The Italian Payback, why it is so important to contain pharmaceutical expenditure

The payback system is a mechanism introduced in Italy to collect financial resources to support pharmaceutical expenditure and contain the consumption of those drugs reimbursed at various levels by the Italian National Health System. Some critics have defined it as a sort of boomerang: the principle at the core of the payback is in fact to return part of the […]

IVDR, NB designation delayed

The application date of the IVD Regulation 2017/746 is still long to come but, in the meantime, progresses are being made to ensure everything is ready on 26 May 2022. Applications by notified bodies for designation under the IVDR have been received and, in some cases, assessed. Actually, five NBs have already been designated under the new regulation: three from […]

Environmental labelling for packaging: mandatory requirement in Italy

Since last September, in Europe, environmental labelling for packaging is mandatory for products intended for the final consumers. This new requirement is part of the EU efforts to promote recycling to turn waste into either new starting materials or energy. Two European directives on waste and on packaging and packaging waste (2018/851 and 2018/852) were implemented in Italy in Legislative […]