Statement by the Government Communications Office on the recent changes to Law number (8) of 2008 concerning Combatting Commercial Fraud in Qatar

25 April 2019

On May 26th and June 6th 2018, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOCI) and the Ministry of Public Health issued provisional circulars to protect the rights of consumers in the State of Qatar. At that time, some goods entering Qatar did not meet standards and regulations in accordance with Law Number (8) of 2008 concerning Combatting Commercial Fraud, such as presenting misleading trading information on the promoted products.

The State of Qatar has reviewed the relevant consumer protection and public health legislation as well as regulations in light of the current situation.  It has found that, since the provisional instructions were implemented, there has been a decline of the previous violations considered to be acts of commercial fraud. Moreover, suppliers have taken the necessary measures to ensure the highest quality of products imported into Qatar.  Both the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and the Ministry of Public Health in Qatar are convinced that it is no longer necessary to continue applying these provisional circulars. These changes were circulated on March 31st 2019.

In this context, Qatar’s Government Communication Office affirms the commitment of the State of Qatar and its various institutions to provide the highest standards of quality while ensuring the protection of the legitimate interests of citizens and residents in compliance with international standards and charters, in addition with the compliance with the World Trade Organization rules.