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Conseil des maisons de vente 

The French Auction Market Authority, the Conseil des maisons de vente, is the French regulatory authority for the public auction market. It was established by Law 2022-267 of 28 February 2022 .

The Conseil des maisons de vente - The French auction market authority has the status of a public utility institution (établissement d’utilité publique) with a legal personality. It is composed of eleven members elected and appointed for four-year terms respectively by the Ministers of Justice, Economy and Culture. Its president is appointed by the Minister of Justice. 




Conseil des maisons de vente is responsible for:

  • registering the declarations of Commercial Auction Operator (opérateurs de ventes volontaires, OVV) for sales of movable assets by public auction.
  • registering the declarations of nationals of Member States of the European Union or of States that are party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area who occasionally carry out commercial auctions in France.
  • intervening in the event of non-compliance by market operators with their legal, regulatory or professional obligations. Several levels of intervention coexist without being mutually exclusive. The President of the Conseil has the power to suspend the activity of commercial auctions or the management of sales on an emergency basis. This is a temporary measure (lasting one month at most) however it may be extended by the Conseil for a period not exceeding three months. At the request of its Government Commissioner, a magistrate from the public prosecutor’s office, the Conseil may also impose disciplinary sanctions, by holding a disciplinary hearing. The Conseil’s decisions may be appealed before the Paris Court of Appeal. They are not exclusive of judicial, civil or criminal sanctions.
  • identifying best practices and promoting high standards for auctioneering services.
  • monitoring the economic activity of the auctioneering sector.
  • elaborating an ethical charter for auctioneering professionals.
  • Finally, Conseil des ventes oversees the organisation of continuing education and the professional training of future auctioneers. After an entrance examination, the training includes theoretical and practical courses leading to a certificate of aptitude authorizing graduates to conduct auctions. 

The CMV - The French auction market authority operates with a budget of less than €2m (outside of training activities), and it is funded by mandatory professional dues paid by auctioneering companies, based on the gross amount of fees they earn. The Conseil - The French auction market authority accounts are supervised by a chartered accountant and its financial and accounting management is subject to the oversight of the Court of Auditors (Cour des comptes).

Members of the Conseil des maisons de vente (2024)



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