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April 1, 2016, Covington Alert
Strict EU rules enforce compliance with the principles on access and benefit sharing under the Nagoya Protocol. The rules affect all companies doing research on genetic resources, such as plants, bacteria and viruses, and related traditional knowledge. They in particular are relevant for the pharmaceutical, medical devices, cosmetics, biocides and foods industries, as well as plant and animal breeders. Compliance needs to be documented as from the beginning of the research. This alert provides a brief overview of the rules and their practical impact.
December 7, 2016, Covington Alert
In October 2014, the Nagoya Protocol entered into force. It created a new international regulatory system affecting all life science companies that conduct R&D on biological material such as animals, seeds, flowers, viruses, fragrances, flavonoids, essential oils, enzymes, yeasts, and so on. So far, compliance by companies is progressing slowly due to ...
November 28, 2016, Politico
Cándido García Molyneux and Bart Van Vooren are quoted in a Politico article regarding the recent European Court of Justice rulings which interpreted elements of a global chemical safety protocol. According to García Molyneux, “The EU Court’s rulings of this week are not that surprising in light of the [safety protocol] Aarhus Convention and the EU’s ...
September 21, 2016, Covington Alert
On September 21, 2016, the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) delivered its judgment in Case C-592/14 European Federation for Cosmetic Ingredients v UK Secretary of State for Business. The Court has ruled that animal tests performed outside the European Union (EU) to comply with non-EU rules should not be used for the product safety assessment to gain access to ...