Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation
Implementation toolkit on legislative actions for consumer protection enforcement
Countries have made significant efforts in recent years to develop domestic, regional
and international frameworks for consumer protection enforcement co-operation across
borders. However, recent work by the OECD Committee on Consumer Policy has shown that
challenges remain in many countries, in particular a lack of legal authority to fully
engage in enforcement co-operation.
This toolkit acts a practical resource for consumer protection enforcement agencies
that do not currently have the domestic legal authority needed for enforcement co-operation
to make the case for obtaining relevant legislative tools. It also provides guidance
to ensure related legislative reforms are fit for purpose.
The toolkit sets out a range of legislative actions countries may take to improve
cross-border enforcement co-operation, covering investigatory powers, enforcement
outcomes and co-operation practices. Its annex addresses operational and legal issues,
and provides concrete examples of cases and legislation from a broad range of both
OECD countries and partner economies.