatically shift Kenya's policy on the regulation of production, On August 26, 2010, Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, announced a plan to amend that country's laws so that the free medical facilities that are provided to all citizens will no longer be available On July 6, 2010, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) issued a decision that permits pre-implantation testing to screen for serious genetic defects (Docket No. 5 StR 386/09, http://juris.bundesgerichtshof.de/cgi-bin/rechtsprechung/document.py?Gericht=bghandamp;Art=pmandamp;Datum=2010andamp;Sort=3andamp;anz=160andamp;pos=23andamp;nr=52897andamp;linked=urtandamp;Blank=1andamp;file=dokument.pdf). The decision interprets section 1(1) On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Pharmacists Ordinance (New Version), 5741-1981, thereby extending the requirement of labeling, previously applicable to prescription medications, to over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. According to the amendment, On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the National Health Insurance Law extending coverage for dental care to all Israeli residents. The amendment authorizes the Minister of Health to recognize dental On June 7, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a comprehensive law regulating the donation of eggs to women who wish to give birth, but are otherwise unable to do so, and the use of unused On June 28, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a law authorizing the Minister of Health to issue regulations requiring the labeling of nutritional information about sugars in pre-packaged food. The further information on sugar content, On June 7, 2010, Dr. Richard Sezibera the Minister of Health, introduced a bill on banning smoking in public places to the Rwandan Parliament for floor action. (Edwin Musoni, Anti-Smoking Bill Goes to Parliament, THE NEW On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of It was reported on June 2, 2010, that six women represented by the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC), a local public-interest law firm, are suing the Namibian government for allegedly sterilizing them without their consent on account On May 19, 2010, the European Parliament approved a draft Directive on Standards of Quality and Safety of Human Organs Intended for Transplantation, initially proposed by the European Commission in August 2008. The Parliament, which adopted On May 18, 2010, the HIV Prevention and Control Bill, which seeks to control the spread of the disease and put in place safeguards to protect individuals living with HIV/AIDS, was proposed to the Ugandan Parliament The European Union is currently working on drafting new legislation to regulate online sales of medicines. The subject had been omitted from a previous Directive on counterfeit medicines proposed by the European Commission in 2008, which It was reported on May 6, 2010, that five Danish companies have recently been fined for adding a banned dye to salmon. The additive, sodium nitrite, was found by inspectors from the Danish Veterinary and Food Belgium's Law of March 31, 2010, on the Compensation for Damages Resulting from Medical Care, was published in the Moniteur Belge, Belgium's official gazette, on April 2, 2010. (Loi du 31 mars 2010 relative andagrave; l'indemnisation On March 17, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Fighting of the Phenomena of Drunkenness (Temporary Provision and Amendment) Law, 5770-2010. According to explanatory notes for the government bill, the Law was designed to address Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On November 13, 2009, China's Ministry of Health issued the Technology Management Norms for Umbilical Cord Blood Hematopoietic Stem Cell [UCBHSC] Therapy. The stated purpose of the Norms is to standardize clinical use of such therapy On October 12, 2009, the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) approved fast-tracking of a three-year plan through which Taiwan's hospitals would be able to share patients' medical records via a Department of Health (DOH) On October 13, 2009, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) extended the application of the Prohibition of Genetic Intervention (Human Cloning and Genetic Change in Multiplying Cells) Law 5759-1999 until May 23, 2016. The Law was initially applicable On October 1, 2009, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) issued a scientific opinion on the health claims made by so- called probiotic products and energy drinks that contain taurine, a substance that supposedly stimulates the "mind On October 2, 2009, the Minister of Health Care and Social Services of the Russian Federation announced a government decision to extend the ban on human cloning for another five years. This ban was introduced in Among other changes, Italy's new law on traffic offenses imposes heavier penalties for illegal acts that occur in the overnight hours, between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. (Law 94, July 15, 2009, effective Aug. 8, 2009). On August 14, 2009, in a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court of Western Australia determined that the right to refuse medical treatment includes the informed refusal of all nourishment, including liquids for hydration. (Right to Refuse On August 18, 2009, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of the People's Republic of China, together with seven other central government departments, published the Implementation Opinions on Establishing The reuse of food in restaurants in Korea has been a source of contention among consumers, the government, and restaurants. Korean cuisine features small side dishes that complement the main dish. When patrons leave amounts of On June 30, 2009, the French National Assembly adopted a draft law on the compensation of victims of French nuclear testing (Projet de loi relative andagrave; la reconnaissance et andagrave; l'indemnisation des victimes des essais nucl;aires A draft reproductive health bill currently under consideration by a committee of the Rwandan Parliament calls for forcible sterilization of the mentally disabled and includes "three particularly troublesome provisions" on HIV testing, according to a Human In 2007, the European Commission issued a Green Paper on Bio-Preparedness to initiate consultation at the European Union level between national authorities responsible for risk prevention and response, especially those engaged in public health, customs, and China's Deputy Minister of Health, Chen Xiaohong, announced on June 12, 2009, that in the near future China will establish its first national food safety risk assessment system, to include a new national commission, a network It was reported on June 3, 2009, that the Council of Pallisa District, one of 80 districts in Uganda, will soon pass a by-law dealing with a host of issues ranging from daytime drinking, to hygiene, The opposition party in the Danish Parliament has been leading efforts to enact stricter controls on dangerous dogs. Now that the measures have support from the Social Democrats, the Socialist People's Party, and the Danish People's In order to combat bird and swine flu, on April 29, 2009, the People's Assembly of Egypt passed a law regulating the trade in live poultry. During the same session, the Parliament also ordered the executive It was reported on May 5, 2009, that as part of an effort to put an end to the rampant problem of the erection of unsafe buildings that do not meet city codes, the Governor of On April 8, 2009, President Alan Garcia Perez of Peru signed a framework law on universal health coverage. The law guarantees the full right of every individual to social security in matters of health and sets According to the Director-General of the Bureau of Medical Affairs of Taiwan's Department of Health (DOH), Shih Chung-liang, in comments made on April 15, 2009, new stem cell storage companies including new umbilical cord banks Tanzania's National Assembly passed a bill on April 22, 2009, that will make it possible to administer and regulate application of DNA technology in the country. According to David Msakyusa, the Minister for Health and Social It was reported on April 13, 2009, that the Ugandan Parliament passed a motion asking the government to promulgate a law regulating traditional healers and their practices. Christopher Kibazanga, the representative who put forward the motion, The Public Prosecutor's Office in Italy has begun investigation into the damage that resulted from the April 2009 earthquake, in which nearly 300 people died and there was a great deal of damage to structures. The On March 24, 2009, Singapore's Parliament adopted a controversial amendment to the Human Organ Transplant Law that will permit reimbursement for altruistic living organ donations. The United States and the United Kingdom, among other countries, already The Cabinet of Nepal recently approved a bill to broaden the scope of potential kidney donors. The current Human Organ Transplant Act 1998, in order to control open trading in kidneys, limits potential donors to immediate It was reported on March 9, 2009, that the Tobacco Control Bill of Nigeria of 2009, currently under consideration on the floor of the Nigerian legislature, is under attack. The Chairman of the Senate Committee on On February 28, 2009, the People's Republic of China Food Safety Law was passed by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress. Effective from June 1, 2009, the new Food Safety Law, containing 104 articles, It was reported on March 24, 2009, that the Registrar of the Environmental Health Officers Registration Council of Nigeria, Augustine Ebisike, called for the passage of the Environmental Health Control and Enforcement Sanitation Act, which has A High Court ruling has caused concern that cyclists in England not wearing helmets while riding their bikes could face a reduction in compensation for accidents, even where they are not at fault. There is no The Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia has issued Resolution 35/50 on assisting children who suffer from Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). The Resolution is considered a landmark law in the field of children's health. The newly On February 24, 2009, the Mexican Secretary of Health, Jos; andAacute;ngel Cordova Villalobos, announced that Spain has agreed to support the Mesoamerican Integration and Development Project (Proyecto de Integracion y Desarrollo de Mesoam;rica). Once known as... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 02 Mar 2009 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401055_text Global Legal Monitor: Vietnam: Stricter Measures Against Drunk Driving http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401047_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to It was reported on March 2, 2011, that the Finnish government failed to produce a legislative proposal on restricting image advertising of alcoholic beverages. The development took place in a meeting between negotiators for the Parliamentary The European Union Directive 2011/8/EU enters into force on March 1, 2011. It contains an important provision for protecting the health of the most vulnerable group of consumer, infants, because it prohibits the manufacturing of baby The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, diagnosis, and detection of the origin and treatment of degenerative On January 24, 2011, the South African Department of Health released a proposal, the National Health Amendment Bill, which, if approved by the National Assembly, will establish an oversight body -- the Office of Health Standards The Environment Management Directorate General of Turkey announced on December 30, 2010, that effective December 31 a regulation banning the production, use, and supply of asbestos would take effect in the country. A partial ban has On November 3, 2010, China's Ministries of Health, Agriculture, and Commerce, together with other government agencies, jointly issued the Measures for Administration of Release of Food Safety Information. Food safety information includes data compiled or On December 6, 2010, the Ministry of Health Care and Social Development of the Russian Federation submitted its version of the Biomedical Cell Technologies Act to the Cabinet of Ministers for that body's approval and recommendation Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a It was reported on November 4, 2010, that a group of individuals in Nigeria living with HIV/AIDS have instituted a civil action against the Nigerian federal government for importing defective condoms; it was the use of On October 26, 2010, the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa - Agencia Nacional de Vigilandacirc;ncia Sanitandaacute;ria) issued an Administrative Act (Resoluandccedil;andatilde;o da Diretoria Colegiada RDC No. 44, de 26 de Outubro de 2010) regulating On September 23, 2010, the Finnish government announced new guidelines for the care of the dying. The new rules apply to both public and private institutions and state that a patient's wishes must be taken into It was reported on September 7, 2010, that Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki has signed into law the Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill, 2009 (the law), which seeks to dramatically shift Kenya's policy on the regulation of production, On August 26, 2010, Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, announced a plan to amend that country's laws so that the free medical facilities that are provided to all citizens will no longer be available On July 6, 2010, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) issued a decision that permits pre-implantation testing to screen for serious genetic defects (Docket No. 5 StR 386/09, http://juris.bundesgerichtshof.de/cgi-bin/rechtsprechung/document.py?Gericht=bghandamp;Art=pmandamp;Datum=2010andamp;Sort=3andamp;anz=160andamp;pos=23andamp;nr=52897andamp;linked=urtandamp;Blank=1andamp;file=dokument.pdf). The decision interprets section 1(1) On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Pharmacists Ordinance (New Version), 5741-1981, thereby extending the requirement of labeling, previously applicable to prescription medications, to over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. According to the amendment, On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the National Health Insurance Law extending coverage for dental care to all Israeli residents. The amendment authorizes the Minister of Health to recognize dental On June 7, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a comprehensive law regulating the donation of eggs to women who wish to give birth, but are otherwise unable to do so, and the use of unused On June 28, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a law authorizing the Minister of Health to issue regulations requiring the labeling of nutritional information about sugars in pre-packaged food. The further information on sugar content, On June 7, 2010, Dr. Richard Sezibera the Minister of Health, introduced a bill on banning smoking in public places to the Rwandan Parliament for floor action. (Edwin Musoni, Anti-Smoking Bill Goes to Parliament, THE NEW On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of It was reported on June 2, 2010, that six women represented by the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC), a local public-interest law firm, are suing the Namibian government for allegedly sterilizing them without their consent on account On May 19, 2010, the European Parliament approved a draft Directive on Standards of Quality and Safety of Human Organs Intended for Transplantation, initially proposed by the European Commission in August 2008. The Parliament, which adopted On May 18, 2010, the HIV Prevention and Control Bill, which seeks to control the spread of the disease and put in place safeguards to protect individuals living with HIV/AIDS, was proposed to the Ugandan Parliament The European Union is currently working on drafting new legislation to regulate online sales of medicines. The subject had been omitted from a previous Directive on counterfeit medicines proposed by the European Commission in 2008, which It was reported on May 6, 2010, that five Danish companies have recently been fined for adding a banned dye to salmon. The additive, sodium nitrite, was found by inspectors from the Danish Veterinary and Food Belgium's Law of March 31, 2010, on the Compensation for Damages Resulting from Medical Care, was published in the Moniteur Belge, Belgium's official gazette, on April 2, 2010. (Loi du 31 mars 2010 relative andagrave; l'indemnisation On March 17, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Fighting of the Phenomena of Drunkenness (Temporary Provision and Amendment) Law, 5770-2010. According to explanatory notes for the government bill, the Law was designed to address Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On November 13, 2009, China's Ministry of Health issued the Technology Management Norms for Umbilical Cord Blood Hematopoietic Stem Cell [UCBHSC] Therapy. The stated purpose of the Norms is to standardize clinical use of such therapy On October 12, 2009, the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) approved fast-tracking of a three-year plan through which Taiwan's hospitals would be able to share patients' medical records via a Department of Health (DOH) On October 13, 2009, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) extended the application of the Prohibition of Genetic Intervention (Human Cloning and Genetic Change in Multiplying Cells) Law 5759-1999 until May 23, 2016. The Law was initially applicable On October 1, 2009, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) issued a scientific opinion on the health claims made by so- called probiotic products and energy drinks that contain taurine, a substance that supposedly stimulates the "mind On October 2, 2009, the Minister of Health Care and Social Services of the Russian Federation announced a government decision to extend the ban on human cloning for another five years. This ban was introduced in Among other changes, Italy's new law on traffic offenses imposes heavier penalties for illegal acts that occur in the overnight hours, between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. (Law 94, July 15, 2009, effective Aug. 8, 2009). On August 14, 2009, in a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court of Western Australia determined that the right to refuse medical treatment includes the informed refusal of all nourishment, including liquids for hydration. (Right to Refuse On August 18, 2009, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of the People's Republic of China, together with seven other central government departments, published the Implementation Opinions on Establishing The reuse of food in restaurants in Korea has been a source of contention among consumers, the government, and restaurants. Korean cuisine features small side dishes that complement the main dish. When patrons leave amounts of On June 30, 2009, the French National Assembly adopted a draft law on the compensation of victims of French nuclear testing (Projet de loi relative andagrave; la reconnaissance et andagrave; l'indemnisation des victimes des essais nucl;aires A draft reproductive health bill currently under consideration by a committee of the Rwandan Parliament calls for forcible sterilization of the mentally disabled and includes "three particularly troublesome provisions" on HIV testing, according to a Human In 2007, the European Commission issued a Green Paper on Bio-Preparedness to initiate consultation at the European Union level between national authorities responsible for risk prevention and response, especially those engaged in public health, customs, and China's Deputy Minister of Health, Chen Xiaohong, announced on June 12, 2009, that in the near future China will establish its first national food safety risk assessment system, to include a new national commission, a network It was reported on June 3, 2009, that the Council of Pallisa District, one of 80 districts in Uganda, will soon pass a by-law dealing with a host of issues ranging from daytime drinking, to hygiene, The opposition party in the Danish Parliament has been leading efforts to enact stricter controls on dangerous dogs. Now that the measures have support from the Social Democrats, the Socialist People's Party, and the Danish People's In order to combat bird and swine flu, on April 29, 2009, the People's Assembly of Egypt passed a law regulating the trade in live poultry. During the same session, the Parliament also ordered the executive It was reported on May 5, 2009, that as part of an effort to put an end to the rampant problem of the erection of unsafe buildings that do not meet city codes, the Governor of On April 8, 2009, President Alan Garcia Perez of Peru signed a framework law on universal health coverage. The law guarantees the full right of every individual to social security in matters of health and sets According to the Director-General of the Bureau of Medical Affairs of Taiwan's Department of Health (DOH), Shih Chung-liang, in comments made on April 15, 2009, new stem cell storage companies including new umbilical cord banks Tanzania's National Assembly passed a bill on April 22, 2009, that will make it possible to administer and regulate application of DNA technology in the country. According to David Msakyusa, the Minister for Health and Social It was reported on April 13, 2009, that the Ugandan Parliament passed a motion asking the government to promulgate a law regulating traditional healers and their practices. Christopher Kibazanga, the representative who put forward the motion, The Public Prosecutor's Office in Italy has begun investigation into the damage that resulted from the April 2009 earthquake, in which nearly 300 people died and there was a great deal of damage to structures. The On March 24, 2009, Singapore's Parliament adopted a controversial amendment to the Human Organ Transplant Law that will permit reimbursement for altruistic living organ donations. The United States and the United Kingdom, among other countries, already The Cabinet of Nepal recently approved a bill to broaden the scope of potential kidney donors. The current Human Organ Transplant Act 1998, in order to control open trading in kidneys, limits potential donors to immediate It was reported on March 9, 2009, that the Tobacco Control Bill of Nigeria of 2009, currently under consideration on the floor of the Nigerian legislature, is under attack. The Chairman of the Senate Committee on On February 28, 2009, the People's Republic of China Food Safety Law was passed by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress. Effective from June 1, 2009, the new Food Safety Law, containing 104 articles, It was reported on March 24, 2009, that the Registrar of the Environmental Health Officers Registration Council of Nigeria, Augustine Ebisike, called for the passage of the Environmental Health Control and Enforcement Sanitation Act, which has A High Court ruling has caused concern that cyclists in England not wearing helmets while riding their bikes could face a reduction in compensation for accidents, even where they are not at fault. There is no The Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia has issued Resolution 35/50 on assisting children who suffer from Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). The Resolution is considered a landmark law in the field of children's health. The newly On February 24, 2009, the Mexican Secretary of Health, Jos; andAacute;ngel Cordova Villalobos, announced that Spain has agreed to support the Mesoamerican Integration and Development Project (Proyecto de Integracion y Desarrollo de Mesoam;rica). Once known as On February 17, 2009, the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam announced new, more stringent measures against drunk driving. The provisions, which amend the Law on Road Traffic passed in November 2008 by the... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 02 Mar 2009 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401047_text Global Legal Monitor: Ethiopia: New Law to Impose Mandatory Health Insurance http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540989_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to It was reported on March 2, 2011, that the Finnish government failed to produce a legislative proposal on restricting image advertising of alcoholic beverages. The development took place in a meeting between negotiators for the Parliamentary The European Union Directive 2011/8/EU enters into force on March 1, 2011. It contains an important provision for protecting the health of the most vulnerable group of consumer, infants, because it prohibits the manufacturing of baby The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, diagnosis, and detection of the origin and treatment of degenerative On January 24, 2011, the South African Department of Health released a proposal, the National Health Amendment Bill, which, if approved by the National Assembly, will establish an oversight body -- the Office of Health Standards The Environment Management Directorate General of Turkey announced on December 30, 2010, that effective December 31 a regulation banning the production, use, and supply of asbestos would take effect in the country. A partial ban has On November 3, 2010, China's Ministries of Health, Agriculture, and Commerce, together with other government agencies, jointly issued the Measures for Administration of Release of Food Safety Information. Food safety information includes data compiled or On December 6, 2010, the Ministry of Health Care and Social Development of the Russian Federation submitted its version of the Biomedical Cell Technologies Act to the Cabinet of Ministers for that body's approval and recommendation Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a It was reported on November 4, 2010, that a group of individuals in Nigeria living with HIV/AIDS have instituted a civil action against the Nigerian federal government for importing defective condoms; it was the use of On October 26, 2010, the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa - Agencia Nacional de Vigilandacirc;ncia Sanitandaacute;ria) issued an Administrative Act (Resoluandccedil;andatilde;o da Diretoria Colegiada RDC No. 44, de 26 de Outubro de 2010) regulating On September 23, 2010, the Finnish government announced new