Latest developments Facts and Figures

The speed at which regulation is being introduced can make it very difficult to keep up with. New laws and legislation are constantly and rapidly emerging across the world. This compilation of regulation reports demonstrates the volume of legislation that has already been adopted, or is currently under consideration. These laws span a vast number of countries and a variety of industries. The search function enables you to filter the results and view the legislative frameworks that may effect you, either now or in the future.

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A Labor government would consider forcing food companies to make products healthier, but Scott Morrison says the party shouldn’t interfere in people’s lives.

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More ‘harmful’ products could be added to the UAE’s excise tax list. The UAE is considering adding more products to the excise tax list, according to a statement from the Ministry of Finance.

The excise tax currently applies to three categories; tobacco products, energy drinks and carbonated drinks. When it was introduced in October 2017, it increased the cost of carbonated drinks by 50 per cent, and doubled the price of tobacco products and energy drinks.

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In the UK there are discussions developing that all new cars will be fitted with devices that make sure they automatically keep to the speed limit in a move billed as the biggest overhaul of road safety in more than 50 years.

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A public health law revision is under review in South Korea to require pictorial warnings of health hazards on alcoholic beverages, officials said Wednesday.

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ONGOING: In January 2019, reportedly, President Rodrigo Duterte gave his backing to a new piece of legislation that proposes new taxes on Alcohol and Tobacco, with alcohol taxation to be set at P40 per liter. As of January 2019, the legislation is still awaiting procedural consent.

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ONGOING: On 4th October 2018 the government announced plans to introduce an increase in tax on alcohol by an average 2.5 percent from 2019.

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ONGOING: A new excise duty for alcoholic beverages and tobacco took effect on 4th June 2018. The Minister of Finance said that the new excise duties will be ‘spread’ from 2018 to 2020 to moderate the impact of the price increases. He is also seeking to introduce VAT rises on certain select products, with carbonated drinks being highlighted as a potential option.

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ONGOING: In October 2018, it was reported that the Government believes that it will collect up to $2.5m a year from a 2% tax imposed on drinks, including beer, spirits and local liquor. Following regulatory updates it is reported these funds will be channeled into a new HIV and AIDS trust fund.

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ONGOING: In May 2017 accounced intention to tax sugary and sweetened drinks. [207] A 19 October 2018 study praised the regulatory efforts taken by Ecuador to tackle the over-consumption of sugary, sweetened beverages.