Guide to EU and UK Pharmaceutical Regulatory Law 2023

General 3 min
January 31, 2023

Eighth Edition, Edited by Sally Shorthose

The Guide to EU and UK Pharmaceutical Regulatory Law is a unique volume that provides up-to-date information on the processes, legislation, cases, and customs that apply to the introduction, marketing, and sale of a medicinal product (or a medical device) in Europe. Competition law has always been crucial to the pharmaceutical sector since the industry is highly competitive and involves many intellectual property rights. In the European Union (EU), its Member States and the United Kingdom (UK) post-Brexit, as elsewhere, the marketing of pharmaceuticals is subject to an ever more complex web of legislation and regulation, resulting from the intense scrutiny necessary to ensure such essential products are not only efficacious but also safe.

What’s in this book:

Following a brief overview of how the exit from the EU by the UK currently affects the regulatory regime, as well as an introductory overview focusing on the regulatory framework for pharmaceuticals in Europe, each of the following twenty-one incisive chapters, examines a particular process or subject from an EU and UK-wide perspective. Among the many topics and issues covered are the following:

  • clinical trials;
  • stages and standards for creating a product dossier;
  • obtaining a marketing authorisation;
  • how and when an abridged marketing authorisation procedure can be used
  • criteria for conditional marketing authorisations;
  • generic products and ‘essential similarity’;
  • paediatric use and the requisite additional trials;
  • orphan medicinal products;
  • biologicals and ‘biosimilars’;
  • homeopathic, herbal and similar medicines;
  • medical devices;
  • pandemics, epidemics and vaccines;
  • pharmacovigilance;
  • parallel trade;
  • advertising; and
  • relevant competition law, intellectual property rights and data protection regulation.

In addition, at the end of each chapter, a list of guidelines/publications has been included that will direct the readers to sources of additional information.

Dealing primarily with the European level of legislation, the book offers immeasurable value for all who need to understand the process of bringing a medicinal product or medical device to market and the continuing rights and obligations. This distinctive book will be of high relevance to pharmaceutical lawyers and regulatory advisers, both in-house and in private practice.


Edited by Sally Shorthose and contributed to by:

Belgium: Benedicte Mourisse, Kevin Munungu, Marc Martens

Denmark: Morten Nissen, Alexander Brøchner

France: Alexandre Vuchot, Johanna Harelimana, Nour Saab

Germany: Christian Lindenthal, Wolfgang Ernst

Italy: Mauro Turrini

Netherlands: Anna Koster, Edzard Boonen, Fenna Douwenga, Hester Borgers

Poland: Marta Sznajder

Spain: Coral Yáñez & Ana María Sánchez-Valdepeñas López

Sweden: Gabriel Lidman & Gunnar Hjalt

UK: Clara Clark Nevola, Emma Drake, Jonathan Edwards, Peter Willis, Phillipus Putter, Pieter Erasmus, Sally Shorthose, Sarah Faircliffe, Sophie Vo

Published by Wolters Kluwer

Written by
Sally Shorthose
Sally Shorthose
As one of Bird & Bird's most experienced intellectual property partners, specialising in transactional IP matters, I offer a wealth of knowledge to businesses at the cutting edge of research, development and technology, in a variety of sectors for which IP is of prime importance.

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