OFT guidelines for competition impact assessment (2002)

OFT guidelines (64 pages, PDF) on the competition filter that is to be conducted for all Government regulatory impact assessments, and the competition assessment to be undertaken when the filter is passed. The filter comprises nine questions: three about market shares, three about any non-uniform burdens arising from the regulatory proposal, one about restrictions on commercial freedom, one about rapid technological change and one about the likely effect of the proposal on market structure. According to the OFT, "if the number of yes answers is low ... policy officials and Ministers can be assured that the likely effects on competition are not seriously adverse".

Filed under Guidance, Impact assessment, OFT.

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