The Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) regulates the trading of commodity futures in the United States. Passed in 1936, it has been amended several times since then. The CEA establishes the statutory framework under which the CFTC operates. Under this Act, the CFTC has authority to establish regulations that are published in title 17 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
For convenience, we provide the following links to the CEA and related documents:
- Access the Commodity Exchange Act on the Cornell University Law School Website
- Commodity Exchange Act-U.S. Code Conversion Chart
The CEA section numbers do not always correspond directly to the sections in the U.S. Code where the CEA is codified. As a research tool, we provide a conversion chart that lists the sections of the CEA and the corresponding sections in the U.S. Code. Section 3 of the CEA, for example, is codified at 7 USC 5. This chart has no legal force and is not intended to substitute for review of the statutes to which it refers.
- Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000 (PDF)
(Appendix E of P.L.106-554, 114 Stat. 2763) Title XIII of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, PL 110-246, 122 Stat. 2189, which made amendments to the CEA, and the Conference Report
- CFTC regulations are found at Title 17 Chapter I of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and are available at the U.S. GPO Access website.
- Prior to promulgation and inclusion in the CFR, CFTC proposed and final regulations are published in the Federal Register.
- CFTC Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions - Semiannual Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions from Reginfo.gov
- Select "Commodity Futures Trading Commission" in the “Select Agency” box and click “Submit.”
- For background on the Unified Agenda, click on the “About the Unified Agenda” link located above the “Select Agency” box.