Manufacturers of consumer goods must ensure compliance of their marketing communications with consumer laws. In addition, manufacturers must be aware of the other regulations concerning market supervision, general safety of products as well as requirements for non-food products and services. It is important to be mindful of the specific and ongoing activities of the President of UOKiK, market supervision authorities (e.g., the Trade Inspection Authority, construction supervision authorities) and other bodies responsible for performing inspections of specific product groups (e.g. State Sanitary Inspectorate), as well as the consequences of such inspections in the event of irregularities. Such consequences could involve an order to withdraw a product from the market, and/or the imposition of a fine.
In cooperating with partners, clients and competitors (actual or potential), manufacturing companies must not disregard the prohibition of competition-restricting agreements (see: Competition protection – Cooperation agreements and Distribution agreements).
Companies with market power should expect a more extensive evaluation of their practices by UOKiK in terms of abuse of market dominance.
Once the legally-defined turnover and jurisdictional thresholds of the Competition Act have been met, an intent to enter into a concentration (merger, acquisition, joint-venture) must be pre-notified to UOKiK and in some cases, to the European Commission for clearance.
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