The Irish Competition Authority issues guidance note on preferred repairer arrangements in the insurance sector

In December 2012, the Irish Competition Authority (ICA) issued a Guidance Note on Preferred Repairer Arrangements in the Insurance Sector [1]. As broadly defined by the ICA, these arrangements are arrangements that insurance companies enter into with service providers to provide repair, restoration and replacement services to policy holders who make claims” [2]. Agreements of this sort are common in the automobile insurance (and repair) industry and are becoming increasingly used in the settlement of insurance claims which result in repairs to homes. Preferred Repairer Arrangements are not a uniquely Irish phenomenon—they are also a feature of the UK's automobile insurance and repair market [3]. Given the pervasive nature of these arrangements and their apparently anti-competitive

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Bruce Wardhaugh, The Irish Competition Authority issues guidance note on preferred repairer arrangements in the insurance sector, 19 December 2012, e-Competitions Bulletin December 2012, Art. N° 53111

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