Effective 01 November 2022
The IRG-WP - The International Research Group on Wood Protection (otherwise known as the IRG) policy is to comply fully and strictly with international antitrust laws, and other applicable international antitrust regulations. This policy is motivated by a firm respect and belief in the antitrust laws and the recognition of the potentially severe detrimental consequences of antitrust violations. Broadly stated, the basic objective of the antitrust laws is to preserve and promote competition. These laws are premised on the assumption that private enterprise and free competition are the most efficient ways to allocate resources, produce goods at the lowest possible price, and assure the production of high-quality products.
Our aim is to conduct ourselves in such a way as to avoid any potential for antitrust exposure in the first instance. Full compliance with the antitrust laws is a requirement for IRG membership, and responsibility for compliance rests with each member. To comply with the antitrust laws, members should not discuss certain subjects when they are together — either at formal meetings or in informal contacts with other industry members. Topics to avoid discussing with competitors include: proprietary prices, price trends, timing of price changes, costs of common inputs, margins, terms of sale, discounts and rebates, advertised prices, promotional programs, inventory levels, production levels, capacities, new projects, and the like. Further, ISPOR and its members are prohibited from collectively:
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