Medical equipment: anti-competitive practices

The CMA is investigating suspected breaches of competition law relating to the supply of medical equipment under Chapter I CA98.

Case timetable

Date Action
July 2017 (estimate) Decision whether to proceed with the investigation or to close the investigation
April to July 2017 Initial investigation: information gathering, including issuing formal or informal information requests and receipt of parties’ responses
11 April 2017 Investigation opened

Case information

On 11 April 2017, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) launched an investigation into suspected breaches of competition law in respect of the supply of medical equipment in the UK. The investigation is under Chapter I of the Competition Act 1998 (CA98). The investigation relates to suspected anti-competitive agreement(s) or concerted practice(s) which restrict the prices at which retailers may advertise or sell medical equipment online.

The CMA has not at this stage reached a view as to whether there is sufficient evidence of an infringement of competition law for it to issue a statement of objections to the party/parties under investigation. Not all cases result in the CMA issuing a statement of objections. As a result, it would not be appropriate to include any further estimates of the timing of any later investigative steps at this stage.

Changes to the timing of original entries in the case timetable will be made where the estimated timing changes.


Media contact

Simon Belgard (020 3738 6472,

Assistant Project Director

Eithne McCarthy (020 3738 6164,

Project Director

Christiane Kent (020 3738 6250,

Senior Responsible Officer

Ann Pope (020 3738 6786,

Anyone with information about suspected anti-competitive activity is encouraged to contact the CMA.

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