The Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA) and Coronavirus

The Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA) are a non-ministerial government department that promotes competitions for the benefit of consumers.

The CMA have developed webpages aimed at tackling excessive pricing and other harmful practices during the Coronavirus outbreak

The CMA have urged retailers to behave responsibly and have created a taskforce who will consider any evidence that companies may have broken competition or consumer protection law. 

In particular, the taskforce will

- Scrutinise market developments to identify harmful sales and pricing practices as they emerge.

- Warn firms suspected of exploiting these exceptional circumstances – and people’s vulnerability – through unjustifiable prices or misleading claims. 

- Take enforcement action if there is evidence that firms may have breached competition or consumer protection law and they fail to respond to warnings.

If you want to report a business behaving unfairly Coronavirus outbreak you can do so by visiting: https://www.coronavirus-business-complaint.service.gov.uk/

To learn more about the CMA's work please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/competition-and-markets-authority