The Irish High Court considers that the Medical Council is not an association of undertakings, therefore domestic and EC Competition law rules do not apply (Ramadan Hemat)

The Irish Medical Council was established by legislative act in 1978 with, according to its website, a view to “protecting the interests of the public when dealing with registered practitioners”. In this regard, its principal duties are as follows; it guarantees the quality of both undergraduate and postgraduate medical education, it is in charge of the register of doctors, it conducts disciplinary procedures and, most importantly for the case at hand, it gives guidance on professional standards and ethical conduct. According to section 69(2) of the Medical Practitioners Act 1978 “It shall be a function of the Council to give guidance to the medical profession generally on all matters relating to ethical conduct and behaviour.” Pursuant to this provision, the Medical Council issued “A

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Orla Lynskey, The Irish High Court considers that the Medical Council is not an association of undertakings, therefore domestic and EC Competition law rules do not apply (Ramadan Hemat), 11 April 2006, e-Competitions Bulletin April 2006, Art. N° 1373

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