LETTER OF INTRODUCTION                                    3

1. ABOUT AUTOCONTROL                                      4

2. ACTIVITY DATA                                          5

3. ADVERTISING SELF-REGULATION                            6

  3.1. SPAIN		                                            6
  3.2. EUROPE		                                           7
  3.3. INTERNATIONAL                                       7
  3.4. COMPLIANCE                                         8

4. OUR SERVICES                                           9

  4.1. PRIOR ADVERTISING ADVICE                           9
  4.2. DATA PROTECTION & PRIVACY ADVICE                   10
  4.3. ADVERTISING COMPLAINTS                             11
  4.4. TRAINING		                                         13
  4.5. OTHER		                                            14



  6.1. SECTORIAL CODES OF CONDUCT                         19
  6.2. DIGITAL SELF-REGULATION                            21
  6.3. TV ADVERTISING SELF REGULATION                     23

7. ANNEX I: BOARD OF DIRECTORS                            27

8. ANNEX II: ADVERTISING JURY                             29

9. ANNEX III: MEMBERS LIST                                33

The Association for Advertising Self-Regulation,        figure of voluntary prior control shows the low
AUTOCONTROL, is in charge of managing the               divisiveness in Spain regarding advertising. In 2018,
responsability commitment of the Spanish                the Advertising Jury, alternative dispute resolution
advertising industry. Its goal is to work towards a     body that solves complaints related to advertising,
responsable advertising which benefits consumers,       obtained public recognition as an Alternative
companies and society in general. Almost 600            Dispute Resolution (ADR) body, by the Directorate-
organisations (enterprises & associations) are          General for Consumers Affairs, of the Ministry of
direct members of AUTOCONTROL, and more than            Health, Consumer Affairs and Social Affairs.
4,000 entities are linked to the system through their
joining to the 21 Sectoral Advertising Conduct          If something has characterised AUTOCONTROL
Codes managed by this Association.                      over these years, it has been its capacity to help
                                                        the advertising industry to meet new challenges.
Since its foundation in 1995, AUTOCONTROL has           Nowadays, data protection and privacy are two
worked to help advertisers, agencies and media          of the main challenges that this industry must
with the compliance of the current regulation, and      face. In this context, and particularly with the
develop complementary advertising self-regulation       aim of helping companies with the compliance of
and co-regulation initiatives as another element of     the current regulation regarding data protection
its Corporate Social Responsibility. It has carried     and adapt themselves to the new General Data
out this task by collaborating with the appropriate     Protection Regulation - which enters into force on
authorities in matters of advertising. A good example   the 25th of May -, AUTOCONTROL has implemented
are the 30 agreements with national, autonomous         in 2018, a new specialized advice service, named
and local administrations with competence in            Data Advice®, which joins the Cookie Advice® tool,
advertising control.                                    launched six years ago.

The prior advice of advertising campaigns before        AUTOCONTROL has also the firm will to be part
being disseminated (Copy Advice®), has been the         of the solution, as a useful element for the Public
key to reach that goal. According to the European       Administartion, the advervising industry and the
Advertising Standards Alliance (EASA), Spain is the     citizens, with the goal of achieving in our country a
second country in Europe where more campaigns           truthful, legal, honest and loyal advertising.
are voluntarily subjected to review before the
national self-regulation organism, just behind the      This continues being our challenge and our
United Kingdom. Only in 2019, AUTOCONTROL               commitment, and we face it with full of enthusiasm.
revised more than 40,000 advertising campaigns
before being launched to the public. This high

                                                                               María Luisa Martínez Gistau,
                                                                               President of AUTOCONTROL


AUTOCONTROL is the independent advertising self-regulatory organisation (SRO) in Spain, established in 1995 as
a non-profit association. It is comprised of advertisers, advertising agencies, media and professional associations,
and its goal is to work for responsible advertising: truthful, legal, honest and loyal.

Currently it has 600 direct members and 4,000 indirect ones, which are related with approximately 70% of the
advertising investment in Spain.

From its beginnings, AUTOCONTROL manages the Spanish system of self-regulation of commercial communication,
on the basis of three main instruments:

           Conduct Codes. The Code of Advertising Practice – AUTOCONTROL of AUTOCONTROL, based
           on the Advertising and Marketing Communication Practice of the International Chamber of
           Commerce (ICC Code), and the Sectoral Conduct Codes whose application has been entrusted
           to AUTOCONTROL.

