|Alleged violation of competition regulations in several countries|
|Supporting NCP(s)||None Selected|
|Description||Specific instance notified by an NGO regarding the activities of a multinational enterprise in several countries.|
|Date||20 Apr 2006|
|Host country(ies)||Belgium, Canada, Germany, Spain|
|Industry sector||Human health and social work activities|
In April 2006 the German NCP received a request for review from an NGO alleging that a German multinational enterprise had breached the competition provisions of the Guidelines in Germany. The request was further extended to Belgium, Canada, and Spain in July 2006.
The NGO specifically alleged that the company's sales force had breached the Guidelines especially when it came to influencing doctors, pharmacies and patients.
Following a careful assessment the German NCP concluded that it was not appropriate for the NCP to investigate the allegations for the following reasons:
Nevertheless the NCP offered it good offices to the NGO as well as to the company, however these were refused by the company and the NCP duly concluded the specific instance.