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Italy: Agency and Distribution Agreements - a Lexwork International Exclusive picture_as_pdf

This document defines Italy’s restrictions associated with freedom of contract regarding agency agreements and distribution agreements, as well as the differences between them. This resource also specifies the legal issues including exclusivity and non-compete provisions, choice of law, competition law issues, taxes, and international conventions. Prepared by: DS Avvocati Santa Maria Tristano Ziccardi.

Government Resources

Main Government Page
Statistics Office
Commerce Ministry
Export Promotion Agency
Investment Promotion Agency

Regulatory Agency Sites

The Italian Medicines Agency (AIFA) promotes good health through medicines by setting pharmaceutical policies and assuring their consistent application nationwide. AIFA promotes pharmaceutical research and development to further the safety and efficiency of drugs and medical devices. The site provides information on pricing and reimbursement, medical and scientific information, assessment and registration, and inspections and certifications.

The Italian Space Agency (ASI) is a significant player in space science, satellite technology, and the development of mobile systems for exploring the universe. The site provides users with educational information as well as current news, missions and projects, and a deeper look into the agency.  Some parts of the site are only available in Italian.

The Authority for Communications (AGCOM) regulates communications in Italy by implementing licenses to operators, promoting fair and accessible competition, resolving disputes, protecting copyrights, and supervising the quality and appropriateness of communication products to protect consumers. The site provides statistics on telecommunications in Italy, information on postal services, and access to a user section for consumers. This website is only available in Italian.

The Ministry of Health has been assigned the responsibility to look over the healthcare, veterinary healthcare, and occupational healthcare industries, as well as coordinate national health services and regulate hygiene and food safety in Italy. The site offers information on the ministry such as the functions, organizations, and information on the National Health Council. The site provides tools and services for users. Only available in Italian.

The National Commission for Society and the Stock Market (CONSOB) is responsible for the oversight and regulation of the Italian Financial Services Industry. The site contains a list of laws and resources, as well as an education section that covers basic legal financial material.

Other Resources

Invest in Torino Piemonte is an Italian regional service agency devoted to aiding foreign and domestic industries interested in doing business in Piemonte, in Northern Italy. They offer complete assistance to companies desiring to locate in Piemonte as well. The site provides services such as helping with the development of prospective companies and giving comprehensive information about all aspects of Piemonte.