           Jury of Advertising. Extrajudicial body for the disputes resolution that is responsible for
           adjudicating on advertising complaints. Recognized as an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
           body, by the Directorate-General for Consumers Affairs, of the Ministry of Health, Consumer
           and Social Affairs.
           Legal Counsel Advice. It is formed by experts in Advertising Law, Privacy and Data Protection,
           and IT, with exclusive dedication to AUTOCONTROL. Who are in charge of advising companies in
           the fulfilment of their legal obligations in these areas.

Our activities include:

           The handling of complaints with regard to commercial communications, submitted by
           consumers, consumer associations, businesses and public offices.

           The advice to companies, through tools such as Copy Advice® (advice on the deontological and
           legal compliance of advertising campaigns before their broadcast); Cookie Advice® (technical and
           legal advice on the use of cookies); Data Advice® (technical and legal advice on data protection) and
           Web Advice® (advice on compliance with advertising regulations on websites).

           Training, providing courses and seminars addressed, not only to law or advertising professionals
           who wish to deepen their knowledge in the field of advertising regulations or be updated in the
           same, but also to recent graduates who want to orient their professional career in this field.

Moreover, AUTOCONTROL actively collaborates, within the framework of the 30 agreements it has signed,
with several national, regional and local administrations with competence in the control of the advertising

AUTOCONTROL fulfils the requirements established in the Unfair Competition Law for self-regulation


Prior advice: Since its launch, AUTOCONTROL has received more than
334,800 legal and deontological requests, from which 264,000 were Copy Advice®

   Copy Advice® (review of an ad prior to its publication)

   Legal and/or ethic consultations

   Enquires of compliance in webs of rules referring to cookies and Cookie Advice®
   (web audit to examine compliance with the use of Cookies)

A posteriori control: Since its creation, the AUTOCONTROL’S Advertising Jury has
solved more than 4,450cases, in an average period of 14 days at first instance.

   Complaint settlement by Advertising Jury


3.1. SPAIN
The advertising self-regulation is the social            rules: the Advertising Jury.
responsibility commitment assumed by the                 Advertising self-regulation appears as the
industry, which is showed in the compliance              answer of the industry to society’s demand of
of specific principles and deontological rules           having confidence and credibility guarantees in
collected in the Advertising Conduct Codes; as           advertising. Its goal is that advertising activity is
in the submission before an independent third            carried out in a true, legal, honest and loyal way, to
party for the resolution of complaints which can         benefit consumers, competitors and the market, in
be submitted because of the infringement of these        general.

           Consumers benefit from self-regulation as it contributes to advertising being responsable,
           trying to avoid or correcting legal or deontological regulations breaches. Moreover, it offers
           them a free, agile and effective system of complaints management through a Jury formed of
           independent experts.

           In turn, self-regulation benefits companies, through the promotion of responsable advertising
           which helps to increase consumer trust in advertising and the brands’ good reputation.
           In addition, the advice tools offered by advertising self-regulation – like Copy Advice®- help
           companies comply with the regulation applicable to advertising, helping them to avoid making
           possible infringements. Finally, the Advertising Jury allows them to solve disputes quickly and
           efficiently, with a cost significantly lower than those of a judicial proceeding.

           Self-regulation is also perceived positively by regulators and public administrations as much
           as: the codes of conduct complement legal regulation; prior advice tools make it easier for
           companies to fulfil the rules; and extrajudicial systems of advertising complaints management,
           like the Advertising Jury, establish an alternative mechanism to the the administrative and
           judicial one to solve advertising complaints. And all of this without any cost for the Administration,
           because all costs that derive from this activity are assumed by the companies subject to the self-
           regulation system.

During the last decades, many European and               In addition to this, AUTOCONTROL fulfils the
national regulations related to advertising,             requirements established in the Unfair Competition
consumer protection, mass media and personal             Law for its legal recognition. This Law also states
data protection, among others, have recognised           the obligation of using self-regulation systems
the advertising self-regulation and have urged its       before initiating a legal action in some cases,
promotion. This support for self-regulation in the       when self-regulation system complies with the
field of advertising law has been strengthened           requiements of the Law in case of actions against
with the approval of the amendment to the Unfair         the companies adhered to the Codes of Conduct.
Competition Law (1991), at the end of 2009. The new      In a world which is more and more global and
article 37 recognizes and promotes, specifically:        interconnected, it is more necessary than ever to
Codes of Conduct, previous control systems (such         have an efficient and well coordinated advertising
as AUTOCONTROL’s Copy Advice® service), and              self-regulation. AUTOCONTROL plays a very active
the out-of-court dispute settlement systems (like        role in the two organisations: EASA and ICAS which
the Advertising Jury, AUTOCONTROL’s complaints           were created to promote advertising self-regulation
resolution committee).                                   in and European and at an international level.


