A Dutch Court annuls a decision of the Competition Authority which imposed fines on three associations of psychologists and psychotherapists for issuing price guidelines (NIP - LVE - NVVP)

NIP, LVE and NVVP are three associations of psychologists and psychotherapists. At least 33% of independent psychologists established in The Netherlands are members of NIP. Psychologists can only adhere to LVE if they are members of NIP. 60% of independent psychotherapists established in The Netherlands are members of NVVP. Those associations were collaborating within the framework of a structure named “Psychotherapy Platform” in order to determine recommended prices for psychological services. They issued non binding price guidelines to their members since 1998. On April 26, 2004, the Dutch Competition Authority (hereafter the “Nma”) adopted a decision holding that those price guidelines had the object of restricting competition and were in breach of Article 6 of the Dutch Competition

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  • European Commission - DG HR (Brussels)

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Tristan Baumé, A Dutch Court annuls a decision of the Competition Authority which imposed fines on three associations of psychologists and psychotherapists for issuing price guidelines (NIP - LVE - NVVP), 17 July 2006, e-Competitions July 2006, Art. N° 12387

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