We assess every concept, script or finished commercial against both the Advertising Standards Authority’s (ASA’s) Advertising Codes of Practice and the television broadcasters’ own specific term, conditions and rules.

ASA Codes of Practice

The Codes are developed by the ASA Codes Committee, which includes advertiser, agency, media and public representatives, and in consultation with industry and public sectors.  Codes are reviewed every five years or earlier if a need arises.

The advertising codes consist of the Advertising Standards Code and the five sector Codes where advertisers are expected to take particular care; AlcoholChildren and Young PeopleFinanceTherapeutic and Health, and Gambling (old code and new code).

In interpreting the Codes, emphasis will be placed on compliance with both the principles and the spirit and intention.

The function of the Codes is to complement, not to replace, the laws of the land.

CAB House Rules

In addition to the ASA’s Codes, the broadcasters have adopted a number of voluntarily policies and rules specifically for their medium. These cover everything from advertising adult services to advertising soft drinks to kids.

To make it easier for you to understand the various rules, we publish a list of what we call the CAB House Rules. While this list is primarily an internal document, we make it available to advertisers as it contains loads of practical advice on everything from which swear words are currently acceptable to using guns as props in commercials.

Updated: 9 April 2019