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Cartel Immunity Programme
Cartel Immunity Programme (updated 22 January 2015) (PDF - 263.8KB)
This notice outlines the policy and procedures involved in applying for immunity from prosecution for criminal offences under the Competition Act, 2002.
The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (the Commission) has identified the pursuit of cartels as a top priority. Cartel behaviour is almost inevitably harmful to consumers as it results in their having to pay more than they should for goods and services. Cartels are by their very nature conspiratorial. The participants are secretive and hard-core cartels are notoriously difficult to detect and prosecute successfully. This Programme encourages self-reporting of unlawful cartels by offenders at the earliest possible stage.
This notice makes transparent the policy of both the Commission and the Director of Public Prosecutions (the DPP) in considering applications for immunity in such cases of self-reporting. It also outlines the process through which parties must agree to co-operate, in order to qualify for immunity.
A revised Programme came into effect on 22 January 2015.