The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has launched a consultation on undertakings offered to address concerns raised over the acquisition of a national operator of dental practices.
The CMA is examining the completed purchase of Dental Partners Group by Riviera Bidco, the owner of existing dental practice operator Rodericks Dental.
It is investigating the potential impact of the merger in the areas where both businesses currently offer NHS or private dental treatments.
After completing its Phase 1 investigation, the regulator found that, while sufficient competition would remain after the merger in most cases, it would raise competition concerns in the provision of general NHS dental treatments, such as check-ups and fillings, in areas within Doncaster and Alfreton.
CapVest Partners, the ultimate controller of Riviera Bidco Ltd, has offered undertakings to the CMA which involve divesting two dental practices, each either belonging to Rodericks Dental or Dental Partners Group.
The practices would be sold as going concerns, and would include contracts with NHS England to provide general dental treatments to patients, site leases, key staff, and equipment.
The CMA has invited interested parties to comment on the proposals, with a deadline of 6 October set.
It has previously said it considers that there are reasonable grounds for believing that the undertakings, or a modified version of them, might be accepted under the Enterprise Act 2002.