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Giulia Romana Mele is an associate specializing in life sciences and data protection matters. She advises pharmaceutical, medtech and technology companies on a wide range of matters. Given her interdisciplinary background, she has particular expertise in matters that combine pharmaceutical and data protection angles, including R&D, clinical trials, medical devices and digital health technologies.

Giulia Romana also has experience in commercial transactions and in negotiating agreements for pharmaceutical and technology companies, including CRO, clinical trial, distribution and vendor agreements.

On technology issues, Giulia Romana further provides strategic advice to global companies on complying with EU, UK, and Italian data protection laws, with a focus on marketing and the AdTech environment.

The Italian Legislative Decree 196/2021 (“Italian Decree”) implementing the Single-Use Plastic Directive (“SUPD”) will enter into force on January 14, 2022.  The Italian Decree diverges from the SUPD on significant aspects: it provides a more flexible definition of plastic; delays the entry into force of the ban on prohibited SUPs; and exempts from such ban specific biodegradable and compostable materials.  The Decree also imposes specific return obligations on waste plastic bottles.

While the Italian Decree provides companies with additional flexibilities to market their SUPs in Italy, companies should carefully assess the risks that may arise if EU Courts finally hold that the Decree is not compatible with EU law.

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