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Healthcare & Life Sciences

03 March 2021
Fabian Huber Court does not consider fabric masks to be medical devices

Germany - Simmons & Simmons LLP

The Hamm Higher Regional Court recently found that fabric masks do not constitute medical devices, regardless of whether they are displayed alongside medical face masks or whether the public attributes to them a protective effect against COVID-19. The decision shows the importance of labelling, presentation and the placement of products on the market and highlights the pitfalls that lurk in this area.

Authors: Fabian Huber, Daniel Kendziur
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Altair Richards Telemedicine: time for an upgrade?

South Africa - ENSafrica

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a significant increase in the use of electronic platforms to provide access to health services. These platforms seemingly push the legal boundaries of telemedicine. Looking beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, it is hoped that the Health Professions Council of South Africa considers patients' best interests and takes decisive action to incorporate national and international telehealth successes in a much-needed revamp of the existing legislative framework.

Authors: Altair Richards, Alexandra Wood, Thina Ntsaluba
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