Public-private partnership for consolidation of GHS classification launched by Japanese Government

Date: 26 April 2023

Japan has launched a new initiative for the collection and joint review of data for the consolidated GHS classification of 157 target substances in the fiscal year 2023. The importance of government GHS classification results is increasing, due to the fact that the selected substances are subject to labeling and notification requirements under the Industrial Safety and Health Act (workers’ safety and protection).

European Commission extends MDR transition period

Date: 27 March 2023

On 7 March 2023, the Council of the European Union adopted the Commission's proposal granting notified bodies and manufacturers more time to certify medical devices in order to mitigate the risk of shortages. This followed the positive vote by the European Parliament in February. 

To ensure continued access to medical devices for patients in need, the legislative proposal provides a longer transition period to adapt to the new rules laid down in the Medical Devices Regulation. Read also Council vote on the Medical Device Regulation extension.

EU commission adopted proposal for a longer transition period to adapt to MDR

Date: 13 January  2023

On the 6th January 2023, the European Commission adopted a proposal to give more time for medical device certification to mitigate the risk of bottlenecks. In addition to a press release, the European Commission published a Questions and Answers document and a Factsheet European Health Union: Supporting the transition to the new medical device framework.