About the ODR platform
The European Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) platform is provided by the European Commission to make online shopping safer and fairer through access to quality dispute resolution tools.
If you are in the EU, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein you can use it to find the best solution for your consumer problem, to discuss a solution directly with a trader concerning your problem or to agree on a dispute resolution body to handle your case.
The ODR platform is not connected to any trader. You can use the ODR platform in all EU languages, Icelandic and Norwegian.
Contact the trader
You can use the ODR platform to solve your problem directly with the trader. This can be helpful if you have not yet contacted the trader or if the trader is open to dialogue.
The ODR platform will notify the trader of your request. If the trader is willing to talk, you will be able to exchange messages directly through your dashboard, send attachments such as product photos and schedule an online meeting.
You will have a maximum of 90 days to reach an agreement. You and the trader may withdraw from direct talks at any time.
The trader may also propose a list of dispute resolution bodies to use instead of finding a solution directly. In this case, you will have 30 days to agree on a dispute resolution body or your case will be closed on the platform.
If the trader refuses your request outright, either party withdraws from the process, or 90 days has passed with no result, you will have the following options:
- Try to find a solution with the help of a dispute resolution body. In this case, you will have an additional 30 days to agree with the trader on an approved dispute resolution body to handle your case. Or;
- Try a different dispute resolution tool – see tools.
Start your case to find a solution with the trader directly
Use a dispute resolution body
You can use the ODR platform to solve your problem with the help of an approved dispute resolution body. A dispute resolution body is a neutral third party that helps consumers and traders solve disputes in a non-confrontational way. They are usually less expensive and quicker than going to court.
The ODR platform will notify the trader of your complaint. If the trader agrees to use the ODR process then you will have to agree on a dispute resolution body to handle your case. The trader will propose a list of dispute resolution bodies; you can select one or request a new list in your dashboard.
You will have 30 days from when you submit the complaint to agree on a dispute resolution body to handle your case.
If you are unable to agree on a dispute resolution body in time or the trader ignores your complaint, then you can try a different dispute resolution tool. See tools
Start your case to find a solution through a dispute resolution body
How to complain if you are a trader
If you are a trader based in the EU or Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, you can also use the ODR platform to send your online consumer dispute to an approved dispute resolution body.
You can only complain against a consumer if they reside in Belgium, Germany, Luxemburg or Poland.
To create a complaint, you first need to register in the system and create your organisation. If you are already registered, you just need to log in. Once on your dashboard, click on "Start a new case".
To find out more about registering as a trader, go to Traders’ section.