Promoting truthful, transparent, responsible advertising through self-regulation, monitoring, and enforcement
Businesses that advertise and market their products and services need to commit to truthful and responsible advertising, allowing consumers to make informed choices and companies to build and nurture valuable consumer relationships.
To learn more about our work—and to join in the effort—please check out the programs, initiatives, and resources below.
Since the creation of the National Advertising Division (NAD) in 1971, the advertising industry has supported high standards for truth and transparency through a comprehensive system of independent industry self-regulation programs.
Those programs enforce high standards of truth and accuracy in national advertising and ensure that advertising to children is not misleading or inappropriate. Beyond formal guidance, each of our case decisions contain real-world guidance on important advertising issues that attorneys can leverage for their clients and marketing professionals can follow to avoid advertising substantiation problems.
As the advertising landscape continues to evolve, we adapt our programs to the challenges posed by new products, new industries, and new advertising technology.
Truth in Advertising 101
Our educational resource library of tips, videos, and guidance shares advertising law basics, including defining common terms like ‘puffery,’ and how to draw the line between truthful and misleading advertising.
Endorsements & Testimonials
What is the proper way to use endorsements and testimonials in advertising, while staying truthful and out of the crosshairs of NAD and the FTC?
Why don’t exaggerated or boasting claims made in advertising, known as puffery, require a reasonable basis of evidence?
Express and Implied Claims
What is the difference between an express or implied claim and does an advertiser need to have evidence to support both?
Our advertising programs uphold standards for truthful and responsible advertising and responsible targeted advertising data collection practices through:
- independent monitoring;
- competitor challenges; and
- corporate commitments to voluntary standards.
Though competitor advertising challenges, business can play a significant role in building trust with consumers and supporting fair competition in the marketplace.
NAD Fast-Track SWIFT: The Process
NAD Standard Track SWIFT: The Process
NAD Complex Track: The Process
NAD Fast-Track SWIFT: The Process
The expansion of industry self-regulation programs across industries, most recently with the direct selling and dietary supplement industries, demonstrates how this voluntary system can be a proactive solution to emerging industry challenges.
NAD 2020 Annual Report
2020 COVID-19 False Advertising Cases
CRN/NAD Program Report
DSSRC 2020 Year-End Report
CFBAI White Paper on Uniform Nutrition Criteria
Recent Case Decisions
Direct Selling Self-Regulatory Council Recommends Le-Vel Discontinue Certain Earnings and Health-Related Product Performance Claims in Compliance Inquiry
National Advertising Division Finds Glad Trash Bags Product Packaging Not Misleading; Recommends Glad Discontinue or Modify Other Advertising Claims
New York, NY – January 19, 2022 – The National Advertising Division (NAD) determined that product packaging for Glad Products Company’s ForceFlex Plus with Clorox Tall Kitchen Drawstring Bags appropriately ties the Clorox brand to its odor elimination role, and that product packaging for...
Direct Selling Self-Regulatory Council Recommends Immunotec Discontinue Certain Earnings and Health-Related Product Performance Claims
McLean, VA – January 18, 2022 – The Direct Selling Self-Regulatory Council (DSSRC) recommended that certain product performance and earnings claims made by Immunotec and its salesforce be discontinued.
National Advertising Review Board Recommends PLx Pharma Either Discontinue or Modify “Clinically Shown” Claim for its Vazalore Aspirin Product
New York, NY – January 13, 2022 – A panel of the National Advertising Review Board (NARB) recommended that PLx Pharma Inc. either discontinue use of the claim that Vazalore “is the first liquid-filled aspirin capsule clinically shown to cause fewer ulcers than plain aspirin” or modify it to...
Filtered Case Feeds
BBB National Programs Announces 85 Distinguished Panel Pool Members for National Advertising Review Board and New Vice Chair
McLean, VA – January 11, 2022 – BBB National Programs today announced the 85 panel pool members of the 2022 National Advertising Review Board, as well as its 2022 vice chair, Heather Hippsley, who retired in 2020 as Deputy General Counsel of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) where, among many senior roles over...
BBB National Programs Children’s Advertising Review Unit Begins Monitoring Child-Directed Content for Compliance with Revised Advertising Guidelines
McLean, VA – January 4, 2022 – BBB National Programs’ Children’s Advertising Review Unit (CARU) begins monitoring child-directed advertising under the revised CARU Advertising Guidelines, widely recognized industry standards to assure that advertising directed to children is not deceptive,...
BBB National Programs Board of Directors Welcomes IAB CEO David Cohen and Re-Elects Three Members, Including P&G’s Ken Patel as Chair
McLean, VA – December 20, 2021 – The Board of Directors of BBB National Programs, an independent non-profit organization that operates more than a dozen independent industry self-regulation, accountability, and dispute resolution programs, today announced that it has welcomed a new member and re-elected...
BBB National Programs National Advertising Division Launches Expedited Fast-Track SWIFT Lane Designed to Address Misleading Advertising Disclosures
New York, NY – November 9, 2021 – Mindful of recent Federal Trade Commission (FTC) actions, BBB National Programs today announced a new, streamlined lane of the expedited Fast-Track SWIFT challenge submission process, one designed specifically to address the prominence and sufficiency of...
National Advertising Division FAQs
National Advertising Review Board FAQs
CFBAI Uniform Nutrition Criteria
Breaking Down Greenwashing in Advertising
The 4A’s resource, Greenwashing and Advertising: What Your Agency Needs to Know When Making Environmental Claims provides an outline of the rules around making environmental advertising claims and how the National Advertising Division (NAD) and others are helping to regulate them. In the past decade, NAD cases involving environmental claims in advertising have been on the rise. NAD vice president Laura Brett said “Once you see something become a priority for consumers, the response of course is for the industry to offer products that meet that demand, and I think that is why we have seen an increase in challenges to environmental claims, a high-profile issue that a lot of consumers are concerned about.”
IAA Evolving Self-Regulation
International Advertising Association (IAA) Evolving Self-Regulation
ACI 5th Advertising Claims Substantiation Conference
ANA Legal Affairs Committee Meeting