Article 16

1. Where the holder of the decision uses the information provided by the customs authorities for purposes other than those provided for in Article 21, the competent customs department of the Member State where the information was provided or misused may:
(a) revoke any decision adopted by it granting a national application to that holder of the decision, and refuse to extend the period during which the customs authorities are to take action;
(b) suspend in their territory, during the period during which the customs authorities are to take action, any decision granting a Union application to that holder of the decision.


2. The competent customs department may decide to suspend the actions of the customs authorities until the expiry of the period during which those authorities are to take action, where the holder of the decision:
(a) does not fulfil the notification obligations set out in Article 15;
(b) does not fulfil the obligation on returning samples set out in Article 19(3);
(c) does not fulfil the obligations on costs and translation set out in Article 29(1) and (3);
(d) without valid reason does not initiate proceedings as provided for in Article 23(3) or Article 26(9).
In the case of a Union application, the decision to suspend the actions of the customs authorities shall have effect only in the Member State where such decision is taken.