The Committees of Advertising Practice (CAP), a group that works in conjunction with the U.K. Advertising Standards Authority, has announced a pre-consultation with various stakeholders in advance of new rules targeting non-broadcast advertising of food and soft drinks high in fat, salt or sugar to children. Non-broadcast channels of advertising include online, outdoor, print media, cinema, and direct marketing.
“Our decision to carry out a public consultation responds, in part, to changes in children’s media habits and evolving advertising techniques,” according to CAP. “It also reflects a growing consensus, shared by public health and industry bodies, about the role of advertising self-regulation in helping to bring about a change in the nature and balance of food advertising targeted to children.”
CAP reportedly plans to launch the public consultation in early 2016. See CAP News Release, September 29, 2015.