CMA’s approach to short-form opinions: CMA27

Approach and process being trialled by the CMA to provide short-form opinions on the application of competition law.



The short-form opinion (SfO) process provides guidance, within a prompt timetable, to businesses and their advisers. SfO requests must relate to the application of competition law to prospective agreements between competitors. These agreements must raise novel or unresolved questions, the clarification of which would benefit a wider audience.

This document outlines:

  • the purpose of SfOs
  • when a SfO might be available
  • the process for requesting and providing a SfO

The process is currently being trialled by the CMA and is only available for a limited number of cases per year.