Initially launched in 1993 in order to regulate relations between industry suppliers and health care professionals, and to ensure the independence of the latter in their choice of products offered to consumers, the so-called “antigifts” French law will be extended to opticians as of Oct. 1 this year. It will then be forbidden for eyewear suppliers of all kinds – lenses, contact lenses, frames, equipment – to offer gifts to French opticians, and for French opticians to accept them. For example, operations such as year-end gifts or prizes to reward good sales results will be prohibited. In case of infringement, the supplier and the optician will share legal responsibility. GIFO, the French eyewear industry association has published a series of explanatory memos on the subject.