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Competition and Regulatory Reforms in Professional Services

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This chapter discusses the core challenges for competition and regulatory reforms in professional services. The chapter presents the context for the 2006‐07 reforms of liberal professions, the so‐called Bersani reforms. The chapter analyses the various dimensions of conduct regulation, including prices, advertising, quality of services and forms of business, with a specific focus on pharmacists, engineers, architects, accountants and lawyers including notaries. This involves issues related to fee regulation and calculation methods, as well as the abolition of minimum and fixed prices. The chapter addresses the exclusive tasks for designated professionals, including limitations of notaries' reserved tasks in the recent period as well as related issues for pharmacy services, with implications for the sales of OTC products.

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: February 1, 2010


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