Tribune News Network
The Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI), in cooperation with the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Municipality and the Ministry of Environment & Climate Change, conducted a joint inspection campaign on factories and outlets in the Industrial Area, to monitor suppliers’ compliance with Law No. (8) of 2008 on Consumer Protection, and the laws and regulations governing the practice of commercial activities in Qatar.
These inspection campaigns are part of the Ministry of Commerce & Industry's efforts to monitor markets and commercial activities across Qatar, and control prices, as well as detect abuses and commodities that are falsified, counterfeit or non-conforming to standard specifications.
The campaign resulted in the seizure of chemical products and 50 tonnes of expired gum powder used in manufacturing building materials, in violation of Article No (6) of Law No (8) of 2008 on Consumer Protection, which states: “No defective or adulterated commodity shall be sold, displayed, presented, promoted or advertised. The commodity shall be deemed to be adulterated or defective where it does not conform to the prescribed standard specifications, is unfit for use, or has expired.”
Violating Law No (8) of 2008 on Consumer Protection exposes perpetrators to penalties ranging from administrative closure to financial fines between QR3,000 and QR1,000,000.
The ministry stressed that it would not tolerate any negligence in terms of meeting obligations stipulated in Law No (8) of 2008 on Consumer Protection and its implementing regulations, as well as Law No (5) on Commercial, Industrial and Similar Public Shops, and Street Vendors. The Ministry assures that it intends to intensify its inspection campaigns to control violating practices. Any party who violates laws and Ministerial decisions will be referred to the relevant authorities, who would respond appropriately against violators to protect consumer rights.