Tip-offs to the Swedish Competition Authority
You can tip us off about competition and procurement problems. For example, you can do this if you have knowledge of a serious breach of legislation such as a cartel or an unauthorised direct procurement. But you can also notify us about general problems. Your tip-offs are an important complement to our supervisory efforts and help us ensure that the rules are followed.
How to make a tip-off
You can make a tip off by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to remain anonymous, it is important that your name is not listed in the email or anywhere else in the tip-off. If you wish to remain anonymous, we recommend creating a fictitious email address.
Call us at +46 (0)8-700 16 00 and state whether you wish to submit a procurement tip-off or a competition tip-off.
Send a letter to the Swedish Competition Authority, 103 85 Stockholm. If you wish to remain anonymous, it is important that your name is not listed in the letter or anywhere else in the tip-off. Please note that the documents that we receive become public documents. Read more about the principle of public access to official documents on the Swedish Government's website.
For procurement tip-offs that contain security-classified information, call us on 08-700 16 00 and state that you want to talk to the function for tip-offs. Once you have made contact with an employee at the function for tip-offs, start by stating that the tip-off contain security-protected information so we can ensure that you get in touch with an employee who is authorized to receive security-classified information.
Information to include in your tip-off
We need some information along with your tip-off about a violation of procurement law. Please provide the following information:
- What has been purchased?
- What was the cost (excluding VAT) of the purchase(s)?
- Which contracting authority/entity/body has made the purchase(s)?
- Which undertaking is the supplier?
- When was the purchase made?
- If a contract was concluded, when did this occur?
- Has the contracting authority/entity/body made similar purchases in the last year?
- Where can the Swedish Competition Authority turn to get more information about the purchase(s) in question?
Please attach any contracts, invoices, procurement documents or other documentation that you have available.
Competition tip-offs – information from undertakings
When undertakings submit a complaint about anticompetitive cooperation, abuse of a dominant position or anticompetitive public sales, we need the following information about your complaint/tip-off:
Description of your own undertaking
- What does your undertaking consist of?
- What turnover do you have and how has it developed?
- What are your market shares?
A description of the anticompetitive practice
- What does it consist of?
- Which actors are involved?
- Is it ongoing or concluded?
A description of the market structure
- Who are your main competitors, suppliers and customers?
- What characterises customers in the market (For example, are they public actors, small retailers, etc.?)?
- How do the purchases work (procurements, etc.)?
- What market shares do your main competitors, suppliers and customers have?
- How have your and your competitors’ market shares developed over time?
- Has the market changed in any way in recent years? If yes, in what way?
- Are there any barriers to entry? Has a particular actor established itself in the market?
How is the practice affecting the market?
- How is the practice affecting your undertaking?
- How is the practice affecting the market?
- Is there a risk that undertakings will be excluded from the market as a result of the practice? If yes, describe why and in what way.
- How is the practice affecting consumers?
If possible, attach documents that may help to substantiate your claim of a significant competition problem. Such documents may include, e.g., contracts, minutes from meetings, business documents, emails or other types of written correspondence. Tenders, price lists or marketing documents may also be relevant.
Please also indicate whether you believe that any of the information is subject to confidentiality. Specify this information.
When you make a tip-off
When we receive a tip-off, we initiate a preliminary study. The purpose of the preliminary study is to compile a dossier that allows us to make a prioritisation decision about whether to pursue the issue. We collect enough data to be able to make a prioritisation decision in accordance with our prioritisation policy.
Decision on whether to proceed with the case
Once we have sufficient documentation, we make a prioritisation decision about whether to pursue the issue. If we choose to pursue the case further, this may lead us to oblige the undertakings involved in the matter to cease their objectionable conduct. We may also decide that an undertaking must pay an administrative fee to the Swedish state for undermining competition.
Important information even if the case is not a priority
Even if we choose not to prioritise your tip-off, it may still be an important piece of the puzzle for us when planning our supervision, or in future interventions. However, in the case of a cartel-related tip-off, we cannot always provide feedback on how the tip-off is handled. This is because such feedback could harm our investigative work.