DECO, the Portuguese Association for Consumer Protection, is an independent non-profit association with charity status. It is the largest consumer association in Portugal and has been afforded the status of 'public utility'.
Its main activities are: consumer information, which it does by publishing test magazines and other publications such as guides and brochures of interest to consumers; consumer advice and support; alternative dispute resolution; consumer education in schools; professional training in consumer law; consumer representation and advocacy and lobbying.
It is comprised of a nationwide network of six regional offices.
The single most important consumer success in Portugal was the creation of the first national law for consumer protection. Until 1981, Portugal did not have a specific law for consumer protection.