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This annual conference will bring legal practitioners working with the pharmaceutical sector up-to-date on the latest relevant regulatory developments, legislative initiatives and case law.

Key topics

Competition law in the pharmaceutical sector

  • Mergers
  • Alleged excessive pricing

Patent law in the pharmaceutical sector and other intellectual property incentives on innovation

  • Recent CJEU rulings on supplementary protection certificates (SPCs)
  • First results of the European Commission’s public consultation on pharmaceutical incentives and the way forward

EU pharmaceutical law round-up

  • Access to data and new digital initiatives on big data in public health
  • Recent activities of the European Commission and the EMA
  • Off-label use in Europe
  • Advanced therapy medicinal products


Click here to view the full conference programme.


Who should attend?

In-house counsel and legal or patent advisers in pharmaceutical companies; lawyers in private practice dealing with pharmaceuticals and medical devices; lawyers in national ministries and authorities dealing with regulation of the sector.

You will learn…

  • How are competition law cases before the Commission affecting the pharmaceutical sector?
  • What can be learnt from the implementation of the EMA policy on the publication of clinical data?
  • How can big data bring new challenges and opportunities for the health and pharmaceutical sectors?
  • Should the EU legal framework on intellectual property incentives for innovation be changed?
  • How is off-label use regulated in the European Union?
  • How far are recent rulings of the CJEU and new EU proposals affecting the pharmaceutical sector?

Evening networking reception

On Thursday 1 March, you will have the chance to network with colleagues at our drinks reception.


  • Simone Boselli, Public Affairs Director, EURORDIS, Brussels
  • Alfonso Calles-Sanchez, Legal and Policy Affairs Officer, Intellectual Property and Fight Against Counterfeiting, DG GROW, European Commission, Brussels
  • Nicola Dagg, Partner, Allen & Overy, London
  • Brian Kelly, Partner, Covington & Burling, London
  • John Lisman, Lisman Legal Life Sciences B.V., Heijen
  • Catherine Longeval, Partner, Van Bael & Bellis, Brussels
  • Geneviève Michaux , Partner, Mayer Brown, Brussels
  • Alexander Natz, Secretary General, EUCOPE, Brussels
  • Kristine Peers, General Counsel, Legal Affairs, EFPIA, Brussels
  • Rositsa Pencheva, Case Handler, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels
  • Peter Picht, Chair of Business and Commercial Law, Centre for Intellectual Property and Competition Law, University
  • of Zurich
  • Tapani Piha, Head of Unit, Cross-Border Healthcare and eHealth, DG Health & Food Safety, European Commission, Brussels
  • Aleksandar Rusanov, Legal Administrator, European Medicines Agency, London
  • Bart Van Vooren, Associate, Covington & Burling, Brussels

CPD: ERA’s programmes meet the standard requirements for recognition as Continuing Professional Development (CPD). This event corresponds to 10 CPD hours.

How to attend

To book your place, please click here.


Fees Standard EU and ERA patrons Young lawyers and other groups Discount Voucher Code
Registration  €790.00  €474.00  €592.50  €592.50


Discounts available:

25 % - For young lawyers up to 30 years of age (important: the participant must provide a copy or details of his or her passport or identity card on registration); Full-time staff of universities or comparable academic institutions; Staff of charitable organisations or comparable institutions

25 % - Discount Voucher Code
If you have a discount voucher code, please click on the option above and enter the code in the Voucher Field when you register.

40 % - Staff of European Union institutions and agencies; Staff of ERA’s patrons (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany and the German states, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, City of Trier)

40 % - Fellows of the European Law Institute

For more details and any questions you might have please contact Florence Hartmann-Vareilles, Head of Section, at, or Julia Reitz, Assistant, at


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