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Late implementation: Liechtenstein to be brought to court in two cases




In two separate cases concerning health legislation, Liechtenstein has failed to implement EEA acts on time. Today, the EFTA Surveillance Authority decided to bring these cases before the EFTA Court.

The first case concerns Directive 2010/53/EU on standards of quality and safety of human organs intended for transplantation. The directive establishes common quality and safety standards for procurement, transport and use of organs.

The second case concerns two directives on medicinal products for human use:

Directive 2011/62 introduces tougher rules to improve the protection of public health with new measures combatting the sale of falsified medicines which are a major threat to public health and safety.

Directive 2012/26 introduces certain amendments to the pharmacovigilance legislation. These amendments aim to further strengthen the protection of patient health by allowing prompt notification and assessment of safety issues.

These directives are already incorporated and legally part of the EEA Agreement, but Liechtenstein has not respected the agreed deadline for implementation into its national legal order.

Lodging a case at the EFTA Court is the last step in a formal infringement procedure against an EFTA State. Prior to this, Liechtenstein has been informed about the Authority┬┤s view and have had a chance to bring forward its arguments as well as to settle the case by complying within the applicable deadline.


For further information, please contact:

Mr. Andreas Kjeldsberg Pihl
Press & Information Officer
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 66
mob. (+32)(0)492 900 187


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