guidelines for the care of the dying. The new rules apply to both public and private institutions and state that a patient's wishes must be taken into It was reported on September 7, 2010, that Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki has signed into law the Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill, 2009 (the law), which seeks to dramatically shift Kenya's policy on the regulation of production, On August 26, 2010, Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, announced a plan to amend that country's laws so that the free medical facilities that are provided to all citizens will no longer be available On July 6, 2010, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) issued a decision that permits pre-implantation testing to screen for serious genetic defects (Docket No. 5 StR 386/09, http://juris.bundesgerichtshof.de/cgi-bin/rechtsprechung/document.py?Gericht=bghandamp;Art=pmandamp;Datum=2010andamp;Sort=3andamp;anz=160andamp;pos=23andamp;nr=52897andamp;linked=urtandamp;Blank=1andamp;file=dokument.pdf). The decision interprets section 1(1) On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Pharmacists Ordinance (New Version), 5741-1981, thereby extending the requirement of labeling, previously applicable to prescription medications, to over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. According to the amendment, On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the National Health Insurance Law extending coverage for dental care to all Israeli residents. The amendment authorizes the Minister of Health to recognize dental On June 7, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a comprehensive law regulating the donation of eggs to women who wish to give birth, but are otherwise unable to do so, and the use of unused On June 28, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a law authorizing the Minister of Health to issue regulations requiring the labeling of nutritional information about sugars in pre-packaged food. The further information on sugar content, On June 7, 2010, Dr. Richard Sezibera the Minister of Health, introduced a bill on banning smoking in public places to the Rwandan Parliament for floor action. (Edwin Musoni, Anti-Smoking Bill Goes to Parliament, THE NEW On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of It was reported on June 2, 2010, that six women represented by the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC), a local public-interest law firm, are suing the Namibian government for allegedly sterilizing them without their consent on account On May 19, 2010, the European Parliament approved a draft Directive on Standards of Quality and Safety of Human Organs Intended for Transplantation, initially proposed by the European Commission in August 2008. The Parliament, which adopted On May 18, 2010, the HIV Prevention and Control Bill, which seeks to control the spread of the disease and put in place safeguards to protect individuals living with HIV/AIDS, was proposed to the Ugandan Parliament The European Union is currently working on drafting new legislation to regulate online sales of medicines. The subject had been omitted from a previous Directive on counterfeit medicines proposed by the European Commission in 2008, which It was reported on May 6, 2010, that five Danish companies have recently been fined for adding a banned dye to salmon. The additive, sodium nitrite, was found by inspectors from the Danish Veterinary and Food Belgium's Law of March 31, 2010, on the Compensation for Damages Resulting from Medical Care, was published in the Moniteur Belge, Belgium's official gazette, on April 2, 2010. (Loi du 31 mars 2010 relative andagrave; l'indemnisation On March 17, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Fighting of the Phenomena of Drunkenness (Temporary Provision and Amendment) Law, 5770-2010. According to explanatory notes for the government bill, the Law was designed to address Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On November 13, 2009, China's Ministry of Health issued the Technology Management Norms for Umbilical Cord Blood Hematopoietic Stem Cell [UCBHSC] Therapy. The stated purpose of the Norms is to standardize clinical use of such therapy On October 12, 2009, the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) approved fast-tracking of a three-year plan through which Taiwan's hospitals would be able to share patients' medical records via a Department of Health (DOH) On October 13, 2009, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) extended the application of the Prohibition of Genetic Intervention (Human Cloning and Genetic Change in Multiplying Cells) Law 5759-1999 until May 23, 2016. The Law was initially applicable On October 1, 2009, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) issued a scientific opinion on the health claims made by so- called probiotic products and energy drinks that contain taurine, a substance that supposedly stimulates the "mind On October 2, 2009, the Minister of Health Care and Social Services of the Russian Federation announced a government decision to extend the ban on human cloning for another five years. This ban was introduced in Among other changes, Italy's new law on traffic offenses imposes heavier penalties for illegal acts that occur in the overnight hours, between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. (Law 94, July 15, 2009, effective Aug. 8, 2009). On August 14, 2009, in a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court of Western Australia determined that the right to refuse medical treatment includes the informed refusal of all nourishment, including liquids for hydration. (Right to Refuse On August 18, 2009, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of the People's Republic of China, together with seven other central government departments, published the Implementation Opinions on Establishing The reuse of food in restaurants in Korea has been a source of contention among consumers, the government, and restaurants. Korean cuisine features small side dishes that complement the main dish. When patrons leave amounts of On June 30, 2009, the French National Assembly adopted a draft law on the compensation of victims of French nuclear testing (Projet de loi relative andagrave; la reconnaissance et andagrave; l'indemnisation des victimes des essais nucl;aires A draft reproductive health bill currently under consideration by a committee of the Rwandan Parliament calls for forcible sterilization of the mentally disabled and includes "three particularly troublesome provisions" on HIV testing, according to a Human In 2007, the European Commission issued a Green Paper on Bio-Preparedness to initiate consultation at the European Union level between national authorities responsible for risk prevention and response, especially those engaged in public health, customs, and China's Deputy Minister of Health, Chen Xiaohong, announced on June 12, 2009, that in the near future China will establish its first national food safety risk assessment system, to include a new national commission, a network It was reported on June 3, 2009, that the Council of Pallisa District, one of 80 districts in Uganda, will soon pass a by-law dealing with a host of issues ranging from daytime drinking, to hygiene, The opposition party in the Danish Parliament has been leading efforts to enact stricter controls on dangerous dogs. Now that the measures have support from the Social Democrats, the Socialist People's Party, and the Danish People's In order to combat bird and swine flu, on April 29, 2009, the People's Assembly of Egypt passed a law regulating the trade in live poultry. During the same session, the Parliament also ordered the executive It was reported on May 5, 2009, that as part of an effort to put an end to the rampant problem of the erection of unsafe buildings that do not meet city codes, the Governor of On April 8, 2009, President Alan Garcia Perez of Peru signed a framework law on universal health coverage. The law guarantees the full right of every individual to social security in matters of health and sets According to the Director-General of the Bureau of Medical Affairs of Taiwan's Department of Health (DOH), Shih Chung-liang, in comments made on April 15, 2009, new stem cell storage companies including new umbilical cord banks Tanzania's National Assembly passed a bill on April 22, 2009, that will make it possible to administer and regulate application of DNA technology in the country. According to David Msakyusa, the Minister for Health and Social It was reported on April 13, 2009, that the Ugandan Parliament passed a motion asking the government to promulgate a law regulating traditional healers and their practices. Christopher Kibazanga, the representative who put forward the motion, The Public Prosecutor's Office in Italy has begun investigation into the damage that resulted from the April 2009 earthquake, in which nearly 300 people died and there was a great deal of damage to structures. The On March 24, 2009, Singapore's Parliament adopted a controversial amendment to the Human Organ Transplant Law that will permit reimbursement for altruistic living organ donations. The United States and the United Kingdom, among other countries, already The Cabinet of Nepal recently approved a bill to broaden the scope of potential kidney donors. The current Human Organ Transplant Act 1998, in order to control open trading in kidneys, limits potential donors to immediate It was reported on March 9, 2009, that the Tobacco Control Bill of Nigeria of 2009, currently under consideration on the floor of the Nigerian legislature, is under attack. The Chairman of the Senate Committee on On February 28, 2009, the People's Republic of China Food Safety Law was passed by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress. Effective from June 1, 2009, the new Food Safety Law, containing 104 articles, It was reported on March 24, 2009, that the Registrar of the Environmental Health Officers Registration Council of Nigeria, Augustine Ebisike, called for the passage of the Environmental Health Control and Enforcement Sanitation Act, which has A High Court ruling has caused concern that cyclists in England not wearing helmets while riding their bikes could face a reduction in compensation for accidents, even where they are not at fault. There is no The Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia has issued Resolution 35/50 on assisting children who suffer from Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). The Resolution is considered a landmark law in the field of children's health. The newly On February 24, 2009, the Mexican Secretary of Health, Jos; andAacute;ngel Cordova Villalobos, announced that Spain has agreed to support the Mesoamerican Integration and Development Project (Proyecto de Integracion y Desarrollo de Mesoam;rica). Once known as On February 17, 2009, the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam announced new, more stringent measures against drunk driving. The provisions, which amend the Law on Road Traffic passed in November 2008 by the It was reported on February 2, 2009, that health officials of Ethiopia's Federal Government have proposed a new bill that seeks to make health insurance mandatory for anyone with a job. If passed into law, this... