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NAD offers three options for submitting challenges for review: Standard Track, Complex Track, and Fast-Track SWIFT. Click on the options below for more information on each track's process, challenge eligibility requirements, timeline, and fees to determine which track is best suited to handle your needs. BBB National Programs National Partners receive a discount on filing fees.
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The National Advertising Division (NAD) brings value to business by leveling the playing field and enhancing consumer trust in the marketplace.
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NAD’s Monitoring Program
As part of its public interest mission to ensure consumers receive truthful and accurate advertising messages, NAD initiates approximately 20-25% of its cases each year based on its own monitoring of advertising in a wide variety of product categories. The goal of NAD’s monitoring cases is to expand the universe of advertising claims that are reviewed for truth and transparency and provide guidance for future advertising. In determining whether to open a monitoring case, NAD considers whether the advertising meets one or more of the following criteria:
- Targets a vulnerable population (elderly, children, special needs, etc.);
- Capitalizes on consumer fears or misunderstanding;
- Fills a gap in regulatory efforts of the FTC and state AGs;
- Addresses novel or emerging issue of interest for the advertising industry;
- Concerns claims that consumers cannot evaluate for themselves;
- Achieves diversity among industries that historically participate in self-regulation.
Policies & Procedures
Any company, consumer, or non-governmental organization, including trade associations and non-profit organizations, can file a challenge with NAD. We handle about 150 cases each year and our decisions represent the single largest body of advertising decisions in the United States. The NAD | NARB Policies and Procedures describe the details and parameters of NAD's challenge review process. When an advertiser declines to participate in the NAD process or decides not to comply with NAD’s decision, NAD will refer the matter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The FTC will review the matter for possible enforcement action.
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FTC Commissioner Alvaro Bedoya to Keynote NAD 2022, Annual Conference of BBB National Programs’ National Advertising Division
New York, NY – August 30, 2022 – The National Advertising Division (NAD) will host the NAD 2022 Annual Conference next month in Washington, D.C., on Monday, September 19 and Tuesday, September 20. NAD 2022 will be an in-person event for the first time since 2019, drawing speakers from across the advertising law...
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...
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New York, NY – June 8, 2023 – The National Advertising Division (NAD) determined that certain claims made by Consumer Cellular for its wireless service plans were supported. However, NAD recommended that Consumer Cellular modify or discontinue other claims.
Cargill Voluntarily Discontinues Certain Claims for Nutrena® NatureWise® Chicken Feeds Following National Advertising Division Challenge
New York, NY – June 7, 2023 – Following a National Advertising Division (NAD) challenge brought by competitor Purina, Cargill voluntarily discontinued certain comparative performance and superiority claims for its Nutrena® NatureWise® line of chicken feeds.
National Advertising Division Recommends Clearer Disclosure of Affiliate Advertising Relationships for Renue by Science Dietary Supplements
New York, NY – May 25, 2023 – The National Advertising Division (NAD) recommended Renue by Science modify disclosures of affiliate relationships and modify or discontinue challenged YouTube videos to disclose the advertiser’s relationship to the speaker.
National Advertising Division Finds HelloFresh “Flexible Plans” Claim Supported; Recommends Clear and Conspicuous Disclosure of “16 Free Meals” Material Terms
New York, NY – May 24, 2023 – The National Advertising Division (NAD) determined that HelloFresh supported the claim “Flexible Plans, Less Hassle: Add extra meals to any week’s order, change your delivery day or menu preferences, skip a week or cancel anytime” for its...
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