The French Competition Authority launches an investigation into certification and standardisation processes in order to identify any adverse effects on competition

On 21 January 2014, the French Competition Authority (FCA) launched, on its own initiative, an investigation into certification and standardisation processes. It is an interesting step justified, according to the FCA, by the growth of these processes in recent years. The FCA already has a relatively established practice regarding the drafting and implementation of professional and technical standards and their assessment under competition law. In the mid-90s, the FCA established that products or services not benefiting from a specific professional qualification may be at competitive disadvantage. The acquisition of a recognized qualification or label was, and still is, considered to facilitate entry onto the market for certain undertakings. However, specified requirements for

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Ombline Ancelin, The French Competition Authority launches an investigation into certification and standardisation processes in order to identify any adverse effects on competition, 21 January 2014, e-Competitions January 2014, Art. N° 77265

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