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 12 Feb 2009 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540989_text Global Legal Monitor: France: Prohibition on Blood Donation by Gay Men http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540966_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to It was reported on March 2, 2011, that the Finnish government failed to produce a legislative proposal on restricting image advertising of alcoholic beverages. The development took place in a meeting between negotiators for the Parliamentary The European Union Directive 2011/8/EU enters into force on March 1, 2011. It contains an important provision for protecting the health of the most vulnerable group of consumer, infants, because it prohibits the manufacturing of baby The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, diagnosis, and detection of the origin and treatment of degenerative On January 24, 2011, the South African Department of Health released a proposal, the National Health Amendment Bill, which, if approved by the National Assembly, will establish an oversight body -- the Office of Health Standards The Environment Management Directorate General of Turkey announced on December 30, 2010, that effective December 31 a regulation banning the production, use, and supply of asbestos would take effect in the country. A partial ban has On November 3, 2010, China's Ministries of Health, Agriculture, and Commerce, together with other government agencies, jointly issued the Measures for Administration of Release of Food Safety Information. Food safety information includes data compiled or On December 6, 2010, the Ministry of Health Care and Social Development of the Russian Federation submitted its version of the Biomedical Cell Technologies Act to the Cabinet of Ministers for that body's approval and recommendation Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a It was reported on November 4, 2010, that a group of individuals in Nigeria living with HIV/AIDS have instituted a civil action against the Nigerian federal government for importing defective condoms; it was the use of On October 26, 2010, the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa - Agencia Nacional de Vigilandacirc;ncia Sanitandaacute;ria) issued an Administrative Act (Resoluandccedil;andatilde;o da Diretoria Colegiada RDC No. 44, de 26 de Outubro de 2010) regulating On September 23, 2010, the Finnish government announced new guidelines for the care of the dying. The new rules apply to both public and private institutions and state that a patient's wishes must be taken into It was reported on September 7, 2010, that Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki has signed into law the Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill, 2009 (the law), which seeks to dramatically shift Kenya's policy on the regulation of production, On August 26, 2010, Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, announced a plan to amend that country's laws so that the free medical facilities that are provided to all citizens will no longer be available On July 6, 2010, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) issued a decision that permits pre-implantation testing to screen for serious genetic defects (Docket No. 5 StR 386/09, http://juris.bundesgerichtshof.de/cgi-bin/rechtsprechung/document.py?Gericht=bghandamp;Art=pmandamp;Datum=2010andamp;Sort=3andamp;anz=160andamp;pos=23andamp;nr=52897andamp;linked=urtandamp;Blank=1andamp;file=dokument.pdf). The decision interprets section 1(1) On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Pharmacists Ordinance (New Version), 5741-1981, thereby extending the requirement of labeling, previously applicable to prescription medications, to over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. According to the amendment, On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the National Health Insurance Law extending coverage for dental care to all Israeli residents. The amendment authorizes the Minister of Health to recognize dental On June 7, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a comprehensive law regulating the donation of eggs to women who wish to give birth, but are otherwise unable to do so, and the use of unused On June 28, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a law authorizing the Minister of Health to issue regulations requiring the labeling of nutritional information about sugars in pre-packaged food. The further information on sugar content, On June 7, 2010, Dr. Richard Sezibera the Minister of Health, introduced a bill on banning smoking in public places to the Rwandan Parliament for floor action. (Edwin Musoni, Anti-Smoking Bill Goes to Parliament, THE NEW On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of It was reported on June 2, 2010, that six women represented by the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC), a local public-interest law firm, are suing the Namibian government for allegedly sterilizing them without their consent on account On May 19, 2010, the European Parliament approved a draft Directive on Standards of Quality and Safety of Human Organs Intended for Transplantation, initially proposed by the European Commission in August 2008. The Parliament, which adopted On May 18, 2010, the HIV Prevention and Control Bill, which seeks to control the spread of the disease and put in place safeguards to protect individuals living with HIV/AIDS, was proposed to the Ugandan Parliament The European Union is currently working on drafting new legislation to regulate online sales of medicines. The subject had been omitted from a previous Directive on counterfeit medicines proposed by the European Commission in 2008, which It was reported on May 6, 2010, that five Danish companies have recently been fined for adding a banned dye to salmon. The additive, sodium nitrite, was found by inspectors from the Danish Veterinary and Food Belgium's Law of March 31, 2010, on the Compensation for Damages Resulting from Medical Care, was published in the Moniteur Belge, Belgium's official gazette, on April 2, 2010. (Loi du 31 mars 2010 relative andagrave; l'indemnisation On March 17, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Fighting of the Phenomena of Drunkenness (Temporary Provision and Amendment) Law, 5770-2010. According to explanatory notes for the government bill, the Law was designed to address Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On November 13, 2009, China's Ministry of Health issued the Technology Management Norms for Umbilical Cord Blood Hematopoietic Stem Cell [UCBHSC] Therapy. The stated purpose of the Norms is to standardize clinical use of such therapy On October 12, 2009, the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) approved fast-tracking of a three-year plan through which Taiwan's hospitals would be able to share patients' medical records via a Department of Health (DOH) On October 13, 2009, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) extended the application of the Prohibition of Genetic Intervention (Human Cloning and Genetic Change in Multiplying Cells) Law 5759-1999 until May 23, 2016. The Law was initially applicable On October 1, 2009, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) issued a scientific opinion on the health claims made by so- called probiotic products and energy drinks that contain taurine, a substance that supposedly stimulates the "mind On October 2, 2009, the Minister of Health Care and Social Services of the Russian Federation announced a government decision to extend the ban on human cloning for another five years. This ban was introduced in Among other changes, Italy's new law on traffic offenses imposes heavier penalties for illegal acts that occur in the overnight hours, between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. (Law 94, July 15, 2009, effective Aug. 8, 2009). On August 14, 2009, in a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court of Western Australia determined that the right to refuse medical treatment includes the informed refusal of all nourishment, including liquids for hydration. (Right to Refuse On August 18, 2009, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of the People's Republic of China, together with seven other central government departments, published the Implementation Opinions on Establishing The reuse of food in restaurants in Korea has been a source of contention among consumers, the government, and restaurants. Korean cuisine features small side dishes that complement the main dish. When patrons leave amounts of On June 30, 2009, the French National Assembly adopted a draft law on the compensation of victims of French nuclear testing (Projet de loi relative andagrave; la reconnaissance et andagrave; l'indemnisation des victimes des essais nucl;aires A draft reproductive health bill currently under consideration by a committee of the Rwandan Parliament calls for forcible sterilization of the mentally disabled and includes "three particularly troublesome provisions" on HIV testing, according to a Human In 2007, the European Commission issued a Green Paper on Bio-Preparedness to initiate consultation at the European Union level between national authorities responsible for risk prevention and response, especially those engaged in public health, customs, and China's Deputy Minister of Health, Chen Xiaohong, announced on June 12, 2009, that in the near future China will establish its first national food safety risk assessment system, to include a new national commission, a network It was reported on June 3, 2009, that the Council of Pallisa District, one of 80 districts in Uganda, will soon pass a by-law dealing with a host of issues ranging from daytime drinking, to hygiene, The opposition party in the Danish Parliament has been leading efforts to enact stricter controls on dangerous dogs. Now that the measures have support from the Social Democrats, the Socialist People's Party, and the Danish People's In order to combat bird and swine flu, on April 29, 2009, the People's Assembly of Egypt passed a law regulating the trade in live poultry. During the same session, the Parliament also ordered the executive It was reported on May 5, 2009, that as part of an effort to put an end to the rampant problem of the erection of unsafe buildings that do not meet city codes, the Governor of On April 8, 2009, President Alan Garcia Perez of Peru signed a framework law on universal health coverage. The law guarantees the full right of every individual to social security in matters of health and sets According to the Director-General of the Bureau of Medical Affairs of Taiwan's Department of Health (DOH), Shih Chung-liang, in comments made on April 15, 2009, new stem cell storage companies including new umbilical cord banks Tanzania's National Assembly passed a bill on April 22, 2009, that will make it possible to administer and regulate application of DNA technology in the country. According to David Msakyusa, the Minister for Health and Social It was reported on April 13, 2009, that the Ugandan Parliament passed a motion asking the government to promulgate a law regulating traditional healers and their practices. Christopher Kibazanga, the representative who put forward the motion, The Public Prosecutor's Office in Italy has begun investigation into the damage that resulted from the April 2009 earthquake, in which nearly 300 people died and there was a great deal of damage to structures. The On March 24, 2009, Singapore's Parliament adopted a controversial amendment to the Human Organ Transplant Law that will permit reimbursement for altruistic living organ donations. The United States and the United Kingdom, among other countries, already The Cabinet of Nepal recently approved a bill to broaden the scope of potential kidney donors. The current Human Organ Transplant Act 1998, in order to control open trading in kidneys, limits potential donors to immediate It was reported on March 9, 2009, that the Tobacco Control Bill of Nigeria of 2009, currently under consideration on the floor of the Nigerian legislature, is under attack. The Chairman of the Senate Committee on On February 28, 2009, the People's Republic of China Food Safety Law was passed by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress. Effective from June 1, 2009, the new Food Safety Law, containing 104 articles, It was reported on March 24, 2009, that the Registrar of the Environmental Health Officers Registration Council of Nigeria, Augustine Ebisike, called for the passage of the Environmental Health Control and Enforcement Sanitation Act, which has A High Court ruling has caused concern that cyclists in England not wearing helmets while riding their bikes could face a reduction in compensation for accidents, even where they are not at fault. There is no The Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia has issued Resolution 35/50 on assisting children who suffer from Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). The Resolution is considered a landmark law in the field of children's health. The newly On February 24, 2009, the Mexican Secretary of Health, Jos; andAacute;ngel Cordova Villalobos, announced that Spain has agreed to support the Mesoamerican Integration and Development Project (Proyecto de Integracion y Desarrollo de Mesoam;rica). Once known as On February 17, 2009, the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam announced new, more stringent measures against drunk driving. The provisions, which amend the Law on Road Traffic passed in November 2008 by the It was reported on February 2, 2009, that health officials of Ethiopia's Federal Government have proposed a new bill that seeks to make health insurance mandatory for anyone with a job. If passed into law, this France's Minister of Health recently signed a regulation increasing the maximum age for donating blood to 70 from 65. The regulation also reiterates the prohibition on blood donations by gay men. During an interview, the Minister... