The European privacy family & UK

Towards an adequate level of personal data protection – Adequacy decisions adopted by the European CommissionOn February 19, 2021, the European Commission published two draft adequacy decisions for the United Kingdom (UK) and initiated their adoption procedure. Following the approval of the EU Member States’ representatives in the commonly named comitology

Guidelines to support Notified Bodies in charge of radio equipment compliance: Smartphones

Smartphones can play an essential role in emergency situations, where accurate caller location enables a swift response from emergency services. For this purpose, the Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/320 supplements the Radio Equipment Directive regarding caller location technologies in emergency communications from mobile devices to include “technical solutions for

European Commission proposes new classification and labelling of chemicals under CLP

Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) RegulationClassification and labelling of substances and mixtures is covered by the Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulation ((EC) No 1272/2008). Since June 1, 2015, the CLP is the only legislation in force in the EU for classification and labelling of substances and mixtures (ECHA,

EU tobacco products directive is effective after all!

On May 20, 2021, the European Commission published the first Report on the Tobacco Products Directive 2014/40EU (TPD), as per the requirement of Article 28 (1) of the TPD. The application of the TPD has resulted in a steady decrease of people smoking, as well as of the use

FAMHP releases its Annual Report: Focus on medical devices

The publication of the Annual Report of FAMHP (Federal Agency for medicines and health products) has been significantly delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, top priority of the Agency, and the impact of Brexit on the Agency's Divisions. The digital Annual Report 2019 contains interesting figures concerning medicines and medical

Medical Device Industry: Switzerland becomes a “third country”

On May 26, 2021, the Swiss Federal Council announced that Switzerland would not sign the Institutional Framework Agreement (InstA), due to substantial differences with the EU on key aspects, such as freedom of movement of persons, state aid and protection of Swiss wages. The Institutional Agreement was supposed to regulate

Is the 0,05% threshold for the warning "contains formaldehyde” safe for consumers?

Formaldehyde is an ingredient usually used in nail hardeners that can potentially cause allergic skin reactions, and that has also been listed as a Carcinogen substance by the European Commission (EC). Timeline of events Initially, in November 2014, the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) released the opinion that formaldehyde