Who we are
The International Consumer Protection Enforcement Network (ICPEN) is a membership organisation consisting of consumer protection law enforcement authorities from across the globe. ICPEN provides a forum for developing and maintaining regular contact between consumer protection agencies and focusing on consumer protection concerns. By encouraging cooperation between agencies ICPEN aims to enable its members to have a greater impact with their consumer laws and regulations
In 1991, at the initiative of Denmark's Consumer Ombudsman, plans emerged for an informal network of consumer authorities from various countries, involved with the enforcement of fair trading practices. The network’s purpose would be to find ways of co-operating on tackling consumer problems connected with cross-border transactions in both goods and services, and to help ensure exchanges of information among the participants.
In 1992, at a meeting in London hosted by the then, United Kingdom Office of Fair Trading, participants agreed to a Memorandum on the Establishment and Operation of the ICPEN (the ICPEN MOU) which formally established the International Marketing Supervision Network.
At a meeting held in Sydney in 2002, the name of the Network was changed to ICPEN to better reflect the work of the Network. The ICPEN MOU has also been amended a number of times since 1992.
The most recent ICPEN MOU was agreed to in London in 2016, under the United Kingdom 2015/2016 presidency.
The Network operates under a rotating presidency. On 1 July 2020 the Competition Bureau Canada, assumed the role of the 2020-2021 ICPEN Presidency. And then, on 1 July 2021, the presidency will transfer to Portugal, under the stewardship of the Ministry of Economy, Innovation and Development - Consumer Directorate-General. ICPEN is a geographically diverse organisation and our mission is to protect consumers worldwide.
Greetings from our 2020-2021 Presidency, Canada
Our 2020-2021 Canadian Presidency team
The presidency is supported by an advisory group composed of the current, former and future Presidents and nominated representatives from within the membership seeking geographical representation and rotating participation of different member organisations.
|presidencies to date|
|2021 - 2022||Portugal|
|2020 - 2021||Canada|
|2019 - 2020||Colombia|
|2018 - 2019||Zambia|
|2017 - 2018||Turkey|
|2016 - 2017||Germany|
|2015 - 2016||United Kingdom|
|2014 - 2015||Sweden|
|2013 - 2014||Panama|
|2012 - 2013||Belgium|
|2011 - 2012||Costa Rica|
|2010 - 2011||Netherlands|
|2009 - 2010||Australia|
|2008 - 2009||France|
|2007 - 2008||Chile|
|2006 - 2007||Poland|
|2005 - 2006||Republic of Korea|
|2004 - 2005||United Kingdom|
|2003 - 2004||Finland|
|2002 - 2003||Australia|
|2001 - 2002||Switzerland|
|2000 - 2001||United States|
|1999 - 2000||Norway|
|1998 - 1999||Belgium|
|1997 - 1998||Ireland|
|1996 - 1997||Canada|
|1995 - 1996||Austria|
|1994 - 1995||Sweden|
|1993 - 1994||France|
|1992 - 1993||United Kingdom|
The ICPEN comprises three types of participants: Members, Partners (marked with *) and Observers (marked with **). Click on a chosen country to be directed to its consumer protection authority.
As at April 2021 ICPEN has member authorities representing 65 countries and 3 partner organisations with membership pending. ICPEN has 6 observer authorities.
|Country||date of entry||Status|
|Global Privacy Enforcement Network**||2017||Observer|
|Iberoamerican Forum for Consumer Protection Agencies (FIAGC)**||Observer|
|Rep. of Korea||1996||Member|
|Papua New Guinea||2012||Member|
|United Arab Emirates||2016||Member|