On 6 September 2023, the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) issued an update on products found and reported by overseas regulators to contain potent ingredients that are prohibited and may cause side effects.
Following the promulgation of the Law on Protection of Consumers’ Rights (amended) (“New LPCR”), the Ministry of Industry and Trade has released for public consultation the draft decree detailing and guiding several articles of the New LPCR (“Draft Decree”).
The Draft Decree is due to come into effect on 1 July 2024, which is also the effective date of the New LPCR. The draft includes eight chapters and 30 articles, enclosed with 14 regulatory forms that will be used in different procedures under the New LPCR.
The current legal framework for managing packaging and other household waste in Thailand has long been governed by various pieces of legislation, such as the Public Health Act, B.E. 2535 (1992) and the Act on the Maintenance of Cleanliness and Orderliness of the Country, B.E. 2535 (1992). To provide equality and equity for all stakeholders with the ultimate goal of mitigating the environmental impact caused by packaging waste, and at the same time promoting a strong circular economy, the Draft Sustainable Packaging Management Act has been developed to establish systematic and sustainable management of packaging waste.
Law Number 4 of 2023 on the Development and Strengthening of the Financial Sector has placed OJK in a more central position to investigate crimes in the financial services sector. As an implementing rule, OJK has issued Regulation Number 16 of 2023 on Investigation of Crimes in the Financial Services Sector which covers, among other things, the general scope of crimes in financial services sector, members of authorized teams of investigators, the investigative authorities and powers, and available alternative settlement mechanics.
Following a five-year legislative process, India’s Digital Personal Data Protection Act (DPDP) received presidential assent on 11 August 2023. Practically speaking, the DPDP is not yet enforceable as the government still needs to establish the Data Protection Board of India (Board), which will serve as the enforcement authority for the law. The Board, in turn, must implement certain legally binding rules before the DPDP becomes fully operational.
On behalf importation, locally known as “under-name importation” or “QQ” importation, has been used by companies for more than a decade, ever since the Directorate General of Customs and Excise first allowed the name of the owner of goods to be included in the import declaration form (PIB). Under Indonesia’s Customs Law, the importer of record is the party that is subject to an audit or a re-examination (Penelitian Ulang), and there is no audit or re-examination of the owner of goods in a PIB using under-name importation. However, in mid-August this year, the Minister of Finance issued Regulation No. 78 of 2023 on Re-examination in the Field of Customs, which will come into force on 21 October this year. One of the objects of re-examination is the owner of goods
Australian business communications have been modernized with effect from 15 September 2023 by amendments to the Corporations Act which allow all documents under the Act to be signed electronically and most documents to be sent electronically. This is a welcome development building upon gradual progress in this area since mid 2020.
The laws for electronic execution of documents by companies, settled in early 2022, are not changing.
On 11 July 2023, Indonesia’s house of representative (known as Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat Indonesia/DPR RI) approved the 2023 draft health law. A month later, the President enacted Law No. 17 of 2023 on Health (“Health Omnibus Law”) through the state secretariat. The Health Omnibus Law contains provisions on matters such as pharmaceutical preparations, medical devices, healthcare services, healthcare technology (including telehealth and telemedicine), R&D and other compulsory measures.
Effective 1 September 2023, any person who enters into a contract for service to supply employees to a principal will be entitled to certain protections and subject to obligations under the Employment Act 1955.
In 2022 and 2023, following the collapse of the key global players in the crypto industry, regulators around the world closely scrutinized crypto activities and tightened the regulations for digital asset businesses. This tightening primarily concerns the protection and segregation of customers’ assets, which has become standard practice since the crypto crash. To keep up with the dynamic and evolving regulatory developments, we have revised this publication to provide an updated overview of regulations pertaining to digital assets in Thailand.