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The NAD Challenge process brings value to business by leveling the playing field and enhancing consumer trust in the marketplace. Advertising claims can be challenged in one of three tracks: Fast-Track SWIFT, Standard Track, and Complex Track. 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.
Fast-Track SWIFTSingle-issue advertising cases with decisions in 20 business days. Learn More
Standard TrackOpen to a variety of case types with decisions in four to six months. Learn More
Complex TrackCases requiring complex substantiation. Time to decision is determined by the parties. Learn More
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.
The NAD Annual Report includes a year in review, exclusive insight on ad law case trends, a wrap-up of each year’s annual conference, and an extensive summary of the year’s casework.
Mint Mobile Appeals National Advertising Division Recommendation to Discontinue or Modify Claim that its Unlimited Plan is “Now Just $15/Mo.”
New York, NY – October 4, 2023 – In a Fast-Track SWIFT challenge brought by AT&T, the National Advertising Division (NAD) recommended that Mint Mobile discontinue or modify the claim that its Unlimited Plan is “now just $15/mo.”
National Advertising Division Recommends MacuHealth Discontinue or Modify Certain Claims for Several Brands of Eye Health Dietary Supplements
New York, NY – September 21, 2023 – In a challenge brought by Vision Elements, the National Advertising Division (NAD) recommended that MacuHealth modify or discontinue certain claims for its dietary supplement products.
National Advertising Division Refers Advertising by SBLA Beauty to the Federal Trade Commission for Review for Failure to Participate
New York, NY – September 21, 2023 – The National Advertising Division (NAD) has referred advertising claims made by SBLA Beauty, Inc. to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) after the company failed to provide a substantive response to NAD’s inquiry.
National Advertising Division Recommends Discontinuation or Modification of Certain Health Benefit Claims for Memory Health Dietary Supplement
New York, NY – August 28, 2023 – In a challenge brought by Vision Elements, the National Advertising Division (NAD) recommended that in connection with its Memory Health dietary supplement, Memory Health, LP discontinue certain health-related and health-benefit claims.
BBB National Programs provides summaries of all case decisions in the Case Decision Summary library. For the full text of National Advertising Division, National Advertising Review Board, and Children’s Advertising Review Unit decisions, subscribe to the Online Archive. For members of the press, the full text of any BBB National Programs decision is available by emailing the request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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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