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This document details the summary of responses to the consultation on investigation and enforcement functions that was published in July 2013.
The Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) Act 2013 came into force on 25 June 2013. The role of the Adjudicator is to:
- ensure that supermarkets treat their main suppliers lawfully and fairly
- investigate complaints
- arbitrate in disputes
The Adjudicator enforces the Groceries Supply Code of Practice set out in the Groceries (Supply Chain Practices) Market Investigation Order 2009. This order came into force on 4 February 2010.
The legislation requires the Adjudicator to publish guidance explaining how the Groceries Code Adjudicator will run investigations, and decide on enforcement actions and the penalties to impose, as a result of complaints about GSCOP breaches. The guidance sets out the steps the Adjudicator will follow and the actions available, including how and when sanctions will be applied.
The GCA cannot start investigations until the final guidance is published but it can arbitrate on disputes and receive complaints which may lead to an investigation. This consultation seeks feedback on the guidance before it is finalised.
See also the GCA Supporting Facts.