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Colombia Issues Rules On Children’s Advertising

Author:Ms Stacy Bess
Profession:Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance (GALA)

August 6, 2014, New York, N.Y. - The Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Tourism in Colombia recently issued rules on advertising to children.  "This is the first time that Colombia has comprehensively regulated children's advertising," said Juan Carlos Uribe, Partner at Triana, Uribe & Michelsen, and GALA's Colombian representative.

The Ministry's Decree 975 regulates what content is permitted in children's advertising and provides for various disclosure requirements, including in branded entertainment and digital platforms.  Regarding advertising generally, the Decree requires that advertising must contain the minimum age necessary to operate the product, avoid exaggerated product claims, and disclose whether batteries are required.  The Decree also prohibits advertising that suggests that failure to have a product will lead to social rejection. 

When advertising is incorporated into radio or television programming directed to children, the Decree requires that the advertising be preceded by "this...

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