AUTOCONTROL, since its creation, has been               practices and high standards in advertising
a member of the European Advertising                    self-regulation,   always    respecting   the
Standards Alliance (EASA), an organisation              cultural, legal and commercial differences
created in 1992, which includes the European            of the different states. Moreover, EASA
advertising self-regulation organisations               handles the cross-border complaints system
and the main associations that represent                - in which AUTOCONTROL participates. This
the advertising industry. At the moment,                allows any European Union consumer to
AUTOCONTROL holds the Vicepresidency of                 submit a complaint to the competent foreign
this organization.                                      advertising self-regulation body, through the
                                                        equivalent organism of its own country.
EASA’s principal role is to promote good

AUTOCONTROL is promoter and founder of the              ICAS contributes to the consolidation of the existing
International Council for Ad Self-Regulation (ICAS),    advertising self-regulation organisations and
a platform created in 2016 to promote, globally, an     facilitates the creation of new ones in emerging
efficient advertising and, in this way, contribute to   markets. It also constitutes a relevant platform to
commercial communications globally being truthful,      discuss and work in the development of solutions
legal, honest and loyal.                                to face the challenges of advertising globally.

ICAS’ members include national advertising self-
regulation organisations from Europe, America and
Asia, other regional and international organisations,
such as EASA, and regional and international
associations of the advertising industry.


Compliance activity has gained importance over           the compliance policy of the company - if it has one
the past years in our country and, nowadays, a           -, considers these particulars.
significant number of companies have a team or a
person in charge of regulatory compliance.               Without a doubt, an adequate integration of the
                                                         advertising self-regulation aspects in the company’s
The job of a dedicated person or team for regulatory     regulatory compliance will mean a more efficient
compliance mainly focuses on assuring the                management of those voluntary commitments.
fulfilment of the regulation that affects each sector,
having also the goal of creating a company culture       AUTOCONTROL’s publications (Digital Magazine,
of compliance, social responsability and good            Digital Bulletin AUTOCONTROL @Informa and
governance. Not only does this regulation include        Newsletter) and its courses and training seminars
the legal one, but also the deontological regulation.    can be useful to the regulatory compliance officers
That is the Codes of conduct to which each Company       to know advertising self-regulation and keep up to
has adhered itself.                                      date with the regulatory and self-regulatory news in
                                                         the advertising field.
In this sense it is essential that the dedicated
person or team knows the advertising Codes of            AUTOCONTROL collaborates with the Spanish
conduct to which their organisation is adhered, as       Compliance Association (ASCOM), to promote the
well as the tools offered by the advertising self-       knowledge and training about advertising regulation
regulation system                                        and self-regulation among professionals of the sector.

– AUTOCONTROL – to verify its compliance and that



Copy Advice® service, created in 2001, is a tool       the media that will disseminate the advertising
widely used in the Spanish advertising industry,       campaign.
which is very useful to ensure regulatory
compliance and avoid possible infringements and        The speed of this service (the average period for
reputational risks. Since the launch of the service,   issuing a Copy Advice® during last year was 3
Legal Counsel of AUTOCONTROL has handled               working days), along with the wide experience in
more than 264,000 Copy Advice® requests.               advertising self-regulation of the Legal Counsel
                                                       of AUTOCONTROL, has permited to manage these
It is a report prepared by the Legal Counsel of        advice requests with great efficiency.
AUTOCONTROL, confidential, voluntary and
non-binding (unless provided otherwise in              Moreover, in 2012 the Copy Advice® Express
sectoral codes or agreements), on the legal and        service was created, with an issue average of 1
deontological compliance of advertisements             working day. Nowadays, Copy Advice® is the most
or advertising projects, reviewed before their         requested service. Advertisers, agencies and
dissemination. It can be requested by the              media submitted to AUTOCONTROL, during 2019,
advertiser, its advertising or media agency or         39,971 ads for their revisión, before being issued.


The Legal Counsel AUTOCONTROL also offers an           Copy Advice® service.
advice service to solve doubts, related to
advertising regulation or self-regulation, or          In 2019, the Legal Counsel of AUTOCONTROL has
about their interpretation, from advertisers,          processed 8,371 deontological advice requests.
agencias, media and sectorial associations.            Since it was launched, this service has managed
It does not include the assessment of specific         more than 68,800 consultations.
advertising campaigns provided through the

         WEB ADVICE®

It is a detailed analysis of the legal and             As a complement of the legal report of advertising
deontological correction of the advertising content    contents of a website, we offer a data protection
included in the analysed website. Cookies policies     regulation compliance report of a website,
review is excluded, since it is analysed through the   consisting on the review of the data protection
Cookie Advice® service.                                clauses of the website.


