Antitrust laws & trade associations


STANDARDIZATION AND CERTIFICATION



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STANDARDIZATION AND CERTIFICATION.

An association which develops voluntary

industry standards may face antitrust problems if the standard favors some and discriminates against others. Similarly association certification activities which further interests to certain groups, to the exclusion of others may result in antitrust problems.
INDUSTRY SELF-REGULATION.

Associations commonly establish codes of

ethics for their members, with procedures

enforcing them. It is laudable for an

association to promote high ethical standards but antitrust problems may arise of an

association’s attempt to enforce its code of

ethics causes economic injury .




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