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Cana R.,Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP | Bergeson L.L.,Bergeson and Campbell
Nanotechnology Law and Business | Year: 2010

Several types of nanoscale materials recently dodged a bullet as the European Parliament de-clined to ban nanosilver and long multi-walled carbon nanotubes in the European Union's Directive on the Restriction and Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment, (more commonly known as "RoHS"). For reasons not entirely clear, detractors of these nanoscale materials tried, and failed, to ban them outright in the RoHS Recast initiative. For nano stakehold-ers, while the news is good, the process serves as a cautionary tale of the shape of things to come in forthcoming legislative initiatives in the European Union, and likely elsewhere.


David T.J.,University of Manchester | Ellson S.,Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP
Clinical Risk | Year: 2010

Medical schools are responsible for determining the fitness to practise of individual medical students. The General Medical Council (GMC) does not have any direct authority to deal with or advise on individual cases of undergraduate student fitness to practise or disciplinary issues. Each medical school or its associated university must have its own procedures to consider the fitness to practise of medical students, and this has resulted in local variations. Medical student fitness to practise hearings are managed by universities rather than by teams of lawyers, but whoever is involved and whatever the precise procedures, those involved must make sure that students are dealt with fairly. This article sets out the governing principles to ensure fairness, namely Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights and the rules of natural justice.


Turle M.,Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP
Computer Law and Security Review | Year: 2010

In the wake of the Gershon Report, commissioned to find ways of saving £20 billion in the UK public sector, and the growing strain on the public purse following the credit crunch and the global financial recession, procuring bodies are increasingly looking to the "shared services" procurement model to take advantage of economies of scale and best practice. This article examines the legal issues thrown up by the shared services model and ways of managing them. © 2010 Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP.


Mereu C.,Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP | Chapman P.J.,JSC International Ltd
Chimica Oggi | Year: 2010

A new regulation (Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009) concerning the placing on the market of plant protection products has been recently published. This regulation replaces Council Directive 91/414/EEC. Many of the provisions of the new regulation are broadly similar to those in the Directive. However important changes include the introduction of hazard based cut-off criteria, the establishment of candidates for substitution and comparative assessment; together with zonal authorisation and mutual recognition for plant protection products.


Velardo M.,Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP | Mereu C.,Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP
Agro Food Industry Hi-Tech | Year: 2011

The food industry expects benefits from the use of nanosciences, nanotechnologies and nanomateriols.There are on-going debates on the definition of nanomateriols at EU level, which has yet to be approved. The adoption ofa clear legal framework will have positive effects for the industry and the consumers. At present risk analysis on a case-bycasebasis is considered a priority, and the existing legislation is thought to address nanomateriols as a whole despite thatthere are numerous gaps.


Velardo M.,Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP
Chimica Oggi/Chemistry Today | Year: 2013

Where the European and national legislative frameworks remain unclear, patent applications relating to nanotechnology remain few. Nanotechnology being used both by multinationals and start-ups, it is difficult to predict whether, in the long run, Europe will provide a competitive market for nano applications in comparison with the US and the Far East.

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