Medicines and medical devices in the EU Single Market: Dreams and reality


27 - 29 June 2019

Welcome to Zurich, a city which boasts a vibrant cultural and nightlife scene, with a great scenery, lake and mountains! The AIJA Healthcare Interest Group is delighted to invite you to AIJA’s first Healthcare Conference to discuss the latest hot topics in the life sciences sector. Join us in Zurich, Switzerland on 27-29 June 2019!

The conference will address the free movement of goods in the context of the European Single Market. The programme will examine whether and to what extent a genuine Single Market exists for medicinal products and medical devices, both currently being heavily regulated at the EU and national level to ensure patient safety. The topic will be discussed from different angles, including parallel trade, the new regulations on medical devices, the new Clinical Trials Regulations, the Falsified Medicines Directive and, inevitably, Brexit. A mix of experienced legal practitioners and in-house counsel from across Europe will guide you through the rapidly changing life sciences regulatory landscape and bring you up to speed with the latest developments in the life sciences sector.

The academic programme will be complemented by a rich social schedule. Both will create an excellent opportunity to meet and see old and new friends, enjoy first-class entertainment during the evenings and take advantage of the breathtaking views over the Swiss Alps. A welcome reception will kick off the conference on Thursday, 27 June. The academic programme will then start on Friday, 28 June.

The conference is a must for everyone active in the field of law. It will take place in parallel to AIJA’s 11th annual arbitration conference and will share the same social programme.

The Organising Committee looks forward to welcoming everyone in Zurich!

Full programme

The EU single market in medicines and medical devices - dream or reality?

Thursday 27 June 2019

18:00 » 20:00
Welcome Cocktail and Registration at D-Vino Bahnhofstrasse Bar
Address: Schützengasse 12, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland
Optional dinner
Not included in the registration fees, payable locally

Friday 28 June 2019

08:00 » 09:00
Registration at the Belvoir Park
Address: Seestrasse 141, CH-8002 Zürich, Switzerland
09:00 » 09:30
Welcome address by the AIJA First Vice-president (Tokyo meeting room)
Paola Fudakowska, AIJA First Vice-president, FCO Legal Directorate, United Kingdom
09:30 » 10:00
Keynote Speech  "Portfolio transformation in export markets – a high-level overview from an inhouse perspective" (Ticino meeting room)
Dr. Stefan Ibing, Novartis Pharma Services AG, Switzerland
10:00 » 11:15
Workshop: Experiences with parallel exports and imports (Part I) (Ticino meeting room)
Moderator and speaker:
Martin Abraham, Abraham & Partneři, Czech Republic
Indrikis Liepa, COBALT, Latvia
Koen T’Syen, Van Bael & Bellis, Belgium
Marek Holka, Čechová & Partners, Slovakia
Dr. Philippe Seiler, Bär & Karrer, Switzerland
11:15 » 11:45
Coffee break (Bar 141)
11:45 » 13:00
Workshop: Experiences with parallel exports and imports (Part II) (Ticino meeting room)
13:00 » 14:15
14:15 » 15:30
The new Clinical Trials Regulation (Ticino meeting room)
Moderator and speaker:
Dr. Jan Henning Martens, Friedrich Graf von Westphalen, Germany
Jackie Mulryne, Arnold & Porter, United Kingdom
Nina Studer, Kellerhals Carrard, Switzerland
Timur Akhundov, ALRUD Law Firm, Russia
15:30 » 16:00
Coffee break (Bar 141)
16:00 » 16:30
Keynote Speech on "Challenges and opportunities of the new MDRs – a Swiss perspective" (Ticino meeting room)
Dr. Carlo Conti, Wenger Plattner, Switzerland
16:30 » 17:45
Panel 2: The New MDRs – impact on study agreements and distribution contracts (Ticino meeting room)
Moderator and speaker:
Janine Reudt-Demont, Pestalozzi, Switzerland
Arne Feber, Abraham & Partneři, Czech Republic
Dan Mihai, Mihai & Co. Business Lawyers, Romania
Marco Blei, Portolano Cavallo, Italy
Informal Healthcare Interest Group Meeting
Dinner at Hotel Atlantis by Giardino
Address: Döltschiweg 234, 8055 Zürich, Switzerland
Departure from Motel One at 19h45 by public transportation
Optional Bar & clubbing at HILTL CLUB
Address: Sihlstrasse 28, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland

Saturday 29 June 2019

10:00 » 11:15
Panel 3: Brexit – Challenges for the healthcare industry (Ticino meeting room)
Moderator and speaker:
Ewan Townsend, Arnold & Porter, United Kingdom
Dr. Amalia Athanasiadou, Tillotts Pharma AG, Switzerland
Michaela Herron, Mason Hayes & Curran, Ireland
11:15 » 11:45
Coffee break (Bar 141)
11:45 » 13:00
Panel 4: The Falsified Medicines Directive (Ticino meeting room)
Moderator and speaker:
Ilja Czernik, SKW Schwarz, Germany
Barbora Vrablova, Holubova advokati s.r.o., Czech Republic
Clara Pirez, Carakters, France
Michał Chodorek, Kieszkowska Rutkowska Kolasiński, Poland
Per Hedman, Cirio, Sweden
13:00 » 14:00
Optional afternoon social programme - Sightseeing of Zurich with OC member
Home Hospitality Dinner
Optional Bar & clubbing at Widder Garage Bar
Address: Widder Hotel, Rennweg 7, 8001, Zürich, Switzerland




Practical information


Please book your room at the Motel One Hotel prior to 9 May 2019 by submitting this FORM directly to the hotel.

Address: Stockerstrasse 61, 8002 Zürich



Seminar, welcome reception and dinner: Business Casual

Saturday optional program and home hospitality dinner: Casual


AIJA Registration Cancellation Policy

Up to 6 weeks before the event: Refund of 100% of the registration fees paid
deducted by an administrative fee of 50 EUR

Up to 2 weeks before the event: Refund of 50% of the registration fee paid
deducted by an administrative fee of 50 EUR 

Less than 2 week before the event: No refund

Organising Committee

Abraham Legal, advokatni kancelar, s.r.o. (CZECH REPUBLIC)

Piauhy Labs (PORTUGAL)


Indrikis LIEPA

Jan Henning MARTENS
FGvW Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner (GERMANY)

Niederer Kraft Frey AG (SWITZERLAND)

Van Bael & Bellis (BELGIUM)