Ministry of Economy and Commerce shuts down company for one month and pharmacy for one week over violation of consumer protection law

March 06, 2016

The Ministry of Economy and Commerce has announced the one-month administrative closure of a company, located in Al-Wakrah over the display and sale of counterfeit products.
The Ministry has also closed a pharmacy, located in Al-Aziziyah for one week over the display and sale of expired children’s milk.
The closures comes within the framework of inspection campaigns carried out by the ministry in an effort to monitor the market and commercial activity in the State of Qatar; in a bid to offset price manipulation and expose violations pertaining to counterfeit goods and non-conformance with standard specifications.
Inspectors from the Ministry fined both the company and the pharmacy, in line with article (7) of law number (8) of 2008. The law stipulates that suppliers of goods shall clearly display on product labels a clear description of goods and their ingredients and refrain from posting any misleading or false statements.
The administrative closure is published on the ministry’s website as well as two daily newspapers at the offending company and pharmacy’s own expense in line with article (3) of law no (8) on consumer protection.
The Ministry stated that it is determined to protect consumer rights and will intensify its inspection campaigns to crack down on all violations of the consumer protection law. The Ministry said it will refer violators of laws and ministerial decrees to the competent authorities, who will take appropriate action against perpetrators in order to protect the rights of consumers.
The Ministry of Economy and Commerce urges all consumers to report any violations to its Consumer Protection and Anti-Commercial Fraud department and send complaints and suggestions through the following communication channels:
Hotline: 16001
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