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FTC RIN: 3084-AB49 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Disclosure Requirements and Prohibitions Concerning Franchising 

On February 13, 2019, the Commission announced it was initiating periodic review of the Franchise (Rule). The comment period closed on April 21, 2019. The Rule gives prospective purchasers of franchises the material information they need in order to weigh the risks and benefits of such an investment. The Rule requires franchisors to provide all potential franchisees with a disclosure document containing 23 specific items of information about the offered franchise, its officers, and other franchisees. Required disclosure topics include, for example: the franchise’s litigation history, past, and current franchisees and their contact information, any exclusive territory that comes with the franchise, assistance the franchisor provides franchisees, and the cost of purchasing and starting a franchise. If a franchisor makes representations about the financial performance of the franchise, this topic also must be covered, as well as the material basis backing up those representations. On September 4, 2020, the Commission announced that it would hold a public workshop on November 10, 2020. 85 FR 55850 (Sept. 10, 2020). The public comment period related to the issues discussed at the workshop closed on December 17, 2020.

Agency: Federal Trade Commission(FTC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Prerule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 16 CFR 436   
Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 41 to 58   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Rule Review; Request for Comments  03/15/2019 
Comment Period Closing Date  04/21/2019 
Public Workshop Announcement  09/10/2020  85 FR 55850   
Public Workshop  11/10/2020 
Public Workshop Comment Period Closing Date  12/17/2020 
Staff Review of Public Comments  12/00/2023 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: State 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
International Impacts: This regulatory action will be likely to have international trade and investment effects, or otherwise be of international interest.
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RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Related RINs: Split from 3084-AA63 
Agency Contact:
Christine Todaro
Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20580
Phone:202 326-3711