December 30, 2021

Congress Takes Aim at Third-Party Platform Accountability for Counterfeits

National Association of Boards of Pharmacy

In a co-authored article for the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), government and regulatory affairs partner Libby Baney and Faegre Drinker Consulting manager Jillian Brady discuss steps Congress took in 2021 to protect Americans from counterfeit products by bringing transparency and accountability to e-commerce marketplaces.

First, the authors detail two recent anti-counterfeiting campaigns. They also outline two bills: the Integrity, Notification and Fairness in Online Retail Marketplaces for Consumers Act and the Stopping Harmful Offers on Platforms by Screening Against Fakes in E-Commerce Act of 2021 (SHOP SAFE Act of 2021).

In conclusion, the authors state that comprehensive reform of e-commerce and other internet service providers will be a priority in 2022. When Congress reconvenes, they expect to see several bills reintroduced that are likely to transform the e-commerce landscape.

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