A new act implementing the EU Unfair Commercial Practices Directive recently came into force. The act describes unfair market practices as those which are contrary to good practice and could or will materially distort the market behaviour of the average consumer before, during or after agreeing to buy a product.
A recent act amending the Civil Code materially changes the rules of limitation on personal injury claims for the benefit of consumers. In product liability cases injured parties will be able to assert their rights for a longer period. This is of particular importance in cases where a personal injury manifests itself many years after the event that caused it.
The amended Pharmaceutical Law, which came into force on May 1 2007, introduced a new type of marketing authorization for medicinal products. Imported medicinal products may now be placed on the market without obtaining the relevant authorization if the medicine is necessary for reasons of "safety of life and health".
In recent years there has been much discussion in Poland over the legality of selling medicinal products by mail order. However, on May 1 2007 an amendment to the Pharmaceutical Law came into force to allow generally accessible pharmacies and pharmaceutical outlets to sell by post medicinal products dispensed without a doctor's prescription.
The new Law on the Safety of Food and Nutrition has come into force. The new law harmonizes the Polish food legislation with EU requirements, in particular with regard to the obligations of food manufacturers and companies introducing food products onto the Polish market. The changes also affect the Polish dietary supplement sector.