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Norway: Abortion Law May Be Tightened

(Mar. 6, 2014) It was reported on January 2, 2014, that Norway plans to tighten its abortion law, after it was found that the number of late-term abortions appeared to be increasing. Norway’s Public Health Institute figures indicated that while there were five abortions performed late in a pregnancy between 2001 and 2009, 12 late-pregnancy […]

Taiwan: Law on Food Safety Amended

(Feb. 6, 2014) On January 28, 2014, Taiwan’s legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), “[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan’s legal framework for food sanitation management, while promoting consumer protection and protecting public health.” (ROC Legislature OKs Food Act […]

Japan: Basic Law on Measures Against Health Problems Caused by Alcohol Intake

(Feb. 5, 2014) A law that establishes measures on alcohol-related problems, including health issues and alcoholism, was enacted in December 2013. (Basic Law on Measures Against Health Problems Caused by Alcohol Intake (hereinafter Alcohol Problem Basic Law), Act No. 109 of 2013.) It was estimated in 2003 that there were 8.6 million heavy drinkers in […]

Israel: New Directives on Use of Marijuana for Medical Purposes

(Jan. 6, 2014) On December 15, 2013, the Israeli government approved new directives for the distribution of cannabis to patients. The directives were proposed by the Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Internal Security (hereinafter the Ministry of Health). Cannabis is currently defined as a dangerous substance under the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance (New Version), 5733-1971 (3 […]

Brazil: More Medical Doctors Program Launched

(Oct. 30, 2013) On October 22, 2013, Brazilian President Dilma Roussef signed Law No. 12,871 (Lei No. 12.871, de 22 de Outubro de 2013, PLANATO.GOV.BR), which creates the More Medical Doctors Program. This program enables the hiring of Brazilian and foreign medical doctors to work in the National Health System (Sistema Unico de Saúde – […]

Norway: Tightening of Restrictions on Unhealthy Food Ads Aimed at Youth

(Aug. 29, 2013) It was reported on July 2, 2013, that the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to young people under the age of 16 might become illegal in Norway. (Julie Ryland, Bans Unhealthy Food Ads Directed at Children, THE NORWAY POST (July 2, 2013).) Initially, in 2012, the Ministry of Health and Care […]

Norway: Amended Law Prohibits Purchase and Use of Anabolic Steroids

(July 9, 2013) <?Norway's Medicinal Products Act was amended on June 14, 2013, to make the use and purchase of anabolic steroids illegal. Formerly, it was illegal to import and sell these substances in Norway, but not to buy or consume them. (Julie Ryland, Illegal to Buy and Consume Anabolic Steroids in Norway, THE NORWAY […]

Latvia: Smoking Parents Will Be Prosecuted

(June 5, 2013) On May 30, 2013, the Saeima (Latvia’s legislature) adopted revisions to the Protection of the Rights of the Child Law that, as stated in the Parliament’s press release, will protect a child’s right to grow up in a smoke-free environment. (Press Release, Parliamentary Press Service, Saeima Deems Smoking in the Presence of […]

Denmark: Plan to Distribute Overdose Kits

(Oct. 18, 2012) The Danish government announced this month that it will distribute overdose kits to drug users in the capital city, <?Copenhagen. The purpose is to reduce the rate of drug-related deaths in the country, currently among the highest such rates in Europe; in 2010, 273 overdoses in Denmark resulted in deaths. (Copenhagen Addicts […]