Commodity Exchange Act & Regulations

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:

 CFTC Regulations

  • 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
    • 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.