Guidance

Competition law exclusion orders relating to coronavirus (COVID-19)

A register of agreements relating to exclusion orders made by powers under paragraph 7 of Schedule 3 to The Competition Act 1998.

Under competition law, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy can make legislation to relax UK competition rules for certain agreements which might normally be considered anti-competitive.

This is known as a ‘public policy exclusion order’.

The Secretary of State has made a number of exclusion orders to enable a rapid and coordinated response to coronavirus (COVID-19).

In order to qualify for the exclusions under the orders, agreements must be notified to the Secretary of State. The orders require the Secretary of State to maintain and publish a register of notified agreements.

This page contains links to each exclusion order and the agreements notified to the Secretary of State.

Groceries

The following agreements have been notified under The Competition Act 1998 (Groceries) (Coronavirus) (Public Policy Exclusion) Order 2020.

Dairy produce

Agreements notified under The Competition Act 1998 (Dairy Produce) (Coronavirus) (Public Policy Exclusion) Order 2020.

Agreements notified to the Secretary of State will be published in due course.

Solent maritime crossings

The following agreements have been notified under The Competition Act 1998 (Solent Maritime Crossings) (Coronavirus) (Public Policy Exclusion) Order 2020.

Health services for patients in England

The following agreements have been notified under The Competition Act 1998 (Health Services for Patients in England) (Coronavirus) (Public Policy Exclusion) Order 2020.

Health services for patients in Wales

The following agreements have been notified under The Competition Act 1998 (Health Services for Patients in Wales) (Coronavirus) (Public Policy Exclusion) Order 2020.

Published 21 May 2020