Section 30(2) of the Act enables the CAK to grant block exemptions on provisions of part III of the Act. The Act specifies that undertakings and their associations can apply for exemptions in areas relating to restrictive trade practices, intellectual property and exemptions for professional rules. Further, the public interest criteria for evaluating exemptions are provided for under section 26(3) of the Act. The specific considerations under this section are:
- maintaining or exporting exports;
- improving or preventing the decline in production or distribution of goods or the provision of services; and
- promoting technical or economic progress or stability in the industry.
To this end, the CAK has developed Block exemption guidelines.