International cooperation

The Consume Agency is responsible for Nordic, European and international cooperation according to various legislation which it is responsible

International cooperation
The Consumer Agency is a formal member of OIML – the international fora in the field of metrology as well as WELMEC. It has contacts with the OECD Consumer Protection Committee as well as other counter parts in its fields of competencies according to national legislation. 

European cooperation activities
Neytendastofa - the Consumer Agency represents Iceland in international cooperation in the fields for which it is responsible according to Icelandic legislation. The Consumer Agency plays is the Single Liaison Office for the enforcement of consumer legislation in the field of consumer protection, cf. Council Regulation 2006/2004/EU, it is also the contact point for the Rapex-system on dangerous products, the system of Article 9 of Directive 73/23/EEC on notifications of dangerous electrical products as well as being the national focal point for notifications on draft regulations which may entail technical barriers to trade, cf. Directive 98/34/EEC. 

Nordic cooperation
The Consumer Agency is responsible for various cooperation activities in relation to the cooperation of the Nordic Council and Nordic Council of Ministers. The Director of the Agency is the representative of Iceland to the Nordic informal cooperation group of Ministers responsible for consumer protection in the respective Nordic countries (the NordKons Group). The Agency also articipates in the NSS (Nordiska kommittén för Samording av elektriska Säkerhetsfrågor) and Nordjust (Nordic legal metrology cooperation).

China - Memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Ministry of Commerce and the State Administration for Industry and Commerce of the People's Republic of China
The Ministry of Commerce and he State Administration for Industry and Commerce of the People's Republic of China have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) where the parties recognize the importance of intensifying the exchange of information between administrations in the field of consumer protection and to effective implementation of laws and regulations in the respective countries. The Consumer Agency has responsibility for the implementation of the MOU as necessary. The parties agree to exchange i.a. information on new policies, laws and regulations in the field of consumer protection. The aim of the MOU is also to exchange information on prominent problems in domestic consumer complaints and that are handled by the respective countries. According to the MOU the exchange of information shall take place in English.
The MOU can be viewed in Icelandic, English and Chinese here.