Recommendations and Best Practices on Competition Law and Policy


The OECD Council has adopted a number of non-binding Recommendations on competition law and policy. In addition, the Competition Committee has adopted Best Practices. These Recommendations and Best Practices are often catalysts for major change by governments. 


List of OECD Recommendations and Best Practices on Competition
2019  Recommendation concerning Effective Action against Hard Core Cartels
2014  Recommendation concerning International Co-operation on Competition Investigations and Proceedings
2012  Recommendation on Fighting Bid Rigging in Public Procurement
2011  Recommendation concerning Structural Separation in Regulated Industries
2009  Recommendation on Competition Assessment
2005  Guiding principles for Regulatory Quality and Performance
2005  Best practices on Information Exchange
2005  Recommendation concerning Merger Review
1979  Recommendation on Competition Policy and Exempted or Regulated Sectors 
Related reports

Regular reports are issued to analyse experiences in implementing these recommendations or yet their relevance. Access more reports by the Competition Committee

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Review of the 1998 OECD Recommendation concerning effective action against hard core cartels

This report reviews the implementation and relevance of the former 1998 OECD Council Recommendation concerning Effective Action against Hard Core Cartels  [OECD/LEGAL/0294] and highlights recent developments since its adoption which resulted in the adoption of the 2019 OECD Recommendation concerning effective action against hard core cartels [OECD/LEGAL/0452].  

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Structural separation in regulated industries: 2016 report

This report analyses experiences of OECD countries in implementing the OECD recommendation on structural separation in regulated industries and concludes that structural separation remains a relevant remedy to advance the process of market liberalisation and that the areas of application can include vertically integrated industries where only some activities are subject to competitive constraints.

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Fighting Bid Rigging in Public Procurement: 2016 report

This report shows how competition and public procurement agencies have been using the 2012 Recommendation to raise awareness of bid rigging risks and develop tools to prevent and detect bid rigging in public procurement. It concludes that the Recommendation is relevant and continues to be a solid basis for better competition in procurement markets.

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