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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. Through its work, thousands of misleading advertising claims have been removed from the marketplace and NAD’s case decisions represent the single largest body of advertising law in the country.

 

NAD 2024: Charting the Global Future of Ad Law

September 16-17, 2024 in New York City

 

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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.

 

 

Recent Decisions

Summaries of all NAD case decisions, including appeals. Case Summaries

Upcoming Events

NAD's upcoming events and speaking engagements. Access Events

Policies & Procedures

NAD/NARB Procedures and FTC Resolution of Referrals. Read the Policies & Procedures

Resource Library

Topical digests, NAD podcasts, blogs, videos, and more. Access Resources

NAD Challenges

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 SWIFTStandard 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 SWIFT

Single-issue 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
 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Recent Decisions

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National Advertising Division Recommends Blueprint Test Preparation Discontinue Certain MCAT Score Improvement Claims

New York, NY – April 22, 2024 – The National Advertising Division recommended Blueprint Test Preparation discontinue certain express and implied claims made in connection with its four MCAT preparation courses, including claims that Blueprint students raise their MCAT scores by 15 or 13 points on average.

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National Advertising Division Recommends The Princeton Review Discontinue Point Increase Claims for MCAT Test Preparation Services

New York, NY – April 18, 2024 – In a Fast-Track SWIFT challenge, the National Advertising Division recommended that The Princeton Review (TPR) discontinue claims that its students “Score a 515+ on the MCAT or add 15 points depending on your starting score. Guaranteed or your money back.”

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National Advertising Division Recommends Lily of the Desert Nutraceuticals Discontinue “100% Pure Avocado Oil” Claim for Tropical Plantation Avocado Oil

New York, NY – April 15, 2024 – The National Advertising Division recommended that Lily of the Desert Nutraceuticals discontinue the claim “100% Pure Avocado Oil” for its Tropical Plantation Avocado Oil and avoid conveying the unsupported message that the product is 100% pure avocado...

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National Advertising Division Finds Certain Fenty Skin Melt AWF Cleanser Performance Claims Supported; Recommends Modifications to Disclosures

New York, NY – April 12, 2024 – The National Advertising Division determined, as part of its routine monitoring program, that Fenty Skin LLC provided a reasonable basis for certain claims for its Melt AWF Jelly Oil Makeup-Melting Cleanser.

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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

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

Advanced Summit on Food Law Regulation, Compliance and Litigation

Laura Brett, Vice President, National Advertising Division, BBB National Programs will join a panel on Food Under the Influence: Adhering to the Latest FTC Guidance on Endorsements, Influencers and Co ...
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May 01, 2024 Chicago, IL

Hot Topics: Advertising Today for What You Do Tomorrow

During this invite-only event with Haynes Boone, panel members will address aspirational claims, environmental and green promises, claims based on emerging tech, and more in the context of advertising ...
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May 08, 2024 Denver, Colorado

FDLI's Annual Conference

Katherine Armstrong, Deputy Director, National Advertising Division, BBB National Programs discusses Food and Dietary Supplement Online Marketing: New Rules of the Road?
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May 15, 2024 Washington, DC

Korea Cosmetics Association' Cosmetics Advertising in the U.S. Webinar

Annie Ugurlayan, Assistant Director, National Advertising Division, BBB National Programs will participate in this webinar
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May 15, 2024 Virtual
 

 

 

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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