             COOKIE ADVICE®

Cookie Advice® service helps companies with the           it is needed, the recommendation for modifications
compliance of the current regulation on privacy and       that should be done by the editor.
cookies, and, specifically, comply with the obligations
about information and consent collection (article         As the Spanish Data Protection Agency (AEPD) states
22.2 of the Spanish Law on Information Society            in the ‘Guide on the use of cookies’, it is advisable
and Electronic Commerce Services). This service           to carry out a periodical, technical and legal review
includes a review of the situation of own and third-      of the cookies, and, in all cases, when there are
party cookies that are installed through a specific       significant modifications in the website, platform of
website, platform or computing application; as well       computing application with regards to the cookies
as the review of the terms of third-party contracts, if   that are installed from them or to the policy of
any, in terms of the compliance with the information      information or informed consent about such cookies.
and informed consent collection duties. After this
review, the applicant will receive a report with the      Since it was launched, about 1,000 Cookie Advice®
conclusions of the verification process and, in case      requests have been handled.

         DATA ADVICE®

The Data Advice® service, launched in 2018, includes the following specialised legal advice tools for the
compliance of the data protection regulation, particularly, for the compliance and adaptation to the General
Data Protection Regulation (GDPR):

  • Adaptation of information and consent clauses: Legal counsel service focused on the analysis and
      adaptation to information and consent clauses, checking if consents previously collected are valid
      according to the new GDPR and, otherwise, if data processing can be protected under a different legal
      basis (e.g. legitimate interest).

  • Impact assessment support: Advice on if it’s required to carry out an impact assessment and, in this
      case, legal advice in the assessment procedure.

  • Rights attention and management: Advice on data protection rights attention and management,
      including the review of the company’s internal procedures.

  • Mediation service for complaints on data protection rights exercise.

  • Advice on other data protection issues (data processing activities register, contracts with data processing
      managers, security violation notification, etc.), excluding impact assessment, the acceptance of the
      DPO role and the technical analysis (no legal).

  • Training programmes about privacy and data protection through courses, seminars and in house
      training sessions. Over 800 professionals attended ,during 2019, to the Seminars and workshops
      organised by AUTOCONTROL.



The Adveritising Jury is an independent out-
of-court body in charge of solving disputes and
complaints on advertising. It has become the
preferential mechanism for advertising complaints
resolutions in our country. On November 19th,
the Jury has obtained public recognition as
an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) body.
With this recognition, the AUTOCONTROL´s Jury
becames the first private entity accredited in Spain
by the Directorate-General for Consumers Affairs,
of the Ministry of Health, Consumers Affairs and
Social Affairs, and it becomes part of the unified list
of accredited entities of the European Commission,
and the online dispute resolution platform
established by the European Union.

Since its creation till 1st January 2019, it has
managed more than 4,100 cases in an average
period of 14 days in first instance.

The Advertising Jury is fully composed of prestigious     and confidence amongst the advertising industry, the
professionals in the areas of Law, Commercial             Government and society in general. A good example is
Communication and Economy, and it develops its            that, to date, in less than 5% of the disputes resolved
activity guided by the principles of independence and     by the Jury, the claimed company has not carried out
transparency. In order to ensure their impartiality,      the decision of the Jury. In cases in which the parties
the Jury and its members are independent from             started a new proceeding in the Courts of Justice after
the Association and from the entities adhered to it.      AUTOCONTROL’s Jury made a decision, the judicial
The Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition          pronouncements have mostly agreed with the content
(AESAN), is involved in the selection of 25% of its       of the settlement previously passed by the Jury.
                                                          AUTOCONTROL’s Advertising Jury has adjudicated
It resolves the complaints against ads issued             in 267 cases in 2019. Around 76 of these cases
by any media in Spain by applying the Code of             were solved through mediation or acceptance
Advertising Practice. Complaints may be filled by         of the dispute, resulting the ceasing or changing
any person with a legitimate interest in claiming         of the ad. Regarding the cases managed by
against a particular advertisement, regardless of         the Advertising Jury, 42 were upheld, 7 were partially
whether or not they are part of the Association.          estimated, and 39 were not upheld.
The system is free for consumers, consumer
associations and the Public Administration. All the
Advertising Jury’s decisions are published.                  For some years, the number of
The Advertising Jury’s decisions are compulsory              complaints received annually by
for AUTOCONTROL’s members or other                           AUTOCONTROL has stabilized, thanks
companies subjected to the system according
to the application agreements of the sectoral                to the preventive work developed by the
Codes of Conduct, and voluntary for the rest. In             Association, and the responsable use by
this case, in spite of the voluntary nature of the
system, the moral strength which accompanies                 companies of the prior advice services,
the Jury’s decisions is undeniable, even between             both offered by AUTOCONTROL.
non member companies. The technical knowledge
and impartiality demonstrated by the Jury’s
decisions have generated a high level of credibility


