The French Competition Authority launches an inquiry in the hearing aid retail sector

The Autorité de la concurrence shall begin, at its own initiative, gathering information in order to assess the state of competition within in the hearing aid retail sector, before publishing any recommendations it considers necessary in order to improve the situation.* Having observed low levels of hearing aid use among French citizens and the elevated cost of devices, the Autorité de la concurrence has decided, at its own initiative, to hold a consultation in order to evaluate the state of competition within the sector and to identify any obstacles to the lowering of prices. In order to gather the necessary information, the Autorité will investigate all those active in the sector (including manufacturers, intermediaries, distributors, prescribers and consumers). A public consultation

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French Competition Authority, The French Competition Authority launches an inquiry in the hearing aid retail sector, 10 February 2016, e-Competitions Bulletin February 2016, Art. N° 78297

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