As of the beginning of 2017, the Finnish Pharmaceuticals Pricing Board (Hila) has had the authority to decide on the conditional reimbursement and the wholesale price for medicinal products. The risk-sharing model of conditional reimbursement enables a more rapid and frequent introduction of medicinal products containing either new active substances or new indications for medicinal […]

The Financial Supervisory Authority in Finland (the “FIN-FSA”) found the provision of insurance against administrative fines prohibited well in time before the issuance of any significant fines. The underlying basis of the prohibition was the premise that it would be contrary to good insurance practice and generally accepted social values to provide insurance against a […]

The Digital Transformation of the Process Manufacturing Industry
June 18, 2019

The digital transformation of the process manufacturing industry is opening up new opportunities at an incredible pace. In order to keep up and stay competitive, many industrial organisations have been investing funds, skills and capabilities to adjust their businesses. In this blog series, our experts discuss essential topics on what to keep in mind when […]

The Finnish Consumer Ombudsman has published new guidelines on how to communicate the commercial nature of influencer marketing to consumers. The guidelines, which are currently only available in Finnish (here), include practical examples concerning the most commonly used social media platforms. However, the principles contained in the guidelines are applicable to all influencer marketing. General […]

New Finnish Trademark Act and Other IP Reforms: Key Changes
May 2, 2019

The long-awaited new Finnish Trademark Act and other IP reforms entered into force on 1 May 2019. They bring about many improvements for brand owners – even beyond those mandated by the EU legislator to implement the Trademark Directive. Below is a snapshot of a few key changes. Overcoming Relative Grounds for Refusal Citations Becomes […]

In principle, the General Data Protection Regulation prohibits the processing of special categories of personal data, such as health data. In the current data economy, this prohibition has created a conflict between individual rights, such as privacy, and the imperatives of economic growth. Ahead of Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union starting […]

Interfaces Between the Clinical Trials Regulation and the GDPR: Comments on the EC’s New Guidance
April 15, 2019

The European Commission has recently issued (on 10 April 2019) a Question & Answer document on the interplay between the General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 (the “GDPR”) and Clinical Trials Regulation 536/2014 (the “CTR”), which is expected to enter into force in 2020 (subject to development of a fully functional EU clinical trials portal and […]

Den nya säkerhetsskyddslagen
April 1, 2019

Den 1 april träder den nya säkerhetsskyddslagen (2018:585) ikraft. Den nya lagen ersätter den gamla säkerhetsskyddslagen (1996:627). Idag, år 2019, betraktas IT-angrepp som ett av de allvarligaste hoten mot en nations säkerhet. Eftersom det har gått över 20 år sedan den nuvarande lagen trädde ikraft har digitalisering och krav på informationssäkerhet förändrats väsentligt. Staters underrättelseverksamheter […]

Legal Issues to Consider Regarding Augmented/Virtual Reality
March 8, 2019

Commercial augmented reality (“AR”) and virtual reality (“VR”) are not everyday solutions yet, but almost everyone has at least heard of Pokémon GO, the AR game that made the imaginary monsters viral for the second time since the ‘90s and reached over 50 million active monthly users in less than a year. As the term […]

Data Protection Impact Assessments – National Requirements in Finland and Sweden
February 26, 2019

When the processing of personal data is likely to result in a high risk to the rights and freedoms of natural persons, the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) requires that a Data Protection Impact Assessment (“DPIA”) be conducted. Furthermore, the GDPR provides national data protection authorities with the competence to decide, within the scope of […]

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