The IFR advocates free and fair competition. This is why the IFR is committed to fulfilling all the requirements of competition law. Competition law violations may lead to substantial penalties and adversely affect involved companies, employees, and associations. To protect your own personal interests, those of your company, and the overall association activities, compliance with the existing competition rules is key.
Therefore, we would like to draw your attention to national and regional e.g. European, competition law that prohibits discussions on competitive topics, including prices or discounts, or the exchange of other sensitive company data during association meetings. The prohibition also extends to the coordination of industry practices and the making of decisions and agreements to such effect. Any such behaviour is susceptible to severe penalties that will be imposed on the association and its member companies. Thus, adherence to these basic rules is essential.
Compliance in Statistics
The IFR Statistical Department ensures the confidentiality of individual company data. Access to raw data is strictly limited to IFR Statistical Department staff. The IFR Statistical Department will never provide company-level data to third parties neither outside nor inside the IFR. This means that the IFR Statistical Department publishes only aggregated data by country, by industry, or by application area. The IFR Statistical Department will not reveal data if a number consists of less than four observations. This is to prevent mathematical retrieval of company-level data. If there are less than four reports, the numbers will be added to “all others” or “unspecified”. This rule has been applied since 2014.
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