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This policy is compiled for members in accordance with the Association’s constitution. It is circulated to all members and is used to preface all of the Association’s meetings of members.
The Association, its meetings, committees and secretariat will comply with all applicable competition law (competition, antitrust and similar laws) including those of the United States of America, the European Union, the United Kingdom and other countries in which the Association is active.
Meetings of competitors under the guidance of the Association are not prevented by competition law. However, members must not use the forum provided by the Association in order to co-ordinate their activities, to influence the conduct of a competitor or to discuss commercially sensitive issues. This policy strictly prohibits any behaviour, including exchanges of information between members, that might constitute or imply an anti-competitive arrangement. Each member must exercise its independent business judgement and compete actively in the marketplace. Any activity that could create even the appearance of a restriction or distortion of competition must be strictly avoided. All meetings will start with this policy as the first item on the agenda.
Members should comply with the following guidelines when meeting:
During any meetings, do not discuss or agree current or future information in relation to:
You can discuss issues of general concern to members of the Association and share non-sensitive information, e.g. general market trends, historical (i.e. more than 1 year old), aggregated and/or publicly available data.
Trade associations can be targets for government agencies patrolling and enforcing compliance with competition law. By conducting its business openly and avoiding even the appearance that it is engaging in activity that might seem to have an effect on prices or competition, the Association and members can protect themselves from charges of violations of competition law.
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