Fast drugs, new drugs: new opportunities in the healthcare industry in Australia and China

Chinese and Australian businesses looking for overseas opportunities to expand in the healthcare industry should be aware of important regulatory changes that are taking place in both China and Australia. The healthcare industry in both Australia and China is undergoing significant growth that has been accompanied by rapid regulatory change. Both countries have invested significantly read more...
Subjects: Patents

Spinning the wheel – Star Wars Battlefront 2 brings gambling regulatory spotlight on lootboxes

If you have more than the most passing of interests in the video game industry, you will know that the hot topic in the field for the past few weeks has been the use of “lootboxes” by Electronic Arts as a reward system in their new title Star Wars: Battlefront 2.  The consumer backlash to read more...

Drugs in the fast lane: provisional drug registration and other proposed changes to the Therapeutic Goods Act

Following the Australian Government’s Response to the Review of Medicines and Medical Devices Regulation in 2016, the government recently released exposure drafts for a set of significant reforms to the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 (Cth). The proposed changes include modifications to the regulation of complementary medicines, and a new class of “provisionally registered goods”.  This read more...
Subjects: Patents

Global regulators differ in their approach to “#spon” for sponsored Tweets

We’ve known for quite a while that the United States’ Federal Trade Commission (FTC) wouldn’t look too kindly on the use of the hashtag “#spon” to disclose that a Tweet is a paid, or sponsored Tweet.  And thanks to eModeration, we think we’ve just found out why. The US FTC released its .com Disclosures Guidelines read more...

ACCC 2013 agenda offers little for businesses involved in social media

It is surprising that the ACCC’s updated Compliance and Enforcement Policy for 2013 makes no express mention of social media.  Introduced by Rod Sims in a speech in Sydney on Thursday, 22 February 2013, to the Committee for Economic Development of Australia, the ACCC’s priorities extend to “online consumer issues” but that’s as far as read more...
Subjects: Social media