Our first edition of 2022 focuses on Healthcare and Life Sciences. It is a sector that will once again have the spotlight on it this year as we continue to tackle COVID-19 and its subsequent variants. While the pandemic continues to challenge the sector, governments across the region forge ahead with their plans to expand and upgrade healthcare systems and develop robust world-class healthcare infrastructure.
For the region, healthcare is a vital pillar in diversifying its economies, both locally and as medical tourism hubs. To underpin this, healthcare authorities across the region continue to implement frameworks and regulations that provide structure and accountability.
In this edition, you have unique access to great insights and expert commentary on a number of pertinent healthcare regulatory developments. You will find a topical mix of articles; for example, our lawyers discuss vaccines and returning to work during the pandemic. They take you through several other areas, including stem cell research in Bahrain, clinical research laws in Egypt, and Saudi medical device and pharmaceutical laws.Take a read of the edition
The Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution (the “BCDR”) has extended its ongoing efforts in enhancing the efficiency of Bahrain’s judicial system through introducing a new Legislative Decree 26 of 2021 amending certain provisions of Legislative Decree 30 of 2009 with respect to the Bahrain Chamber for Economic, Financial and Investment Dispute Resolution (the “Amendment”). The Amendment provides special care and flexible proceedings for high value cases, by expanding the BCDR’s jurisdiction to include a wider scope of cases.
Historically, the BCDR’s competence would be limited to claims that exceed BHD 500,000 (about US$ 1.3 million), and where at least one party is a financial institution licensed by the Central Bank of Bahrain; or the dispute is of an international commercial nature.
However and in accordance to the Amendment, as of 1 October 2021, the BCDR will have the jurisdiction to rule over – along with the above mentioned claims-, any claims involving commercial companies with a claim value exceeding BHD 500,000.
In conclusion, the Amendment provides the BCDR the competence to hear a wider pool of cases, giving entities a more specialised judicial body to look over such claims, in consideration of the nominal value of those disputes.
The Litigation team regularly advises on all aspects of the litigation disputes. If you require further information on the litigation process or any other matter relating to the judiciary system in Bahrain contact the team.