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Sweden: Supreme Administrative Court Declares E-Cigarettes Not Medical Devices

(Feb. 26, 2016) On February 17, 2016, the Swedish Supreme Administrative Court issued a decision in which it found that e-cigarettes are not medical devices and therefore are not regulated by the Läkemedelsverket (Medical Products Agency). (Supreme Administrative Court 2016-02-17 ref 1385-15 (Case 1385-15), download at Press Release, E-cigaretter är inte läkemedel (Feb. 17, 2016), […]

Israel: Foreign-Trained Dentists Immigrating to Israel May Be Exempt from Licensing Exams

(Feb. 8, 2016) On January 25, 2016, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed legislation authorizing the Minister of Health to determine conditions for either fully or partially exempting new immigrants from testing requirements otherwise applicable to persons seeking a license to practice dentistry in Israel. (Dentists Ordinance Amendment (No. 6) Law, 5776-2016 (Amendment Law), Knesset website (in Hebrew) […]

Mexico: Congress to Hold Hearings on Marijuana Consumption and Legalization

(Feb. 3, 2016) The President of Mexico’s Permanent Commission of the Federal Congress, Jesús Zambrano, announced in late December 2015 that the two chambers of the Federal Congress would hold public hearings on the consumption of marijuana and related legal issues, including legalization, between January 25 and February 17, 2016. Both chambers agreed on November […]

Italy: Implementation of European Legislation on Tobacco Products

(Feb. 2, 2016) On January 12, 2016, Italy issued legislation implementing a European directive on the sale of tobacco and tobacco products; the new legislation will enter into effect on February 2, 2016. (Legislative Decree No. 6 of January 12, 2016, Implementing Directive 2014/40/EU (D.L. No. 6), GAZETTA UFFICIALE [OFFICIAL GAZETTE] No. 13 (Jan. 18, […]

Taiwan: Proposed Amendment to School Health Act Would Ban Use of GM Foods

(Dec. 10, 2015) It was reported on December 1, 2015, that the Legislative Yuan (the primary parliamentary body of the Republic of China (on Taiwan)) is currently reviewing an amendment to Taiwan’s School Health Act that would ban genetically modified (GM) ingredients and processed foods containing them from educational institutions throughout the country.  (GM Food […]

Germany: Parliament Debates E-Cigarettes Prohibition for Minors

(Dec. 9, 2015) On December 4, 2015, the German Bundestag (parliament) debated a draft act that would prohibit the sale to and consumption of electronic cigarettes and electronic shishas by children and adolescents under 18 years of age.  (Entwurf eines Gesetzes zum Schutz von Kindern und Jugendlichen vor den Gefahren des Konsums von elektronischen Zigaretten […]

Kyrgyzstan: Reproductive Rights Now Specified by Law

(Nov. 17, 2015) On July 4, 2015, the President of Kyrgyzstan, Almazbek Atambayev, signed the Law on Reproductive Rights of Kyrgyz Republic Citizens. (Law of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan No. 148 on Reproductive Rights of Kyrgyz Republic Citizens (Law No. 148) (July 4, 2015), Ministry of Justice of Kyrgyz Republic website (in Russian).) This Law […]

Brazil: Decree Launches National Pact for Healthy Eating

(Nov. 10, 2015) On November 3, 2015, Brazil published Decree No. 8,353, which creates a National Pact for Healthy Eating (Pacto Nacional para Alimentação Saudável). The purpose of the Pact is to expand the supply, availability, and consumption of healthy foods and to combat overweight, obesity, and disease caused by a poor diet. (Decreto No. […]

Finland: Tax on Chocolate and Sweets to Be Eliminated 2017

(Oct. 7, 2015) On September 29, 2015, a Finnish Financial Parliamentary Committee decided to end the tax on sweets that has been in force since 2011. The decision will take effect on January 1, 2017. (Press Release, Statsrådet [Finnish government], Punktskatten på sötsaker och glass slopas 2017 [Excise Duty on Sweets and Ice Cream Will […]