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Competition Law compliance

The OFT has published guidance for businesses on competition law compliance. This includes specific advice for directors, general guidance for all businesses, a quick guide to competition law compliance and a short film.

Competition law compliance
Campaigns and materials
Interactive wheel


Interactive wheel

This wheel explains the four steps which the OFT recommends businesses take to ensure compliance with competition law.



Quick guide to Competition law compliance


Quick guide

The OFT's Quick Guide on Competition Law Compliance is aimed at the owners and directors of small businesses. It combines content from both the general guidance and guidance for directors documents.

Compliance film

 Understanding competition law film

'Understanding competition law' is a short film explaining what competition law is, why it is important, and how businesses can implement the OFT's suggested four-step process for competition law compliance.

Competition law compliance Consultation and research


Competition law compliance consultation and research  

The guidance in this section follows a consultation and research carried out by the OFT.

Guidance - Are you...
A Director?

The OFT believes that directors are key to establishing and maintaining an effective compliance culture within their company.

Guidance for directors

A Business?

Guidance that sets out the OFT's recommended risk-based four-step approach to achieving a competition law compliance culture for all businesses.

General guidance for all businesses

An adviser?

If you are a legal practitioner or adviser, use this section to find guidance and information specific to your sector.

Guidance for advisers


Our resource materials build on the findings of the OFT's research report Drivers of Compliance and Non-Compliance with Competition Law OFT1227 (pdf 736kb) published in May 2010. This identified the need for a risk-based approach to competition law compliance.


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