§ 1103.8. Store peer group system.

 (a)  The Department will establish a store peer group system, including distinct competitive pricing criteria and allowable reimbursement levels for each peer group.

 (b)  The Department will create peer groups based upon at least two criteria selected by the Department. These criteria may include the size of a store sales floor, number of cash registers in the store, number of stores owned, and a measure of geography, such as metropolitan or other statistical areas that form distinct labor and product markets. The Department will annually publish the peer group selection criteria in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

 (c)  The Department will place a store seeking authorization into an appropriate peer group based upon information gathered from the store’s application as completed by the store and returned to the local agency in accordance with §  1103.1(b)(1) (relating to authorization and reauthorization process and requirements). The Department will notify a store of its peer group classification prior to conducting an onsite review under §  1103.1(b)(5). A WIC authorized store seeking reauthorization shall remain in the peer group previously selected for the store unless otherwise notified by the Department.

 (d)  A WIC authorized store shall adhere to the competitive prices and maximum allowable prices applicable to the store’s peer group.

 (e)  A WIC authorized store shall inform the Department of any store changes applicable to the peer group selection criteria in effect.


   The provisions of this §  1103.8 adopted under section 2102(g) of The Administrative Code of 1929 (71 P. S. §  532(g)).


   The provisions of this §  1103.8 adopted September 11, 2009, effective immediately, 39 Pa.B. 5292.

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