The advertising cross-border complaints system            AUTOCONTROL handles the complaints of Spanish
managed by the European Advertising Standards             consumers against the ads originating in media or
Alliance (EASA), and in which AUTOCONTROL                 from advertirsers based in other country of thet of
participates, allows any consumer of the European         the complaint, transferring them to the advertising
Union to submit a complaint to the competent              self-regulation organisation.
foreign advertising self-regulation body, through
the equivalent organism of its own country.


The European Interactive Digital Advertising              site also offers an opt-out tool that allows the user
Alliance (EDAA) is an organisation managed by the         to accept the terms or not.
main European associations of the advertising and
digital sector. Its main role is the management of an     The national advertising self-regulation
interactive European identifying icon of Behavioural      organisations (AUTOCONTROL in Spain) are in
Advertising (OBA) on websites.                            charge of processing the complaints for non-
                                                          compliance of the established standards in the IAB
The companies that take part in this iniciative show      Framework about behavioural advertising or in
such icon in all of their Internet adverts, and through   the EASA Best Practice Recommendations about
it, users will be directed to the “Your Online Choices”   behavioural advertising, to ensure an efficient
site, where they can get more information in their        implementation of them.
own language about behavioural advertising. This


AUTOCONTROL is one of the entities authorized             matters, who shall resolve the specific disputes
by (Organism designated by the Spanish             concerning the designation of “.es” domain names,
Government for the management of online “.es”             between their owner and a third party. This is done in
domains) for the extrajudicial resolution of disputes     a reasoned manner and always respecting the rules
in the designation of the “.es” domains.                  of procedure established by

In order to do so, AUTOCONTROL has a list (shared         In 2019, 4 controversies had to be solved by
with of well-reputed and prestigious experts      AUTOCONTROL’s Panel of Experts.
in Spanish law and out-of-court dispute resolution



The voluntary data protection mediation is a
service launched by AUTOCONTROL on January
1st 2018, and developed in collaboration with the
Spanish Data protection Agency (AEPD) after
signing, in September 2017, the “Protocol for the
private resolution of complaints related to the data
protection in the field of the contract and advertising
of telecommunication services”. During its first
year working, more than 250 request have been
received, reaching an agreement level of 81%.
Moreover more than 950 consultations have been

It is a free service that AUTOCONTROL offers to
consumers in order to solve complaints related to         AUTOCONTROL offers a quick resolution platform to
personal data protection, and submitted against           solve those complaints that consumers consider that
adhered entities to the Protocol (MÁSMOVIL Group,         they have not been managed (or properly managed),
Orange, Telefónica and Vodafone). Some of the             and when facts have occurred within the 12 months
reasons of the complaints that can be handled to this     before the date when the complaint has been
service include, among others: unwanted advertising       submitted. The resolution expected deadline is one
                                                          month. It can be expanded up to three months if
reception, identity thef, data processing for invoice
                                                          parties agree.
reception after requesting the cancellation of the
service, and the products/service contracting or          This initiative works independently from the
the carrying out of paperworks without the user’s         complaints that citizens can continue before the
authorization.                                            AEPD, if they consider that their rights have been



AUTOCONTROL has been organising specialised
courses and seminars on commercial                        Our courses and seminars start from an eminently
communications regulation and self-regulation             practical focus and provided by experts of
matters in Spain for more than 20 years, having           the academic world and professionals of the
become a reference entity in this field.                  business and Administration field, along with
                                                          experts from the AUTOCONTROL team. In 2019
Nowadays, AUTOCONTROL has a complete                      has taken place the first edition on the Higher
educational and training offer intended to law and        Course on Advertising Law to respond to the
advertising professionals, who need to update and         increasing demand from the Law and advertising
deep their knowledge of advertising regulation,           professionals for a specialized training focused on
and to recent graduates who wish to acquire               the advertising industry.
knowledge that will allow them to orientate their
career towards this sector.



