Moci Clarifies Why Identities Of Violators Are Not Published


(MENAFN- The Peninsula) The Peninsula Online

Doha: The Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI) has issued a clarification regarding what has been published in newspapers and social media regarding the Ministry not publishing commercial names of violators.

The Ministry revealed that it is not allowed to publish data on violators-commercial names for companies and personal names for individuals-unless it adjudicates against the violating establishment or carries out an administrative closure against the violating establishment only, as per the provisions of the law enacted in Qatar.

The difference between a "violation" and an "administrative closure"-as per the MoCI-is that the ministry is not allowed to reveal the violator's identity when handing out violations.

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However, the Ministry retains every right to publish the name of the violating side if it has issued an "administrative closure" order against it.

The "administrative closure" decision is made according to "standards approved by the ministry," among them:

- Direct damage the facility may have inflicted on a consumer's health

- Repeat offenses

- The seizure of large amounts of violating goods.

"Violations" on the other hand, are carried out through either inspection campaigns, or upon receiving a number of complaints, and its procedures include:

- Reconciliations made between the ministry and the violating party

- The referral of the matter to the legal authorities.

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