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New Company Code requires marketing authorisation holders to amend their documents


The new Belgian Company Code, which concerns companies and associations, and which came into force on 1 May 2019, refers to only 4  corporate forms. This will have implications for some authorisations and registrations in the sense that holders thereof are now required to amend their documents.

The private limited liability company (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid – bvba or société privée à responsabilité limitée – SPRL) and cooperative limited liability company (coöperatieve vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid – cvba or société cooperative à responsabilité limitée – SCRL) are among the corporate forms that have been abolished, having now been restyled as private company (besloten vennootschap – bv or société à responsabilité limitée – SRL) and cooperative company (coöperatieve vennootschap – cv or société coopérative – SC), respectively. The holder of a marketing authorisation (MA) for a medicinal product is stated inter alia in the medicine’s product information. This means that MA holders are now required to amend their documents. The holders of other authorisations and registrations are required to do the same.

How to amend documents relating to other authorisations or registrations with FAMHP
The new Company Code does not affect the validity of other authorisations or registrations, such as activity licences, import and export licences, or registrations as an economic operator. To communicate the new form of your company to us, please inform us when your authorisation comes up for periodic renewal:

  • Your correct corporate form must be stated on your authorisation by 1 January 2024 at the latest. That is also the last date upon which you may submit any amendments to your articles of association.
  • If you need an amended authorisation, i.e. one that states your correct articles of associations, please request one by writing to the ordinary contact address for your type of authorisation.
  • The validity period of your authorisation will remain the same. It will not be extended as in the case of a renewal.


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