Confianza Online is an Association created               offer a tool for public and private entities to show
under the shelter of the digital advertising             their ethic compromise with society and, thus,
and ecommerce self-regulation in 2003, with              to earn consumers’ trust in the new media; and
AUTOCONTROL and Adigital as founding members.            provide consumers and online companies with an
Its main objective is to increase users’ trust in the    extrajudicial controversy resolution instrument
Internet; for this purpose, the Confianza Online         that is fast, inexpensive and effective.
Trust Seal was created.
                                                         Since November 2015, the companies who
This Seal allows users to identify those companies       have adhered to Confianza Online may use the
that have decided to voluntarily acquire high            “E-commerce Europe Trustmark”.
levels of ethic compromise and responsibility, so
they deserve a higher trust than those companies         On Januay 2019, Confianza Online obtained public
that don’t have the Seal due to the fact that they       recognition as an Alternitive Dispute Resolution
aren’t members of this Association.                      (ADR) Body on the e-commerce field.

The main objectives of the Association Confianza
Online are: to increase consumers’ trust in the
use of the Internet and new digital media; to


The    seal    “AUTOCONTROL-Fenin”, whose                one year, unless the Advertising Jury decides to
application is voluntary for companies in the            modify or cease publication of the advertisement,
Medical Devices sector, will allow patients,             or unless there is a regulatory change or new
healthcare professionals and the general public          interpretative administrative or jurisprudential
to identify those advertising campaigns of               that affects the analyzed advertising piece.
medical devices that have obtained a previous
report or Positive Copy Advice® granted by the           Additionally, all those companies that use the new
Copy Advice Team of AUTOCONTROL, once                    Seal, undertake to assume the competence of the
verified the compliance with the advertising             Advertising Jury of AUTOCONTROL, accredited
regulations that result from application, both           as ADR by the government, in the event that a
general and specific for the reason of media, or         complaint is submitted against their ads.
the specific product promoted.
                                                         All of this, obviously, without prejudice to any of
Any company in the Medical Devices sector,               the powers of the public administrations in this
regardless of whether or not they are partners           matter, and the need to obtain the corresponding
of AUTOCONTROL and / or Fenin, can apply for             administrative authorization for advertising,
this seal, before requesting the administrative          when it is required.
authorization of the advertising, should this be
necessary and , in any case, before spreading the

The seal can be used based on the confirmation
by AUTOCONTROL of the granting of it, provided
that it is not necessary to submit the advertising
to prior administrative authorization. It is valid for



The advertising self-regulation is another              Memories of Sostenibility from the Global Reporting
element of the Corporate Social Responsablity           Initiative, which includes specific forecasts related
(CSR) programs. According to advertising ethic          to the participation in advertising self-regulation
and loyalty is encouraged to benefit consumers,         systems and the joining to the Codes of Conduct
it is contributing in the promotion of the social       about this field. Particularly, the last version of
responsibility.                                         this Guide, published in November 2013.

Currently, the rates that evaluate the Social           For that purpose, AUTOCONTROL annually issues
Responsibility of companies take into account           its members a CSR certificate, which allows
those activities that assume the ethic                  them to highlight, in their annual CSR Report
commitments with the commercial activity,               or Sustainability Report, participating in the
and also with communication and advertising.            Spanish system of self-regulation advertising
There are several reports and documents which           of AUTOCONTROL. Some of the most important
confirm this, such as the Guide for the Creation of     companies in our country, have already included it.


It is an online documentation service that allows to    principles of the legal rules that apply to advertising
access to the Advertising Jury decisions since its      products and services.
origin until today, as well as mediations and public
deontological opinions.                                 The consultation of this database is especially
                                                        useful for professionals from legal and compliance
Those decisions and deontological opinions collect      departments, lawyers, consultants and professors
the doctrine of the Advertising Jury related to the     (especially, of Law and Communication). Also for all
interpretation of the AUTOCONTROL’ s Code of            those professionals that develop tasks related with
Advertising Practice, of other sectoral Codes of        marketing and advertising in advertisers, agencies
Conduct applied by AUTOCONTROL, and the legality        and media.


Our monitoring service consists in the review
of commercial communications from a specific            In the last few years, AUTOCONTROL has carried
sector, disseminated in a determined period of          out several European and national monitoring
time, and in specific media, to verify a series of      exercises related to the advertising in digital media
indicators related to the effective compliance of       from sectors like toys, online gaming, alcohol or
the legal or deontological regulations applicable       food advertising aimed at children.
to that advertisement.

