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National Advertising Division

The U.S. advertising industry founded the National Advertising Division (NAD) and the National Advertising Review Board in 1971 as a system of independent industry self-regulation to build consumer trust in advertising and support fair competition in the marketplace. NAD holds national advertising across all media types to high standards of truth and accuracy by reviewing truth-in-advertising challenges from businesses, trade associations, consumers, or on its own initiative. NAD’s case decisions represent the single largest body of advertising law in the country.

Program Impact

Over its 50-year history, NAD has published thousands of decisions and has become the leading voice in providing guidance for truthful and transparent advertising. NAD reviews advertising in any industry and advertising format and often addresses cutting-edge advertising issues before regulatory guidance is available. Advertising claims can be challenged in one of three tracks: Fast-Track SWIFT, Standard Track, and Complex Track.  

 

 

File a Challenge

Advertising disputes resolved more efficiently than litigation. Select a Track

Ad Law 101

Access the tools you need to learn truth-in-advertising basics. Learn the Basics

Recent Decisions

Summaries of case decisions are publicly published, including appeals. Case Summaries

Resource Library

From annual reports to infographics to ad law 101, education is key. Access Resources

NAD Challenges

 

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. 

 

 

 

Fast-Track SWIFT

Single-issue digital advertising cases with decisions in 20 business days. Learn More

Standard Track

Open to a variety of case types with decisions in four to six months. Learn More

Complex Track

Cases requiring complex substantiation. Time to decision is determined by the parties. Learn More

 

 

 

Why Use NAD for Advertising Challenges

The National Advertising Division (NAD) brings value to business by leveling the playing field and enhancing consumer trust in the marketplace.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 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.

 

Upcoming Events

Kirkland & Ellis LLP 2022 Advertising Law Seminar

Laura Brett, Vice President, National Advertising Division, BBB National Programs will speak on current strategic topics relating to advertising law
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Oct 12, 2022 Chicago, IL

Food and Drug Law Institute Advertising & Promotion for Medical Products Conference

Zheng Wang, Attorney, National Advertising Division will speak on Recent Trends in Enforcement and Practical Examples to Ensure Compliance
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Oct 14, 2022 Virtual

National Conference of State Liquor Administrators Northern/Southern Regional Conference

Katherine Armstrong, Deputy Director, National Advertising Division will join a panel called "Much Ado About Labels"
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Oct 25, 2022 Richmond, VA

Personal Care Products Council Science Symposium 2022

Annie M. Ugurlayan, Assistant Director, National Advertising Division will speak on a panel regarding advertising self-regulation in the U.S. and cosmetics cases
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Oct 26, 2022 Arlington, VA
 

 

 

News & Blog

Press Release

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...

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Press Release

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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Blog

Expanding Accountability for DEIB in National Advertising

Beginning today, NAD's procedures have been revised to join CARU in holding advertisers accountable for advertising that portrays or encourages misleading and harmful social stereotyping, prejudice, or discrimination.
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Blog

Getting Disclosures Right: An FTC Focus and Evolving Challenge for Advertisers

Before the FTC or other regulators crack down on the misleading use of disclosures, brands should focus attention on making disclosures that are easy to see and understand to build a trusted relationship with consumers.
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Decisions

Decision

NAD Recommends Modification of Disclosures Used in Connection with Comcast Xfinity Mobile vs. Verizon 5G Comparative Savings Claims

New York, NY – September 15, 2022 – The National Advertising Division (NAD) determined that comparative savings claims made by Comcast Cable Communications, LLC about its Xfinity Mobile 5G service plan would not be misleading when compared with the cheapest two Ultra Wideband 5G plans by Verizon...

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Decision

National Advertising Division Recommends CreditAssociates Discontinue “America’s #1 Debt Relief Company” Claim and Certain Consumer Testimonials

New York, NY – September 14, 2022 – The National Advertising Division (NAD) recommended that CreditAssociates, LLC discontinue the claim “America’s #1 Debt Relief Company,” “4.9 out of 5 based on 8,641 reviews – Trustpilot,” and savings claims that appeared in testimonials featured on the...

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Decision

National Advertising Division Recommends Charter Communications Discontinue or Modify Claims Comparing Its Spectrum Internet Speeds to AT&T

New York, NY – September 13, 2022 – The National Advertising Division (NAD) recommended that Charter Communications, Inc. discontinue or modify certain comparative speed claims for its Spectrum Internet service, which appeared in its “Monsters Gaming” television commercial. 

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Decision

In Fast-Track SWIFT Case, National Advertising Division Recommends Advertiser Claims be Modified or Discontinued

New York, NY – September 6, 2022 – The National Advertising Division (NAD) recommended that Visible Services LLC, a subsidiary of Verizon Communications, Inc., modify or discontinue pricing claims associated with its prepaid wireless service plan. 

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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 press@bbbnp.org

 

 

 

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