The UK's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) promotes competition for the benefit of consumers, both within and outside the UK. Its mission is to make markets work well in the interests of consumers, businesses and the economy.
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Competition and Markets Authority's Responsibilities
The Competition and Markets Authority is responsible for:
- investigating mergers which could restrict competition.
- conducting market studies and investigations in markets where there may be competition and consumer problems.
- investigating where there may be breaches of UK or EU prohibitions against anti-competitive agreements and abuses of dominant positions.
- bringing criminal proceedings against individuals who commit the cartel offence.
- enforcing consumer protection legislation to tackle practices and market conditions that make it difficult for consumers to exercise choice.
- co-operating with sector regulators and encouraging them to use their competition powers.
- considering regulatory references and appeals.
We work in partnership with other a range of organisations in the UK and internationally.
In the UK these include:
- Trading Standards
- Citizens Advice and Citizens’ Advice Scotland
- business groups
- sector regulators
- other government departments
- fellow competition and consumer bodies across the world
Internationally the CMA works to promote enforcement cooperation and the convergence of rules and standards. We work with:
- European partners in the Consumer Protection Cooperation (CPC) Network and the European Competition Network (ECN)
- the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
- the International Competition Network (ICN)
- the International Consumer Protection Enforcement Network (ICPEN)
Movers and Shakers
Chairman:Lord David Currie of Marylebone
Chief Executive: Alex Chisholm