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Inspections in the sector of distribution and sale of medical devices

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Division of Cartels confirms that it conducted unannounced inspections at the business premises of companies active in the area of distribution and sale of medical devices.

The Office has reasonable suspicion that the investigated companies coordinated their behaviour mainly in the public procurements which have already been announced or which will be announced (so-called bid rigging). Cooperation between the undertakings concerned could take place mainly through:
  • agreements which directly or indirectly fix purchase or selling prices of goods or other trade conditions,exchange of sensitive information, in particular,
  • exchange of information on prices of goods, including purchase or selling prices of goods,
  • coordination of behaviour or concerted practice of these undertakings in public procurements, tenders.
The Office conducted an inspection of the suspicious undertakings in order to identify and examine all relevant facts and determine the level of participation of all undertakings concerned in the possible agreement restricting competition.

The fact that the Office conducted an inspection does not imply that the entities concerned have infringed the competition rules, nor does it prejudge the conclusions of the investigation. The Antimonopoly Office of the Slovak Republic does not provide further information at this stage of investigation.