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Industrial action is on the rise throughout Europe; in this webinar we looked at the differences and similarities in the industrial action process across France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Poland and the UK, the potential legal remedies in each jurisdiction and the practical steps employers can take to keep the business running.

The Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products has streamlined the procedure for applying for the national code (NC) of centrally authorized medicinal products. In order to have more efficient management, this change has been included in a guide containing information on the documents required for the assignment of the NC. From now on it will be possible to send the NC application as soon as the final texts have been adopted by the applicant and the regulatory agencies. Finally, it will also be possible to present the European Commission’s decision in English.

On 24 October 2022, the National Securities Market Commission issued a communication regarding investment recommendations made by influencers on social media. If such influencers are recognized as ‘experts’ under EU standards, they will be contacted by the CNMV and be made to comply with applicable regulations established under the framework of Regulation (EU) 596/2014 on market abuse and its Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/958.

On 27 September 2022, the Ibero-American Network for the Protection of Personal Data published the Guide for the Implementation of Standard Contractual Clauses for the International Transfer of Personal Data, which sets out certain aspects to be considered when making international transfers of personal data through the use of standard contractual clauses. The Guide includes non-binding guidance for those who make ITPD from member countries of the RIPD to non-adequate jurisdictions.

The Spanish Agency for Medicinal Products and Medical Devices has launched a new application with the aim of facilitating the registration and improving the communication of biocidal products and of personal care products, as well as regarding facilities that manufacture, import and store biocidal products within the Spanish territory.

Through the EU Directive on Restructuring and Insolvency of 20 June 2019 (EUR 2019/1023, “Directive”), the European Union has imposed an obligation on its member states to offer a more attractive and flexible restructuring scheme in their respective local law. The initial deadline to do so had been 17 July 2021. Only a handful of countries (most notably Germany and The Netherlands) had implemented the Directive within the initial deadline, whilst the other countries made use of the possibility to ask for a one year extension.