It is a useful tool to verify the level of compliance
with deontological commitments assumed by the




It is a digital specialized publication - a reference
in the sector -, published on a monthly basis
(except the bimonthly issue of July and August)
and sent to our members and suscribers.

Throught this magazine we allow the monitoring
of the processing and approval of legislative
and deontological rules that affect advertising,
jurisprudence and recent administrative decisions
regarding commercial communicatons, the
Advertising Jury decisions and, in general,
interesting news about advertising regulation
and self-regulation, including the most relevant
novelties on the activity of the Association in Spain
and internationally, and our training offer.

It is relevant for managers and professionals of
marketing, legal advice, compliance, etc., lawyers,
professors and others.

@INFORMA                                                  NEWSLETTER AUTOCONTROL

Digital publication, published on a monthly               Free digital monthly publication that allows to know
basis, and exclusively for AUTOCONTROL’s                  and follow up the main novelties about advertising
members, through which we offer, the 15th of              regulation and self-regulation, jurisprudency
each month (except August) updated information            and administrative decisions, Advertising Jury’s
about regulation, jurisprudency and administrative        decisions, and another news of interest.

It also includes a specific section about relevant
industry’s news - regulatory novelties in other
countries, challenges and threats, etc. -, apart
from a dedicated section about AUTOCONTROL’s
activity, self-regulation novelties, Advertising Jury’s
decisions, new memebers, relevant industry’s
news, etc.

Since it was created in 1995, AUTOCONTROL has
actively collaborated with many national and
autonomous administrations with competency
in the advertising activity control, through the
agreements signed with them.

These bodies, according to what is established in
many state and communitary rules, recognise
AUTOCONTROL’s role as an advertising self-
regulation organism and the utility of its tools of
prior assessment and complaints resolutions,
whose use is promoted and encouraged as a
complement, without affecting the administrative
competencies of these bodies. Most of these                    AUTOCONTROL has also signed collaboration
agreements have Joint Committees, with parity                  agreements with, among others, the following
representation, to facilitate the cooperation and              autonomous community bodies: Health Council of
coordination between parties, without affecting                Castilla-La Mancha, Presidency of the Autonomous
the competencies and responsabilities of the                   Community of Valencia, Madrid Health and
corresponding Administration.                                  Consumer Council, the Economy and Finance
                                                               Council of Madrid Regional Government, the Health
At national level, AUTOCONTROL has signed                      Council of Castilla-La Manga Regional Government.
collaboration agreements with the Ministry of                  Finally, AUTOCONTROL has also signed an
Health (MSCBS); the Ministry of Agriculture, Food              agreement with Madrid City Council.
and Environment; the Information Society State
Department and Agenda Digital; the Spanish                     Moreover AUTOCONTROL has been recognized by
Agency of Food Security and Nutrition (AESAN); the             the Bank of Spain as an advertising self-regulation
General Secretary of Equality Policies; the National           system according to its Circular 6/2010 on financial
Commission of Markets and Competition (CNMC);                  products and services advertising.
the Spanish Data Protection Agency (AEPD); the
Directorate-General of Gambling Regulation; and                Actually, AUTOCONTROL has 30 agreements,                                                        including:

   1.   Framework Collaboration Agreement with the Spanish National Institute of Consumer Affairs (INC), now
        Spanish Agency of Food Safety and Nutrition (AECOSAN), for Internet self-regulation: Confianza Online (March
   2.   Agreement with Madrid Anti-Drug Agency to foster self-regulation in alcoholic beverages advertising (April
        2005). Modified in 2013.
   3.   Agreement with the Ministry of Health, Consumer and Social Affairs and the Spanish Federation of Food and
        Beverage Industries (FIAB) for the application of the PAOS self-regulation Code for food advertising aimed at
        children (June 2005). Modified in 2012 and in 2013.
   4.   Agreement with, public entity in charge of consolidating the development of the Information Society in
        Spain, appointing AUTOCONTROL as an “out-of-court body for the resolution of controversies” in the designation
        of “.es” domains (February 2006).
   5.   Agreement with the Andalusian Audiovisual Council (November 2006).
   6.   Agreement with the Catalonian Audiovisual Council (December 2006). Replaced by an Agreement in July 2011.
        An extension of this agreement was signed in March 2020.
   7.   Agreement with the General Secretary of Equality Policies, at the moment belonging to the Employment and
        Social Services Ministry, currently to the Ministry of Presidency, Relations with the Parlament, and Equality, to
        foster advertising self-regulation (October 2007).
   8.   Collaboration Agreement with the Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition (AESAN), currently the Spanish
        Agency of Consumers Affairs, Food Safety and Nutrition (AECOSAN) to foster advertising self-regulation
        (January 2008).

