The AFA supervises, controls, and enforces the implementation and effectiveness of mandatory compliance programs under the Sapin II Law. It has the power to initiate inspections on its own initiative. The AFA’s investigators can request documents and information they consider relevant; visit the premises of a company to conduct on-site verifications and inspections; and interview managers, employees, or any other relevant individuals. Obstructing or hindering the AFA’s inspection (e.g., by refusing to produce documents, be interviewed by inspectors, or employing delay tactics to hamper the inspection) is punishable by a fine, not to exceed EUR 30,000.

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