As is recognised within the Competition Act 1998 (The Act), Trade Bodies/Standards Bodies need to exercise care to ensure compliance with the Act. Bodies such as Criterion can be held liable in their own right for competition law infringements. In addition members or participants can be directly liable and subject to the same sanctions. It should be noted that decisions of bodies such as Criterion could constitute agreements between its participants.
It is Criterion’s policy to prevent any violation of any competition law with respect to any activities carried out under its auspices.
Criterion will not become involved in the competitive business decisions of its member companies, nor will it take any action that could prevent, restrict or distort competition in breach of relevant competition laws (in particular the UK Competition Act 1998 and Articles 81 and 82 of the EU Treaty of Rome).
Members, contributors and/or attendees at any of Criterion’s meetings, forums, working groups, presentations, seminars or other events must remember that they may well be marketplace competitors and that therefore any action or agreement which may potentially prevent, restrict or distort competition is likely to be unlawful. Members, speakers and attendees must individually exercise caution during such meetings to prevent a potential violation of the Act.
Competition compliance is the responsibility of every Criterion member, contributor and/or attendee at any Criterion event.