The Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOCI) has announced the seizure of 68 violations of different companies and commercial stores during the inspection campaigns that it recently carried out and included markets in all country's areas, in order to ensure the extent of compliance with the implementation of Law No. (8) of 2008 regarding consumer protection, and the regulations in force in light of Covid-19 outbreak.
In a statement released by the ministry, 61 of the violations seized were non-compliance with the conditions related to health and safety for the consumer, a violation of Article No. 13 of the Consumer Protection Law No. 8 of 2008, which stated that the supplier shall guarantee the conformity of the commodity or service to the declared and approved standard specifications, and the supplier shall be held liable for non-compliance with the conditions of public health and safety.
The remaining seven violations are related to selling face masks and sterilizers that do not conform to the standard specifications, which is a violation of Article 6 of the same law, which stated that no defective commodity shall be old, displayed, presented, promoted or advertised.
The penalty for violating Law No. 8 of 2008 ranges between administrative closure and financial fines which vary between QR 3,000 and QR 1000,000.
The Ministry noted that these inspection campaigns come within the framework of its keenness to regulate and monitor markets and commercial activities in the country with the aim of controlling prices in order to protect consumers' rights.
It stressed that it be firm for all those who flout the Consumer Protection Law and its implementing regulations, and that it would intensify its inspection campaigns to follow up and monitor suppliers who are not committed to the laws, and referring those who violates the laws to the competent authorities to take appropriate measures against them.
The Ministry urged all consumers to report any violations via the call center 16001, or by e-mail to infomoci.gov.qa, and the ministry's accounts on social media, Twitter: MOCIQATAR, Instagram: MOCIQATAR, and the MOCIQATAR mobile phone app.
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