International Consumer Protection

Globalization is one of the central consumer protection developments of the 21st century, commanding the attention of businesses, consumers, law enforcers, and policymakers around the world. The FTC pursues the development of an international market-based consumer protection model, which focuses on protecting consumers from significant harm while maximizing economic benefit and consumer choice. The FTC is working toward its goals by participating in an international cooperation network to combat cross-border fraud and by promoting effective market-oriented consumer protection and privacy policies.

A project of the International Consumer Protection and Enforcement Network (ICPEN) to gather and share cross-border complaints and to help consumers resolve those complaints.

FTC International Consumer Protection Documents

Key International Documents



Contact Information

  • For matters concerning international consumer protection issues, please contact the Office of International Affairs at

Last Modified: Wednesday, April 18, 2012