The French Competition Authority concludes to an absence of infringement of competition rules following a complaint by several actors of the ophthalmic sector (Kalivia)

Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority.

Kalivia was not in breach of competition rules when it set up its network of authorised opticians*. The Autorité de la Concurrence was informed by a professional body of opticians (the SynOpE) and two manufacturers of ophthalmic lenses (Optiswiss and Balou Holding) of practices implemented by the Kalivia company in creating a network of authorised opticians for two supplementary health insurance bodies (OCAMs). This is not the first time that the Autorité de la concurrence has studied the issue of authorised healthcare networks. In its Opinion 09-A-46, it specified the conditions in which the development of networks of authorised healthcare professions could favour competition and the interests of patients. In this opinion, the Autorité examined a selection of the professionals who

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French Competition Authority, The French Competition Authority concludes to an absence of infringement of competition rules following a complaint by several actors of the ophthalmic sector (Kalivia), 26 February 2013, e-Competitions Bulletin February 2013, Art. N° 58430

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