Where businesses turn to enhance consumer trust and consumers are heard.

BBB National Programs is where companies, industry experts, and trade associations work together within a self-regulatory environment to foster industry best practices in truth-in-advertising, child-directed marketing, data privacy, and dispute resolution.

In light of the (COVID-19) pandemic, BBB National Programs has moved to hybrid work and remains operational. For more information, see our Coronavirus Updates & Resources webpage.

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Helping businesses navigate privacy issues through self-regulation, monitoring, and safe harbors. Explore programs

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We offer a variety of independent, third-party programs to guide, aid, and address issues of business ethics, advertising, data privacy, and dispute resolution.
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For the last 50 years in the advertising industry, companies have held each other to a higher standard. In response to the pressures and criticisms of consumerism that had mounted during the previous decade, in 1971 the advertising industry established the National Advertising Division (NAD) and National Advertising Review Board (NARB), the U.S. mechanism of independent self-regulation that has stood the test of time and technological innovation.

 

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Revised Guidelines for Responsible Advertising to Children

 

The revised CARU Advertising Guidelines go into effect on January 1, 2022. At that time, CARU will begin actively investigating cases of non-compliance.

 

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Latest Announcements

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...

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Media Advisory: FTC Commissioner Rebecca Slaughter to Keynote National Advertising Division “Future of Ad Law” 2021 Annual Conference

New York, NY – September 21, 2021 – In its 50th anniversary year, the National Advertising Division (NAD) of BBB National Programs will host the NAD 2021 Annual Conference virtually next week, running Wednesday, September 29 through Friday, October 1. Members of the media are invited to cover NAD 2021 with...

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Children’s Advertising Review Unit Issues Revised Guidelines for Responsible Advertising to Children, Effective January 1, 2022

McLean, VA – July 29, 2021 – BBB National Programs’ Children’s Advertising Review Unit (CARU) today announced the issuance of the revised CARU Advertising Guidelines, widely recognized industry standards to assure that advertising directed to children is not deceptive, unfair, or inappropriate for its intended...

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BBB National Programs Agrees with Rudd Center Study Recommendation to Increase Restaurant Participation in Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative

McLean, VA, June 23, 2021 – Maureen Enright, Vice President, Children's Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative, BBB National Programs today issued the following statement: BBB National Programs agrees with the Rudd Center’s recommendation that more restaurant companies should join...

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Latest Decisions

National Advertising Division Finds Certain Bausch + Lomb Claims for INFUSE Contact Lenses Supported; Advertiser Appeals Other Findings

New York, NY – December 1, 2021 – The National Advertising Division (NAD) determined that Bausch Health provided a reasonable basis for certain INFUSE silicone hydrogel (SiHy) daily contact lens and lens property claims. 

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National Advertising Division Recommends Byte Disclose Incentivized Reviews for Aligner Products

New York, NY – November 30, 2021 – The National Advertising Division (NAD) of BBB National Programs recommended that Straight Smile, LLC (Byte) take reasonable measures to provide clear and conspicuous disclosures informing consumers that the review was incentivized for each incentivized review on its website and on BestCompany.com, and...

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Direct Selling Self-Regulatory Council Recommends Daxen Discontinue Certain Earnings and Health-Related Product Performance Claims

McLean, VA – November 24, 2021 – The Direct Selling Self-Regulatory Council (DSSRC) recommended that certain product performance and earnings claims made by Daxen, Inc. and its salesforce be discontinued. Central to this inquiry was a concern that the challenged product performance claims communicated...

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T-Mobile Appeals National Advertising Division Recommendation to Discontinue “America’s . . . Most Reliable 5G Network” and Other Claims

New York, NY – November 23, 2021 – The National Advertising Division (NAD) recommended that T-Mobile discontinue certain advertising claims for T-Mobile’s 5G network. T-Mobile will appeal NAD’s decision. The claims, which appeared in television, radio, and internet advertising, were challenged by...

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Upcoming Events

National Partner National Advertising Division In-house Counsel Committee Meeting

Participate with other National Partners and provide feedback and guidance to the National Advertising Division (NAD) and National Advertising Review Board (NARB), including input on current processes ...
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Dec 13, 2021 Virtual

National Partner Outside Counsel Committee Meeting

Join legal experts from other elite law firms to shape processes and guidelines for self-regulatory and dispute resolution programs including the National Advertising Division (NAD), the Children’s Ad ...
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Dec 14, 2021 Virtual

National Partner Membership Committee Meeting

Participate with other National Partners and provide feedback on the member experience, guidance for the annual membership conference, and explore additional opportunities to recruit, retain, and enga ...
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Jan 10, 2022 Virtual

 

 

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