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On 14 February 2019 the European Parliament approved an European wide framework for the screening of foreign direct investments into the EU (the Regulation). The Regulation will enter into force 18 months after it has been adopted by the European Council and officially published, which is expected to occur on 5 March 2019. In the interim period, EU Member States must implement the relevant procedures to effectuate the mechanisms under the Regulation.
Since 7 February, certain medical devices and active implantable medical devices can be sold in Belgium not only via pharmacies but also via other distribution channels such as supermarkets, para-pharmacies or directly by manufacturers. This is the outcome of the recently adopted legislation liberalising the distribution of medical devices in line with the principle of the free movement of CE-marked products in the EU.