The Belgian Competition Council clears a local opening hours scheme for pharmacists (F.N.H. / Ordre des pharmaciens - GLEP 30)

I. Parties This case arose from a complaint lodged by a retail pharmacy outlet (“the applicant”) before the Belgian Competition Council (“the Council”) Initially, the complaint targeted the Belgian Pharmacists Association (“BPA”), but the Council subsequently decided on its own motion to extend the case to a local pharmacists' association responding to the name of “GLEP 30 Guillemins-Fragnée” (“GLEP 30”). II. Facts In Belgium, the pharmacists' profession is regulated by a Code of deontology which devises a number of rules of conducts and ethical principles. Infringements to this code are subject to a disciplinary procedure before the BPA . The code provides in particular that pharmacists should abide by the Belgian rules

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Alexandre Defossez, Grégory Royer, The Belgian Competition Council clears a local opening hours scheme for pharmacists (F.N.H. / Ordre des pharmaciens - GLEP 30), 20 December 2007, e-Competitions Bulletin Competition in the Pharmaceutical sector, Art. N° 25689

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