Unfair, Deceptive, or Abusive Acts or Practices (UDAAPs) examination procedures
Published Oct. 1, 2012
As examiners review products or services, such as deposit products or lending activities, they generally should identify the risks of harm to consumers that are particular to those activities. Examiners also should review products that combine features and terms in a manner that can increase the difficulty of consumer understanding of the overall costs or risks of the product and the potential harm to the consumer associated with the product.
These examination procedures provide general guidance on:
- The principles of unfairness, deception, and abuse in the context of offering and providing consumer financial products and services;
- Assessing the risk that an institution’s practices may be unfair, deceptive, or abusive;
- Identifying unfair, deceptive, or abusive acts or practices (including by providing examples of potentially unfair or deceptive acts and practices); and
- Understanding the interplay between unfair, deceptive, or abusive acts or practices and other consumer protection statutes.