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School of Law

SOLM106 Competition and Regulation in EU Healthcare Markets (B21)

Module Description

This module examines how EU competition rules and regulatory principles and processes affect healthcare markets. We will look at internal market rules primarily from the perspective of corporate actors (whether public or private) rather than individual patients and healthcare professionals.  We will consider the legal regime for the placing of medicines and medical products on the market, market surveillance and product liability regimes as well as the application of competition law rules in this sector.


  • Week 1: Free movement of health goods and services in the European Union: general principles and  intellectual property issues
  • Week 2: pharmaceutical products: clinical trials and marketing authorisations
  • Week 3: medical devices and human tissues - post market policies (vigilance, advertising and product liability)
  • Week 4: applicability of competition rules to the healthcare sector - cartels and abuses of dominant position - use of intellectual property rights and competition law
  • Week 5: Services of General Economic Interest and competition law - state aids and public procurement in the healthcare sector

Applicable Groupings

Mode of Assessment

3,000-4,000 word essay


15 Credits