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The Business Protection from Misleading Marketing Regulations 2008

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Prohibition of advertising which misleads traders

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3.—(1) Advertising which is misleading is prohibited.

(2) Advertising is misleading which—

(a)in any way, including its presentation, deceives or is likely to deceive the traders to whom it is addressed or whom it reaches; and by reason of its deceptive nature, is likely to affect their economic behaviour; or

(b)for those reasons, injures or is likely to injure a competitor.

(3) In determining whether advertising is misleading, account shall be taken of all its features, and in particular of any information it contains concerning—

(a)the characteristics of the product (as defined in paragraph (4));

(b)the price or manner in which the price is calculated;

(c)the conditions on which the product is supplied or provided; and

(d)the nature, attributes and rights of the advertiser (as defined in paragraph (5)).

(4) In paragraph (3)(a) the “characteristics of the product” include—

(a)availability of the product;

(b)nature of the product;

(c)execution of the product;

(d)composition of the product;

(e)method and date of manufacture of the product;

(f)method and date of provision of the product;

(g)fitness for purpose of the product;

(h)uses of the product;

(i)quantity of the product;

(j)specification of the product;

(k)geographical or commercial origin of the product;

(l)results to be expected from use of the product; or

(m)results and material features of tests or checks carried out on the product.

(5) In paragraph (3)(d) the “nature, attributes and rights” of the advertiser include the advertiser’s—

(a)identity;

(b)assets;

(c)qualifications;

(d)ownership of industrial, commercial or intellectual property rights; or

(e)awards and distinctions.

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