Interaction rules for reference groups
- Participating is voluntary.
- A company may not be punished for not participating.
- It is not allowed to discuss:
– prices, discounts or other pricing conditions
– boycotts or division of markets, customers, services or products
– market shares, sales volumes, costs and other company secrets.
- A company is not allowed to provide information as to whether the company intends to submit tenders in a future procurement. Also, a company may not provide information about the price levels that will be provided in a future bid or information that may affect such price levels.
- Such discussions as mentioned in paragraphs C and D above, cannot take place before or after user group meetings and anything like them, under GS1 or Validoo management.
- If a participant feels that the group is about to start discussing an unauthorized topic, the discussion must be adjourned until a lawyer with expertise in competition law can give a statement on the topic´s compatibility with the competition law.
- The meeting is to be held in accordance with a pre-determined agenda and shall be documented in a protocol immediately after the meeting.
- Tests or data collection should be controlled by agreements, drawn up together with a lawyer with expertise in competition law.
- The recommendations issued by a committee or a GS1 or Validoo user group are recommendations only. Each individual company is free to make independent and competitive decisions
Reference group meetings and integrity
Each user group meeting is documented in the form of a protocol, drawn up immediately after the meeting and distributed to participants via email.
Meeting protocols include information about meeting participants, with name and organization-/company affiliation.
The permanent participants of the groups can be viewed on the web as well as Our reference groups, in connection to information about each user group.