Consumer Protection Cooperation (CPC) and Brexit

Last updated 15 July 2020

The Consumer Protection Cooperation (CPC) regulation aims to facilitate safer European-wide ecommerce by harmonising the structures for cross-border enforcement, whether that involves rogue traders or scam sites.

Relevant policy:
The May 2016 draft reform of the Consumer Protection Cooperation regulation.

Progress and developments:
In November 2016 the European Scrutiny Committee of the House of Commons reviewed Government’s progress and position on CPC and cleared the proposal from scrutiny, in other words, approved the work without reservations. They did reserve a concern on how the reform will be structured throughout the Brexit process.

To complicate things, please remember that consumer protection is devolved in Wales and Scotland, so this regulation vis-a-vis Brexit only applies to England and Northern Ireland.

In December 2017 the Lords published a report on general consumer protection after Brexit, which included some discussion of the digital single market rules.

In October 2018 government introduced a statutory instrument to the EU Withdrawal Act 2018 dealing with a truly bewildering collection of unrelated consumer protection issues. Within those things you will find the revocation of ADR/ODR. More of the same in 2020.

In May 2020 the EC confirmed that following the end of the transition period, the online intermedation rules will be slightly different.