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Riccardo Ovidi

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Riccardo Ovidi is an Associate in Baker McKenzie Rome office.

On 23 March 2022, the “National Ethics Committee for trials conducted by public research organizations and other public organizations of a national nature” (“National Ethics Committee”) was established within the National Institute of Health (NIH) in accordance with the provisions of the decree of the Ministry of Health dated 1 February 2022. The National Ethics Committee was settled on 23 March at the Italian NIH to replace the Ethics Committee of the NIH, which has been in office until now.

With its judgment No. 946/2022, the Council of State confirmed the legitimacy of the Guidelines for the treatment of patients with SARS-CoV-2 infection issued by the Ministry of Health. In this respect, the administrative judge emphasized, however, that the Guidelines provide mere recommendations rather than mandatory provisions, which, from a legal standpoint, must be considered as nonbinding indications for the prescribing physician.