The Grocery Regulations introduced in April 2016 place significant obligations on grocery businesses in relation to contractual terms and commercial practices. (For more information on the Grocery Sector Regulations in general, click here).

To encourage compliance and to aid enforcement, all Relevant Grocery Goods Undertakings (RGGUs) are required to compile Annual Compliance Reports detailing their compliance with the Regulations. Annual Compliance Reports must be submitted to the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission ("CCPC") which recently published guidance on the process.

The first Annual Compliance Report is in respect of the period from 30 April 2016 to 31 December 2016. The deadline for submitting this Report to the CCPC is 31 March 2017.