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ASCI tightens brand extension rules for restricted categories

New Delhi, 18-December-2023, By IBW Team

ASCI tightens brand extension rules for restricted categories

The Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) has updated its guidelines for ‘Qualification of Brand Extension-products and services’ under the restricted category prohibited from advertising by law.

These modifications have been detailed in Chapter III Clause 3.6 (a) of the ASCI code, and specifically target brand extensions associated with restricted categories such as liquor and tobacco, Financial Express reported.

While ASCI had in place specific guidelines for brand extension, which were modified a few months back, it was felt necessary to further strengthen these in view of mega-budget celebrity campaigns during high-profile sporting events in India.

Moreover, ASCI’s current guidelines provide for brand extensions to cross certain thresholds of business, investment or distribution criteria for them to be considered genuine extensions. ASCI has now added specific criteria also for advertising spends in relation to turnover of the said extension.

Talking about the brand extension guidelines, Manisha Kapoor, CEO and secretary general, ASCI, said, “As part of our ongoing commitment to consumer protection and ethical advertising, ASCI has introduced these new additions to the brand extension guidelines. These measures are essential to prevent the misuse of brand extensions as surrogates for advertising in restricted categories. We believe that these guidelines will strengthen the integrity of advertising in the industry.”


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