The law on modernisation of the French health system adopted on 17 December 2015 introduced, amongst other things, changes to the France-map-colourexisting sunshine regulations which require industry to make public the existence of certain agreements with, and benefits provided to, various stakeholders in the healthcare industry.
By a decision dated 21 January 2016,  the French constitutional court considered that the changes introduced comply with French constitutional rules.
The companies will now have to:

  • disclose fees above a certain threshold (to be established by the government) paid under agreements with HCPs and with other stakeholders;
  • report the purpose of the agreements in a more detailed manner, and not by generic descriptions;
  • “direct” and the “final” beneficiary of the agreements will have to be reported.

The specifics of these changes will be established by an upcoming implementing decree.
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Acknowledgement: Mark Heinemann, Principal NIS Specialist, Late Stage, inVentiv Health Clinical
Source: Lexology – Hogan LovellsMikael Salmela and Nicolas Bouyssou