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 04 Feb 2009 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540966_text Global Legal Monitor: Uruguay: President Signs Sexual and Reproductive Health Law http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540975_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to It was reported on March 2, 2011, that the Finnish government failed to produce a legislative proposal on restricting image advertising of alcoholic beverages. The development took place in a meeting between negotiators for the Parliamentary The European Union Directive 2011/8/EU enters into force on March 1, 2011. It contains an important provision for protecting the health of the most vulnerable group of consumer, infants, because it prohibits the manufacturing of baby The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, diagnosis, and detection of the origin and treatment of degenerative On January 24, 2011, the South African Department of Health released a proposal, the National Health Amendment Bill, which, if approved by the National Assembly, will establish an oversight body -- the Office of Health Standards The Environment Management Directorate General of Turkey announced on December 30, 2010, that effective December 31 a regulation banning the production, use, and supply of asbestos would take effect in the country. A partial ban has On November 3, 2010, China's Ministries of Health, Agriculture, and Commerce, together with other government agencies, jointly issued the Measures for Administration of Release of Food Safety Information. Food safety information includes data compiled or On December 6, 2010, the Ministry of Health Care and Social Development of the Russian Federation submitted its version of the Biomedical Cell Technologies Act to the Cabinet of Ministers for that body's approval and recommendation Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a It was reported on November 4, 2010, that a group of individuals in Nigeria living with HIV/AIDS have instituted a civil action against the Nigerian federal government for importing defective condoms; it was the use of On October 26, 2010, the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa - Agencia Nacional de Vigilandacirc;ncia Sanitandaacute;ria) issued an Administrative Act (Resoluandccedil;andatilde;o da Diretoria Colegiada RDC No. 44, de 26 de Outubro de 2010) regulating On September 23, 2010, the Finnish government announced new guidelines for the care of the dying. The new rules apply to both public and private institutions and state that a patient's wishes must be taken into It was reported on September 7, 2010, that Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki has signed into law the Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill, 2009 (the law), which seeks to dramatically shift Kenya's policy on the regulation of production, On August 26, 2010, Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, announced a plan to amend that country's laws so that the free medical facilities that are provided to all citizens will no longer be available On July 6, 2010, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) issued a decision that permits pre-implantation testing to screen for serious genetic defects (Docket No. 5 StR 386/09, http://juris.bundesgerichtshof.de/cgi-bin/rechtsprechung/document.py?Gericht=bghandamp;Art=pmandamp;Datum=2010andamp;Sort=3andamp;anz=160andamp;pos=23andamp;nr=52897andamp;linked=urtandamp;Blank=1andamp;file=dokument.pdf). The decision interprets section 1(1) On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Pharmacists Ordinance (New Version), 5741-1981, thereby extending the requirement of labeling, previously applicable to prescription medications, to over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. According to the amendment, On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the National Health Insurance Law extending coverage for dental care to all Israeli residents. The amendment authorizes the Minister of Health to recognize dental On June 7, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a comprehensive law regulating the donation of eggs to women who wish to give birth, but are otherwise unable to do so, and the use of unused On June 28, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a law authorizing the Minister of Health to issue regulations requiring the labeling of nutritional information about sugars in pre-packaged food. The further information on sugar content, On June 7, 2010, Dr. Richard Sezibera the Minister of Health, introduced a bill on banning smoking in public places to the Rwandan Parliament for floor action. (Edwin Musoni, Anti-Smoking Bill Goes to Parliament, THE NEW On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of It was reported on June 2, 2010, that six women represented by the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC), a local public-interest law firm, are suing the Namibian government for allegedly sterilizing them without their consent on account On May 19, 2010, the European Parliament approved a draft Directive on Standards of Quality and Safety of Human Organs Intended for Transplantation, initially proposed by the European Commission in August 2008. The Parliament, which adopted On May 18, 2010, the HIV Prevention and Control Bill, which seeks to control the spread of the disease and put in place safeguards to protect individuals living with HIV/AIDS, was proposed to the Ugandan Parliament The European Union is currently working on drafting new legislation to regulate online sales of medicines. The subject had been omitted from a previous Directive on counterfeit medicines proposed by the European Commission in 2008, which It was reported on May 6, 2010, that five Danish companies have recently been fined for adding a banned dye to salmon. The additive, sodium nitrite, was found by inspectors from the Danish Veterinary and Food Belgium's Law of March 31, 2010, on the Compensation for Damages Resulting from Medical Care, was published in the Moniteur Belge, Belgium's official gazette, on April 2, 2010. (Loi du 31 mars 2010 relative andagrave; l'indemnisation On March 17, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Fighting of the Phenomena of Drunkenness (Temporary Provision and Amendment) Law, 5770-2010. According to explanatory notes for the government bill, the Law was designed to address Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On November 13, 2009, China's Ministry of Health issued the Technology Management Norms for Umbilical Cord Blood Hematopoietic Stem Cell [UCBHSC] Therapy. The stated purpose of the Norms is to standardize clinical use of such therapy On October 12, 2009, the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) approved fast-tracking of a three-year plan through which Taiwan's hospitals would be able to share patients' medical records via a Department of Health (DOH) On October 13, 2009, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) extended the application of the Prohibition of Genetic Intervention (Human Cloning and Genetic Change in Multiplying Cells) Law 5759-1999 until May 23, 2016. The Law was initially applicable On October 1, 2009, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) issued a scientific opinion on the health claims made by so- called probiotic products and energy drinks that contain taurine, a substance that supposedly stimulates the "mind On October 2, 2009, the Minister of Health Care and Social Services of the Russian Federation announced a government decision to extend the ban on human cloning for another five years. This ban was introduced in Among other changes, Italy's new law on traffic offenses imposes heavier penalties for illegal acts that occur in the overnight hours, between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. (Law 94, July 15, 2009, effective Aug. 8, 2009). On August 14, 2009, in a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court of Western Australia determined that the right to refuse medical treatment includes the informed refusal of all nourishment, including liquids for hydration. (Right to Refuse On August 18, 2009, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of the People's Republic of China, together with seven other central government departments, published the Implementation Opinions on Establishing The reuse of food in restaurants in Korea has been a source of contention among consumers, the government, and restaurants. Korean cuisine features small side dishes that complement the main dish. When patrons leave amounts of On June 30, 2009, the French National Assembly adopted a draft law on the compensation of victims of French nuclear testing (Projet de loi relative andagrave; la reconnaissance et andagrave; l'indemnisation des victimes des essais nucl;aires A draft reproductive health bill currently under consideration by a committee of the Rwandan Parliament calls for forcible sterilization of the mentally disabled and includes "three particularly troublesome provisions" on HIV testing, according to a Human In 2007, the European Commission issued a Green Paper on Bio-Preparedness to initiate consultation at the European Union level between national authorities responsible for risk prevention and response, especially those engaged in public health, customs, and China's Deputy Minister of Health, Chen Xiaohong, announced on June 12, 2009, that in the near future China will establish its first national food safety risk assessment system, to include a new national commission, a network It was reported on June 3, 2009, that the Council of Pallisa District, one of 80 districts in Uganda, will soon pass a by-law dealing with a host of issues ranging from daytime drinking, to hygiene, The opposition party in the Danish Parliament has been leading efforts to enact stricter controls on dangerous dogs. Now that the measures have support from the Social Democrats, the Socialist People's Party, and the Danish People's In order to combat bird and swine flu, on April 29, 2009, the People's Assembly of Egypt passed a law regulating the trade in live poultry. During the same session, the Parliament also ordered the executive It was reported on May 5, 2009, that as part of an effort to put an end to the rampant problem of the erection of unsafe buildings that do not meet city codes, the Governor of On April 8, 2009, President Alan Garcia Perez of Peru signed a framework law on universal health coverage. The law guarantees the full right of every individual to social security in matters of health and sets According to the Director-General of the Bureau of Medical Affairs of Taiwan's Department of Health (DOH), Shih Chung-liang, in comments made on April 15, 2009, new stem cell storage companies including new umbilical cord banks Tanzania's National Assembly passed a bill on April 22, 2009, that will make it possible to administer and regulate application of DNA technology in the country. According to David Msakyusa, the Minister for Health and Social It was reported on April 13, 2009, that the Ugandan Parliament passed a motion asking the government to promulgate a law regulating traditional healers and their practices. Christopher Kibazanga, the representative who put forward the motion, The Public Prosecutor's Office in Italy has begun investigation into the damage that resulted from the April 2009 earthquake, in which nearly 300 people died and there was a great deal of damage to structures. The On March 24, 2009, Singapore's Parliament adopted a controversial amendment to the Human Organ Transplant Law that will permit reimbursement for altruistic living organ donations. The United States and the United Kingdom, among other countries, already The Cabinet of Nepal recently approved a bill to broaden the scope of potential kidney donors. The current Human Organ Transplant Act 1998, in order to control open trading in kidneys, limits potential donors to immediate It was reported on March 9, 2009, that the Tobacco Control Bill of Nigeria of 2009, currently under consideration on the floor of the Nigerian legislature, is under attack. The Chairman of the Senate Committee on On February 28, 2009, the People's Republic of China Food Safety Law was passed by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress. Effective from June 1, 2009, the new Food Safety Law, containing 104 articles, It was reported on March 24, 2009, that the Registrar of the Environmental Health Officers Registration Council of Nigeria, Augustine Ebisike, called for the passage of the Environmental Health Control and Enforcement Sanitation Act, which has A High Court ruling has caused concern that cyclists in England not wearing helmets while riding their bikes could face a reduction in compensation for accidents, even where they are not at fault. There is no The Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia has issued Resolution 35/50 on assisting children who suffer from Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). The Resolution is considered a landmark law in the field of children's health. The newly On February 24, 2009, the Mexican Secretary of Health, Jos; andAacute;ngel Cordova Villalobos, announced that Spain has agreed to support the Mesoamerican Integration and Development Project (Proyecto de Integracion y Desarrollo de Mesoam;rica). Once known as On February 17, 2009, the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam announced new, more stringent measures against drunk driving. The provisions, which amend the Law on Road Traffic passed in November 2008 by the It was reported on February 2, 2009, that health officials of Ethiopia's Federal Government have proposed a new bill that seeks to make health insurance mandatory for anyone with a job. If passed into law, this France's Minister of Health recently signed a regulation increasing the maximum age for donating blood to 70 from 65. The regulation also reiterates the prohibition on blood donations by gay men. During an interview, the Minister Uruguay's President Tabar; Vazquez signed a law on December 1, 2008, that establishes that the State will guarantee conditions for the full exercise of the sexual and reproductive rights of the entire population and, for that... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 03 Feb 2009 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540975_text Global Legal Monitor: Bangladesh: Ban on Milk Powder Withdrawn http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540943_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to It was reported on March 2, 2011, that the Finnish government failed to produce a legislative proposal on restricting image advertising of alcoholic beverages. The development took place in a meeting between negotiators for the Parliamentary The European Union Directive 2011/8/EU enters into force on March 1, 2011. It contains an important provision for protecting the health of the most vulnerable group of consumer, infants, because it prohibits the manufacturing of baby The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, diagnosis, and detection of the origin and treatment of degenerative On January 24, 2011, the South African Department of Health released a proposal, the National Health Amendment Bill, which, if approved by the National Assembly, will establish an oversight body -- the Office of Health Standards The Environment Management Directorate General of Turkey announced on December 30, 2010, that effective December 31 a regulation banning the production, use, and supply of asbestos would take effect in the country. A partial ban has On November 3, 2010, China's Ministries of Health, Agriculture, and Commerce, together with other government agencies, jointly issued the Measures for Administration of Release of Food Safety Information. Food safety information includes data compiled or On December 6, 2010, the Ministry of Health Care and Social Development of the Russian Federation submitted its version of the Biomedical Cell Technologies Act to the Cabinet of Ministers for that body's approval and recommendation Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a It was reported on November 4, 2010, that a group of individuals in Nigeria living with HIV/AIDS have instituted a civil action against the Nigerian federal government for importing defective condoms; it was the use of On October 26, 2010, the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa - Agencia Nacional de Vigilandacirc;ncia Sanitandaacute;ria) issued an Administrative Act (Resoluandccedil;andatilde;o da Diretoria Colegiada RDC No. 44, de 26 de Outubro de 2010) regulating On September 23, 2010, the Finnish government announced new guidelines for the care of the dying. The new rules apply to both public and private institutions and state that a patient's wishes must be taken into It was reported on September 7, 2010, that Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki has signed into law the Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill, 2009 (the law), which seeks to dramatically shift Kenya's policy on the regulation of production, On August 26, 2010, Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, announced a plan to amend that country's laws so that the free medical facilities that are provided to all citizens will no longer be available On July 6, 2010, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) issued a decision that permits pre-implantation testing to screen for serious genetic defects (Docket No. 5 StR 386/09, http://juris.bundesgerichtshof.de/cgi-bin/rechtsprechung/document.py?Gericht=bghandamp;Art=pmandamp;Datum=2010andamp;Sort=3andamp;anz=160andamp;pos=23andamp;nr=52897andamp;linked=urtandamp;Blank=1andamp;file=dokument.pdf). The decision interprets section 1(1) On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Pharmacists Ordinance (New Version), 5741-1981, thereby extending the requirement of labeling, previously applicable to prescription medications, to over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. According to the amendment, On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the National Health Insurance Law extending coverage for dental care to all Israeli residents. The amendment authorizes the Minister of Health to recognize dental On June 7, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a comprehensive law regulating the donation of eggs to women who wish to give birth, but are otherwise unable to do so, and the use of unused On June 28, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a law authorizing the Minister of Health to issue regulations requiring the labeling of nutritional information about sugars in pre-packaged food. The further information on sugar content, On June 7, 2010, Dr. Richard Sezibera the Minister of Health, introduced a bill on banning smoking in public places to the Rwandan Parliament for floor action. (Edwin Musoni, Anti-Smoking Bill Goes to Parliament, THE NEW On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of It was reported on June 2, 2010, that six women represented by the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC), a local public-interest law firm, are suing the Namibian government for allegedly sterilizing them without their consent on account On May 19, 2010, the European Parliament approved a draft Directive on Standards of Quality and Safety of Human Organs Intended for Transplantation, initially proposed by the European Commission in August 2008. The Parliament, which adopted On May 18, 2010, the HIV Prevention and Control Bill, which seeks to control the spread of the disease and put in place safeguards to protect individuals living with HIV/AIDS, was proposed to the Ugandan Parliament The European Union is currently working on drafting new legislation to regulate online sales of medicines. The subject had been omitted from a previous Directive on counterfeit medicines proposed by the European Commission in 2008, which It was reported on May 6, 2010, that five Danish companies have recently been fined for adding a banned dye to salmon. The additive, sodium nitrite, was found by inspectors from the Danish Veterinary and Food Belgium's Law of March 31, 2010, on the Compensation for Damages Resulting from Medical Care, was published in the Moniteur Belge, Belgium's official gazette, on April 2, 2010. (Loi du 31 mars 2010 relative andagrave; l'indemnisation On March 17, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Fighting of the Phenomena of Drunkenness (Temporary Provision and Amendment) Law, 5770-2010. According to explanatory notes for the government bill, the Law was designed to address Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On November 13, 2009, China's Ministry of Health issued the Technology Management Norms for Umbilical Cord Blood Hematopoietic Stem Cell [UCBHSC] Therapy. The stated purpose of the Norms is to standardize clinical use of such therapy On October 12, 2009, the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) approved fast-tracking of a three-year plan through which Taiwan's hospitals would be able to share patients' medical records via a Department of Health (DOH) On October 13, 2009, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) extended the application of the Prohibition of Genetic Intervention (Human Cloning and Genetic Change in Multiplying Cells) Law 5759-1999 until May 23, 2016. The Law was initially applicable On October 1, 2009, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) issued a scientific opinion on the health claims made by so- called probiotic products and energy drinks that contain taurine, a substance that supposedly stimulates the "mind On October 2, 2009, the Minister of Health Care and Social Services of the Russian Federation announced a government decision to extend the ban on human cloning for another five years. This ban was introduced in Among other changes, Italy's new law on traffic offenses imposes heavier penalties for illegal acts that occur in the overnight hours, between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. (Law 94, July 15, 2009, effective Aug. 8, 2009). On August 14, 2009, in a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court of Western Australia determined that the right to refuse medical treatment includes the informed refusal of all nourishment, including liquids for hydration. (Right to Refuse On August 18, 2009, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of the People's Republic of China, together with seven other central government departments, published the Implementation Opinions on Establishing The reuse of food in restaurants in Korea has been a source of contention among consumers, the government, and restaurants. Korean cuisine features small side dishes that complement the main dish. When patrons leave amounts of On June 30, 2009, the French National Assembly adopted a draft law on the compensation of victims of French nuclear testing (Projet de loi relative andagrave; la reconnaissance et andagrave; l'indemnisation des victimes des essais nucl;aires A draft reproductive health bill currently under consideration by a committee of the Rwandan Parliament calls for forcible sterilization of the mentally disabled and includes "three particularly troublesome provisions" on HIV testing, according to a Human In 2007, the European Commission issued a Green Paper on Bio-Preparedness to initiate consultation at the European Union level between national authorities responsible for risk prevention and response, especially those engaged in public health, customs, and China's Deputy Minister of Health, Chen Xiaohong, announced on June 12, 2009, that in the near future China will establish its first national food safety risk assessment system, to include a new national commission, a network It was reported on June 3, 2009, that the Council of Pallisa District, one of 80 districts in Uganda, will soon pass a by-law dealing with a host of issues ranging from daytime drinking, to hygiene, The opposition party in the Danish Parliament has been leading efforts to enact stricter controls on dangerous dogs. Now that the measures have support from the Social Democrats, the Socialist People's Party, and the Danish People's In order to combat bird and swine flu, on April 29, 2009, the People's Assembly of Egypt passed a law regulating the trade in live poultry. During the same session, the Parliament also ordered the executive It was reported on May 5, 2009, that as part of an effort to put an end to the rampant problem of the erection of unsafe buildings that do not meet city codes, the Governor of On April 8, 2009, President Alan Garcia Perez of Peru signed a framework law on universal health coverage. The law guarantees the full right of every individual to social security in matters of health and sets According to the Director-General of the Bureau of Medical Affairs of Taiwan's Department of Health (DOH), Shih Chung-liang, in comments made on April 15, 2009, new stem cell storage companies including new umbilical cord banks Tanzania's National Assembly passed a bill on April 22, 2009, that will make it possible to administer and regulate application of DNA technology in the country. According to David Msakyusa, the Minister for Health and Social It was reported on April 13, 2009, that the Ugandan Parliament passed a motion asking the government to promulgate a law regulating traditional healers and their practices. Christopher Kibazanga, the representative who put forward the motion, The Public Prosecutor's Office in Italy has begun investigation into the damage that resulted from the April 2009 earthquake, in which nearly 300 people died and there was a great deal of damage to structures. The On March 24, 2009, Singapore's Parliament adopted a controversial amendment to the Human Organ Transplant Law that will permit reimbursement for altruistic living organ donations. The United States and the United Kingdom, among other countries, already The Cabinet of Nepal recently approved a bill to broaden the scope of potential kidney donors. The current Human Organ Transplant Act 1998, in order to control open trading in kidneys, limits potential donors to immediate It was reported on March 9, 2009, that the Tobacco Control Bill of Nigeria of 2009, currently under consideration on the floor of the Nigerian legislature, is under attack. The Chairman of the Senate Committee on On February 28, 2009, the People's Republic of China Food Safety Law was passed by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress. Effective from June 1, 2009, the new Food Safety Law, containing 104 articles, It was reported on March 24, 2009, that the Registrar of the Environmental Health Officers Registration Council of Nigeria, Augustine Ebisike, called for the passage of the Environmental Health Control and Enforcement Sanitation Act, which has A High Court ruling has caused concern that cyclists in England not wearing helmets while riding their bikes could face a reduction in compensation for accidents, even where they are not at fault. There is no The Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia has issued Resolution 35/50 on assisting children who suffer from Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). The Resolution is considered a landmark law in the field of children's health. The newly On February 24, 2009, the Mexican Secretary of Health, Jos; andAacute;ngel Cordova Villalobos, announced that Spain has agreed to support the Mesoamerican Integration and Development Project (Proyecto de Integracion y Desarrollo de Mesoam;rica). Once known as On February 17, 2009, the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam announced new, more stringent measures against drunk driving. The provisions, which amend the Law on Road Traffic passed in November 2008 by the It was reported on February 2, 2009, that health officials of Ethiopia's Federal Government have proposed a new bill that seeks to make health insurance mandatory for anyone with a job. If passed into law, this France's Minister of Health recently signed a regulation increasing the maximum age for donating blood to 70 from 65. The regulation also reiterates the prohibition on blood donations by gay men. During an interview, the Minister Uruguay's President Tabar; Vazquez signed a law on December 1, 2008, that establishes that the State will guarantee conditions for the full exercise of the sexual and reproductive rights of the entire population and, for that On January 7, 2009, the High Court of Bangladesh withdrew its ban on the sale of five of the eight brands of milk powder it had previously banned, after laboratory tests found the five brands safe.... