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About the Copy Advice/Pre-Clearance Facility: This service allows advertisers, agencies and media to seek copy advice(1) or pre-clearance(2) where available. These services are currently available in: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Germany (Misleadingness), Germany (Taste and offence), Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom.

The facility allows for an easy submission of requests for copy advice or clearance to selected countries. All correspondence following a submission will be directly between the enquiring party and the self-regulatory organisation (SRO). Each system is unique and reflects the local traditions, language, culture and history. The content and nature of the advice may therefore vary between countries. Turnaround times may vary between countries.

Conditions apply in most countries. For example, a fee or membership to the organisation may be required. The conditions will be automatically indicated when you select a country.

Once a submission has been made, you will automatically receive a confirmation with contact details of the SRO dealing with your enquiry. Any questions should be directed directly to the organisation dealing with your request and not to The European Advertising Standards Alliance or Clearcast (UK) (unless Clearcast is dealing with your enquiry).

Confidentiality: All confidential information submitted by or on behalf of advertisers will be shared only with and held in confidence by the organisation(s) dealing with the request. Accordingly it will not disclose, copy, reproduce or distribute any such confidential information, except for when it is a request for pre-clearance and the information is required in connection with the clearance and broadcasting of the commercial, or where the organisation is required to do so by law or regulation or by governmental or competent regulatory authority.

All documents will automatically deleted from this facility 15 days after submission.

Payments of fees: There are no added charges to submit work through this facility rather than submitting directly to SROs. The fee applicable will be indicated in the submission page as you select the countries to which the enquiry is sent. Once the enquiry has been received, the SRO will get in touch with you to arrange for the payment of the fee if any.

For more on the network of Self-Regulatory Organisations in Europe and beyond, please visit

(1) Advice on a proposed advertising campaign provided by a regulatory body, usually on a non-binding basis.

(2) Pre-clearance: Examination of an advertisement by a regulatory body as a compulsory precondition of publication or transmission.

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