What is the legislation establishing the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission?
The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission ('the CCPC') was established on 31 October 2014 under the Competition and Consumer Protection Act 2014 (2014 Act). The CCPC was established following the amalgamation of the Competition Authority and the National Consumer Agency. It carries out the functions previously exercised by those two bodies, which have now each been abolished.
What are the CCPC’s statutory functions?
The CCPC has a dual competition and consumer protection mandate. The statutory functions of the CCPC are set out primarily in section 10 of the 2014 Act. They include:
Promoting and protecting the interests and welfare of consumers
Carrying out investigations into suspected breaches of competition or consumer protection law
Enforcing competition and consumer protection law
Encouraging compliance with competition and consumer protection law, including by publishing practical guidance on how to comply with the law
The CCPC is also responsible for promoting compliance with a new regulatory regime in the Grocery sector.
What other legislation is relevant to the work of the CCPC?
The CCPC’s powers are set out in the 2014 Act and in a broad range of related legislation: