The Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI) has announced that it has recorded 68 violations by different companies and commercial stores during the inspection campaigns that it recently carried out and included markets in all areas in the country, 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 the Covid-19 outbreak.
In a statement released by the ministry, 61 of the violations 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 states 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 sterilisers that do not conform to the standard specifications, which is a violation of Article 6 of the same law, which states 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 QR3,000 and QR1,000,000.
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 will 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 will refer those who violate the laws to the competent authorities to take appropriate measures.
The ministry urged all consumers to report any violations via the call centre 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.