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 26 Jan 2009 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540943_text Global Legal Monitor: Sri Lanka: Plan to Charge Doctors for Leaving the Country http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540947_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to It was reported on March 2, 2011, that the Finnish government failed to produce a legislative proposal on restricting image advertising of alcoholic beverages. The development took place in a meeting between negotiators for the Parliamentary The European Union Directive 2011/8/EU enters into force on March 1, 2011. It contains an important provision for protecting the health of the most vulnerable group of consumer, infants, because it prohibits the manufacturing of baby The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, diagnosis, and detection of the origin and treatment of degenerative On January 24, 2011, the South African Department of Health released a proposal, the National Health Amendment Bill, which, if approved by the National Assembly, will establish an oversight body -- the Office of Health Standards The Environment Management Directorate General of Turkey announced on December 30, 2010, that effective December 31 a regulation banning the production, use, and supply of asbestos would take effect in the country. A partial ban has On November 3, 2010, China's Ministries of Health, Agriculture, and Commerce, together with other government agencies, jointly issued the Measures for Administration of Release of Food Safety Information. Food safety information includes data compiled or On December 6, 2010, the Ministry of Health Care and Social Development of the Russian Federation submitted its version of the Biomedical Cell Technologies Act to the Cabinet of Ministers for that body's approval and recommendation Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a It was reported on November 4, 2010, that a group of individuals in Nigeria living with HIV/AIDS have instituted a civil action against the Nigerian federal government for importing defective condoms; it was the use of On October 26, 2010, the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa - Agencia Nacional de Vigilandacirc;ncia Sanitandaacute;ria) issued an Administrative Act (Resoluandccedil;andatilde;o da Diretoria Colegiada RDC No. 44, de 26 de Outubro de 2010) regulating On September 23, 2010, the Finnish government announced new guidelines for the care of the dying. The new rules apply to both public and private institutions and state that a patient's wishes must be taken into It was reported on September 7, 2010, that Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki has signed into law the Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill, 2009 (the law), which seeks to dramatically shift Kenya's policy on the regulation of production, On August 26, 2010, Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, announced a plan to amend that country's laws so that the free medical facilities that are provided to all citizens will no longer be available On July 6, 2010, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) issued a decision that permits pre-implantation testing to screen for serious genetic defects (Docket No. 5 StR 386/09, http://juris.bundesgerichtshof.de/cgi-bin/rechtsprechung/document.py?Gericht=bghandamp;Art=pmandamp;Datum=2010andamp;Sort=3andamp;anz=160andamp;pos=23andamp;nr=52897andamp;linked=urtandamp;Blank=1andamp;file=dokument.pdf). The decision interprets section 1(1) On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Pharmacists Ordinance (New Version), 5741-1981, thereby extending the requirement of labeling, previously applicable to prescription medications, to over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. According to the amendment, On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the National Health Insurance Law extending coverage for dental care to all Israeli residents. The amendment authorizes the Minister of Health to recognize dental On June 7, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a comprehensive law regulating the donation of eggs to women who wish to give birth, but are otherwise unable to do so, and the use of unused On June 28, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a law authorizing the Minister of Health to issue regulations requiring the labeling of nutritional information about sugars in pre-packaged food. The further information on sugar content, On June 7, 2010, Dr. Richard Sezibera the Minister of Health, introduced a bill on banning smoking in public places to the Rwandan Parliament for floor action. (Edwin Musoni, Anti-Smoking Bill Goes to Parliament, THE NEW On June 3, 2010, Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a draft bill that would require those who conduct research on humans to obtain the informed written consent of their subjects. The impetus for accelerated formulation of It was reported on June 2, 2010, that six women represented by the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC), a local public-interest law firm, are suing the Namibian government for allegedly sterilizing them without their consent on account On May 19, 2010, the European Parliament approved a draft Directive on Standards of Quality and Safety of Human Organs Intended for Transplantation, initially proposed by the European Commission in August 2008. The Parliament, which adopted On May 18, 2010, the HIV Prevention and Control Bill, which seeks to control the spread of the disease and put in place safeguards to protect individuals living with HIV/AIDS, was proposed to the Ugandan Parliament The European Union is currently working on drafting new legislation to regulate online sales of medicines. The subject had been omitted from a previous Directive on counterfeit medicines proposed by the European Commission in 2008, which It was reported on May 6, 2010, that five Danish companies have recently been fined for adding a banned dye to salmon. The additive, sodium nitrite, was found by inspectors from the Danish Veterinary and Food Belgium's Law of March 31, 2010, on the Compensation for Damages Resulting from Medical Care, was published in the Moniteur Belge, Belgium's official gazette, on April 2, 2010. (Loi du 31 mars 2010 relative andagrave; l'indemnisation On March 17, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Fighting of the Phenomena of Drunkenness (Temporary Provision and Amendment) Law, 5770-2010. According to explanatory notes for the government bill, the Law was designed to address Taiwan's President promulgated the Statute on Human Biological Database Management on February 3, 2010. (Statute for Human Body Biological Database Management, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 34-44 (Feb. 3, 2010), http://content.glin.gov/summary/227862.) A On November 13, 2009, China's Ministry of Health issued the Technology Management Norms for Umbilical Cord Blood Hematopoietic Stem Cell [UCBHSC] Therapy. The stated purpose of the Norms is to standardize clinical use of such therapy On October 12, 2009, the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) approved fast-tracking of a three-year plan through which Taiwan's hospitals would be able to share patients' medical records via a Department of Health (DOH) On October 13, 2009, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) extended the application of the Prohibition of Genetic Intervention (Human Cloning and Genetic Change in Multiplying Cells) Law 5759-1999 until May 23, 2016. The Law was initially applicable On October 1, 2009, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) issued a scientific opinion on the health claims made by so- called probiotic products and energy drinks that contain taurine, a substance that supposedly stimulates the "mind On October 2, 2009, the Minister of Health Care and Social Services of the Russian Federation announced a government decision to extend the ban on human cloning for another five years. This ban was introduced in Among other changes, Italy's new law on traffic offenses imposes heavier penalties for illegal acts that occur in the overnight hours, between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. (Law 94, July 15, 2009, effective Aug. 8, 2009). On August 14, 2009, in a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court of Western Australia determined that the right to refuse medical treatment includes the informed refusal of all nourishment, including liquids for hydration. (Right to Refuse On August 18, 2009, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of the People's Republic of China, together with seven other central government departments, published the Implementation Opinions on Establishing The reuse of food in restaurants in Korea has been a source of contention among consumers, the government, and restaurants. Korean cuisine features small side dishes that complement the main dish. When patrons leave amounts of On June 30, 2009, the French National Assembly adopted a draft law on the compensation of victims of French nuclear testing (Projet de loi relative andagrave; la reconnaissance et andagrave; l'indemnisation des victimes des essais nucl;aires A draft reproductive health bill currently under consideration by a committee of the Rwandan Parliament calls for forcible sterilization of the mentally disabled and includes "three particularly troublesome provisions" on HIV testing, according to a Human In 2007, the European Commission issued a Green Paper on Bio-Preparedness to initiate consultation at the European Union level between national authorities responsible for risk prevention and response, especially those engaged in public health, customs, and China's Deputy Minister of Health, Chen Xiaohong, announced on June 12, 2009, that in the near future China will establish its first national food safety risk assessment system, to include a new national commission, a network It was reported on June 3, 2009, that the Council of Pallisa District, one of 80 districts in Uganda, will soon pass a by-law dealing with a host of issues ranging from daytime drinking, to hygiene, The opposition party in the Danish Parliament has been leading efforts to enact stricter controls on dangerous dogs. Now that the measures have support from the Social Democrats, the Socialist People's Party, and the Danish People's In order to combat bird and swine flu, on April 29, 2009, the People's Assembly of Egypt passed a law regulating the trade in live poultry. During the same session, the Parliament also ordered the executive It was reported on May 5, 2009, that as part of an effort to put an end to the rampant problem of the erection of unsafe buildings that do not meet city codes, the Governor of On April 8, 2009, President Alan Garcia Perez of Peru signed a framework law on universal health coverage. The law guarantees the full right of every individual to social security in matters of health and sets According to the Director-General of the Bureau of Medical Affairs of Taiwan's Department of Health (DOH), Shih Chung-liang, in comments made on April 15, 2009, new stem cell storage companies including new umbilical cord banks Tanzania's National Assembly passed a bill on April 22, 2009, that will make it possible to administer and regulate application of DNA technology in the country. According to David Msakyusa, the Minister for Health and Social It was reported on April 13, 2009, that the Ugandan Parliament passed a motion asking the government to promulgate a law regulating traditional healers and their practices. Christopher Kibazanga, the representative who put forward the motion, The Public Prosecutor's Office in Italy has begun investigation into the damage that resulted from the April 2009 earthquake, in which nearly 300 people died and there was a great deal of damage to structures. The On March 24, 2009, Singapore's Parliament adopted a controversial amendment to the Human Organ Transplant Law that will permit reimbursement for altruistic living organ donations. The United States and the United Kingdom, among other countries, already The Cabinet of Nepal recently approved a bill to broaden the scope of potential kidney donors. The current Human Organ Transplant Act 1998, in order to control open trading in kidneys, limits potential donors to immediate It was reported on March 9, 2009, that the Tobacco Control