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France: Bill Proposed to Extend “Medically-Assisted Procreation” to Lesbian Couples and Single Women

(Sept. 6, 2019) On July 24, 2019, the French prime minister and the minister of Health and Solidarity submitted a bill on bioethics to the National Assembly, one of the two chambers of the French parliament. While this bill touches on a number of different subjects, the most notable and controversial aspect is that it […]

China: Vaccine Law Passed

(Aug. 27, 2019) On June 29, 2019, the National People’s Congress Standing Committee of the People’s Republic of China (PRC or China) adopted the PRC Law on Vaccine Administration (Vaccine Law). The official Xinhua news agency states that the Law provides for the “strictest” vaccine management with tough penalties in order to ensure the country’s […]

New Zealand: Bill to Decriminalize Abortion Introduced, New Regulatory Approach Proposed

(Aug. 23, 2019) On August 5, 2019, the New Zealand Minister of Justice, Andrew Little, introduced the Abortion Legislation Bill in the Parliament. In a press release, Mr. Little stated that the Bill will remove any statutory test on the health practitioner for a woman who is not more than 20 weeks pregnant for a […]

Brazil: City of Rio de Janeiro Enacts Decree Allowing Compulsory Hospitalization for Drug Users and Homeless Persons

(Aug. 21, 2019) On August 5, 2019, the city of Rio de Janeiro published Decree No. 46,314, which enables compulsory hospitalization for drug users and homeless persons. Decree No. 46,314 supplements Federal Law No. 11,343 of August 23, 2006, which establishes the National System of Public Policy on Drugs; prescribes measures to prevent drug abuse […]

New Zealand: Major Changes to Funded Family Care Policy Announced

(Aug. 13, 2019) On July 7, 2019, the New Zealand government announced several changes to the existing system for paying people who provide health and/or disability services to family members, known as the Funded Family Care policy. The current funding arrangements for Funded Family Care are contained in the Funded Family Care Notice 2013, which […]

Italy: New Legislation on Clinical Trials of Medicines Takes Effect

(Aug. 12, 2019) On June 27, 2019, Decreto Legislativo No. 52 of May 14, 2019, regulating clinical trials of medicines for human use entered into force in Italy. This legislation amends existing regulations in order to promote and control the use of medical facilities for clinical trials of medicines. Provisions of Legislative Decree No. 52 […]

Peru: Paid Leave for Caretakers of the Disabled Implemented

(July 29, 2019) On July 8, 2019, Peru’s Ministry of Labor and Employment Promotion (Ministerio de Trabajo y Promotion del Empleo) issued Supreme Decree No. 009-2019-TR, granting public and private employees the right to take paid leave to care for disabled persons under their care. (Decreto Supremo 009-2019-TR, Concede el Derecho de Licencia al Trabajador […]

United Kingdom: Scottish Parliament Approves Opt-Out Organ Donation System

(July 23, 2019) Members of the Scottish Parliament have passed the Human Tissue (Authorisation) (Scotland) Bill (the Bill), introducing an opt-out system of organ donation. (SP Bill 32A Human Tissue (Authorisation) (Scotland) Bill [as passed], Session 5 2019), Parliament website.) The members voted overwhelmingly for the measure on June 11, 2019, with 116 voting for […]

Sweden: Supreme Administrative Court Defines Compensation for Care Received in Another EU Member State

(June 19, 2019) On May 31, 2019, the Swedish Supreme Administrative Court issued a judgment that determined when Swedish patients may be reimbursed for care received abroad. (Högsta förvaltningsdomstolen [Supreme Administrative Court], Case No. 5928-18, May 31, 2019, Supreme Administrative Court website.) Under Swedish law, Swedish patients have a right to compensation for health care […]