Packaging and point of sale
The non-broadcast ad rules cover ads of all shapes and sizes across a number of different media, however, our rules do not apply to a product’s packaging or labeling unless it advertises another product or includes a sales promotion.
The only exception to this is if an ad features a pack-shot in which the label or package can be seen. In those circumstances, claims on the pack will be considered as forming part of the ad and will be subject to our rules.
Advertisers should be aware that other bodies, such as Trading Standards and the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), might cover packaging claims for foods and medicines and they should check the rules with those bodies.
Leaflets included in packages, and therefore available to the consumer after purchase, are likely to be considered within our remit if they advertise products other than the one bought.
We also don’t regulate in-store ads such as those in shop windows or displays at the till.