Bill of Nigeria of 2009, currently under consideration on the floor of the Nigerian legislature, is under attack. The Chairman of the Senate Committee on On February 28, 2009, the People's Republic of China Food Safety Law was passed by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress. Effective from June 1, 2009, the new Food Safety Law, containing 104 articles, It was reported on March 24, 2009, that the Registrar of the Environmental Health Officers Registration Council of Nigeria, Augustine Ebisike, called for the passage of the Environmental Health Control and Enforcement Sanitation Act, which has A High Court ruling has caused concern that cyclists in England not wearing helmets while riding their bikes could face a reduction in compensation for accidents, even where they are not at fault. There is no The Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia has issued Resolution 35/50 on assisting children who suffer from Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). The Resolution is considered a landmark law in the field of children's health. The newly On February 24, 2009, the Mexican Secretary of Health, Jos; andAacute;ngel Cordova Villalobos, announced that Spain has agreed to support the Mesoamerican Integration and Development Project (Proyecto de Integracion y Desarrollo de Mesoam;rica). Once known as On February 17, 2009, the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam announced new, more stringent measures against drunk driving. The provisions, which amend the Law on Road Traffic passed in November 2008 by the It was reported on February 2, 2009, that health officials of Ethiopia's Federal Government have proposed a new bill that seeks to make health insurance mandatory for anyone with a job. If passed into law, this France's Minister of Health recently signed a regulation increasing the maximum age for donating blood to 70 from 65. The regulation also reiterates the prohibition on blood donations by gay men. During an interview, the Minister Uruguay's President Tabar; Vazquez signed a law on December 1, 2008, that establishes that the State will guarantee conditions for the full exercise of the sexual and reproductive rights of the entire population and, for that On January 7, 2009, the High Court of Bangladesh withdrew its ban on the sale of five of the eight brands of milk powder it had previously banned, after laboratory tests found the five brands safe. According to the Deputy Health Director of Sri Lanka's Health Ministry, the government of that country is turning to the courts to implement a plan to receive payments from doctors who work abroad. The charges would... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 26 Jan 2009 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540947_text Global Legal Monitor: United States: California Supreme Court Rules Hospitals May Not "Balance Bill" Patients for Emergency Room Charges Rejected by HMOs http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540945_text Workers safety and health - The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with On September 1, 2013, a new European Union Regulation on Biocides entered into force. Biocides are chemicals used to control organisms that are harmful to human and animal health and to the environment, such as pests On August 27, 2013, the city of Venice announced a plan to better control boat traffic in the city's canals. Citing the need to increase safety following the August 17 death of a German tourist Denmark is in the midst of a debate on a revision of its health care law, and doctors in general practice are concerned about the proposed changes to how they work. In particular, some doctors have According to a May 2, 2013, press release from Denmark's Minister of Health and Prevention, Astrid Krag, the government is planning an overhaul of the country's health On February 25, 2013, Germany promulgated an Act Improving the Rights of Patients [hereinafter Patients' Rights Act]. (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechte von Patientinnen und Patienten,Bundesgesetzblatt [BGBl] I at 277.) The Act creates the "treatment On May 1, 2013, China's first Mental Health Law will enter into effect. The National Health and Family Planning Commission, a State Council commission created in March through the merger of the former Ministry of Health Japan's Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza was promulgated last year, on May 11, 2012 (Act No. 31 of 2012). The effective date was required to be within one year from the promulgation On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support all health and nutrition The recent amendment to Japan's Vaccination Law added haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), human papilloma virus (HPV), and pediatric streptococcus pneumoniae to the routine vaccination schedule. (Act The Supreme Court of Japan affirmed on January 11, 2013, that provisions of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law Enforcement Ordinance that banned certain online drug sales were illegal. (Mexico's Department of Health recently issued a Directive that allows the approval for sale of certain pharmaceuticals in Mexico, provided that they have previously been approved On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Organ Implantation Law, 5768-2008. According to explanatory notes to the original draft bill, the objective of the Law was to eliminate trade in On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy's Supreme Court had handed down a ruling based on its acceptance of the argument that there is a On August 13, 2012, China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) issued the Provisions for the Administration of a Drug Safety Blacklist (for Trial Implementation), to establish a blacklist system for pharmaceutical safety. The Provisions took On June 27, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered new Rules of Initial Medical Assistance issued by the Health Care and Social Protection Ministry. (Text [in Russian], CONSULTANT (last visited Aug. Turkey's Parliament passed a new law on July 4, 2012, to limit births by Cesarean section to cases of medical necessity. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared his opposition to C-section births in May and On May 28, 2012, the Brazilian government promulgated Law No. 12,653, to prohibit the practice of asking for collateral security (cheque cauandccedil;andatilde;o) or asking a patient to fill out administrative forms as a prior condition for On April 20, 2012, Kenya's High Court ordered the revision of the Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 on the grounds that in its current form the Act threatens access to affordable generic medicine. (Kenya Ruling Upholds There were no legally binding standards for acceptable levels of radioactivity in food in Japan when the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the country in March 2011. The Food Sanitation Law, however, had a provision that Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has announced it will impose strict regulation on the sale of Paracot, a widely used brand of the herbicide paraquat. The restrictions were first tried as a pilot project in Nuwara On March 19, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law for Restricting Weight in the Modeling Industry, 5772-2012. The Law defines a model as a person who is photographed for the purpose of the use On January 23, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Restriction on Advertisement and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages Law, 5772-2012. The Law prohibits advertisements of non-pharmaceutical beverages that contain more than 2% alcohol ("alcoholic beverages") on On December 29, 2011, the French Parliament adopted Law No. 2011-2012, on reinforcing drug safety, aimed at restoring public trust in the drug regulatory system following the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the As reported on September 14, 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Waste, Calin Georgescu, is proposing that an international legal regime be developed to manage toxic medical waste. The goal would On May 25, 2011, Brazil's Law No. 12,408 prohibiting the sale of spray paint to persons who are less than 18 of age was issued. This Law elaborates earlier legislation of February 12, 1998, which provided On March 28, 2011 the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prevention of Hazards from Asbestos and Harmful Dust Law, 5771-2011. This comprehensive legislation calls for the prevention and minimization of environmental and health hazards caused by Sri Lanka has resorted to fining individuals and businesses that do not take the necessary actions to curtail mosquito breeding as a part of the country's efforts to fight dengue fever. The program has proved to It was reported on March 2, 2011, that the Finnish government failed to produce a legislative proposal on restricting image advertising of alcoholic beverages. The development took place in a meeting between negotiators for the Parliamentary The European Union Directive 2011/8/EU enters into force on March 1, 2011. It contains an important provision for protecting the health of the most vulnerable group of consumer, infants, because it prohibits the manufacturing of baby The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, diagnosis, and detection of the origin and treatment of degenerative On January 24, 2011, the South African Department of Health released a proposal, the National Health Amendment Bill, which, if approved by the National Assembly, will establish an oversight body -- the Office of Health Standards The Environment Management Directorate General of Turkey announced on December 30, 2010, that effective December 31 a regulation banning the production, use, and supply of asbestos would take effect in the country. A partial ban has On November 3, 2010, China's Ministries of Health, Agriculture, and Commerce, together with other government agencies, jointly issued the Measures for Administration of Release of Food Safety Information. Food safety information includes data compiled or On December 6, 2010, the Ministry of Health Care and Social Development of the Russian Federation submitted its version of the Biomedical Cell Technologies Act to the Cabinet of Ministers for that body's approval and recommendation Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the Geology Law on November 16, 2010. Under the new Law, the government is required to conduct a nationwide geological survey, to publicly disclose geologically unstable areas (with the approval of a It was reported on November 4, 2010, that a group of individuals in Nigeria living with HIV/AIDS have instituted a civil action against the Nigerian federal government for importing defective condoms; it was the use of On October 26, 2010, the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa - Agencia Nacional de Vigilandacirc;ncia Sanitandaacute;ria) issued an Administrative Act (Resoluandccedil;andatilde;o da Diretoria Colegiada RDC No. 44, de 26 de Outubro de 2010) regulating On September 23, 2010, the Finnish government announced new guidelines for the care of the dying. The new rules apply to both public and private institutions and state that a patient's wishes must be taken into It was reported on September 7, 2010, that Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki has signed into law the Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill, 2009 (the law), which seeks to dramatically shift Kenya's policy on the regulation of production, On August 26, 2010, Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, announced a plan to amend that country's laws so that the free medical facilities that are provided to all citizens will no longer be available On July 6, 2010, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) issued a decision that permits pre-implantation testing to screen for serious genetic defects (Docket No. 5 StR 386/09, http://juris.bundesgerichtshof.de/cgi-bin/rechtsprechung/document.py?Gericht=bghandamp;Art=pmandamp;Datum=2010andamp;Sort=3andamp;anz=160andamp;pos=23andamp;nr=52897andamp;linked=urtandamp;Blank=1andamp;file=dokument.pdf). The decision interprets section 1(1) On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Pharmacists Ordinance (New Version), 5741-1981, thereby extending the requirement of labeling, previously applicable to prescription medications, to over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. According to the amendment, On July 21, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the National Health Insurance Law extending coverage for dental care to all Israeli residents. The amendment authorizes the Minister of Health to recognize dental On June 7, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a comprehensive law regulating the donation of eggs to women who wish to give birth, but are otherwise unable to do so, and the use of unused On June 28, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a law authorizing the Minister of Health to issue regulations requiring the labeling of nutritional information about sugars in pre-packaged food. The further information on sugar content, On June 7, 2010, Dr. Richard Sezibera the Minister of H