PurposeVenezuela's consumer protection agency
Region served
Parent organization
Venezuelan Ministry of Commerce

INDEPABIS (instituto de defensa) - Institute for Defense of People in the Access to Goods and Services) is Venezuela's consumer protection agency. It is under the control of the Ministry of Commerce.

Indepabis was created in August 2008 under the Ley para el Derecho de las Personas en el Acceso de Bienes y Servicios (Law for the Right of Access to Goods and Services), replacing the previous Instituto para la Defensa del Consumidor y el Usuario (Indecu).[1]

INDEPABIS' President until February 2010 was then trade minister Eduardo Samán.

After arrest of current president Trino Martinéz, because of large sum of money and firearms found in his car, Eduardo Samán returned to position of INDEPABIS president.[2]


  1. ^ (in Spanish) El Universal, 13 August 2008, Indepabis: Ley de acceso a bienes y servicios incorpora a toda la cadena
  2. ^ "Venezuela's Maduro Strikes against Corruption, Appoints Radical Former Minister". 11 June 2013.