9.    Agreement with the former Rural and Marine Affairs and Environment Ministry, currently Ministry for the
      Ecological Transition, and with energy and automotive companies on self-regulation of best practices in the use
      of environmental claims in commercial communications (July 2009).
10.   Agreement with the Ministry of Health and Consumer Affairs, the Spanish Federation of
      Food and Beverage Industries (FIAB) and TV Broadcasters for the application of the PAOS
      self-regulation Code for food advertising aimed at children by televisions (September 2009).
11.   Agreement with the Spanish Toy Manufacturers Association and the Spanish National Institute of Consumer
      Affairs (INC) on self-regulation of toys advertising. (December 2010). Substituted by an Agreement on Self-
      regulation of Toys Advertising, with the Spanish Toy Manufacturers Association and thecurrently the Spanish
      Agency of Consumers Affairs, Food Safety and Nutrition (AECOSAN) (December 2015). Extended in 2017.
12.   Agreement with the Spanish Spirits Federation and Castilla-La Mancha Regional Government on self-
      regulation of alcohol advertising (January 2011).
13.   Agreement with the General Direction for Regulation of Gambling (DGOJ) belonging to the Ministry of Finance
      to co-regulate the advertising, sponsorship and promotion of gambling activities (November 2011).
14.   Agreement to establish a Code of Conduct on Commercial Communications of Gambling Activities, signed with
      the General Direction for Regulation of Gambling (DGOJ) belonging to the Ministry of Finance the former
      Audiovisual Authority in Spain (Telecommunications and Information Society State Department) – currently such
      authority is the National Commission of Markets and Competition (CNMC) – and Gambling Operators (June
15.   Agreement with, public entity in charge of consolidating the development of the Information Society in
      Spain, to foster responsible digital advertising (August 2012).
16.   Collaboration Agreement with the Spanish Data Protection Agency (AEPD) (October 2013).
17.   Collaboration Agreement with the Catalonian Agency of Consumer Affairs (ACC) (October 2014).
18.   Collaboration Agreement with the Ministry of Health, Social Affairs and Equality, and the National Health Self-
      Care Association (ANEFP) on advertising of medicinal products for human use (December 2014).
19.   Agreement with the National Commission of Markets and Competence (CNMC) to foster coregulation on TV
      commercial communications (July 2015).
20.   Collaboration Agreement with the DG of Consumer Affairs of the Health Council of Castilla-La Mancha Regional
      Government for advertising activities (January 2016).
21.   Collaboration Agreement with the Presidency of the Autonomous Community of Valencia on control of the
      advertising activity (November 2016).
22.   Addendum to the agreement with the Health Council of Castilla-La Mancha Regional Government, signed
      with the GD Consumer Affairs for advertising activities (food, alcohol, tobacco and other products which are
      competence of this DG) (February 2017).
23.   General Actuation Protocol signed with the Spanish Data Protection Agency (AEPD), driving the “Protocol
      for the private resolution of claims related to the data protection in the field of the contact and advertising of
      telecommunication services” signed by AUTOCONTROL and the main telecommunicatios operators (September
24.   Collaboration Agreement with the Health, Security and Emergency Departmetn of Madrid Regional Government
      (September 2017).
25.   Addendum to the agreement with the Health Council of Castilla-La Mancha Regional Government, signed with
      the GD of Health Planification, Ordenation and Control, on advertising activity (human and vet use medicines,
      sanitary services and centres, cosmetics, sanitary products and other products under the competency of the GD)
      (October 2017).
26.   Collaboration Agreement with the Health Council (GD Consume) of the Regional Government of Andalusia, on
      advertising activity control (October 2017). Renewed December 2018 extending the scope to Health.
27.   Agreement with the Health Council of the Regional Government Goverent of Madrid, on advertising activity
      control (pharmaceutical products, sanitary products, sanitary services, centres and establishments, cosmetics
      and food) (November 2017).
28.   Agreement with Kontsumobide (Basque Institute of Consumption), on advertising activity control (Febrery 2018).
29.   Agreement with the General Direction of Consumer Affairs (Ministry of Health, Social Affairs and Equality),
      through which the following Collaboration Agreements are renewed: Agreement under which 25% of the
      Advertising Jury’s members are appointed in common agreement with the the Spanish Consumer Affairs
      Authority, signed in January 1999; and Agreement signed in January 2007 to foster advertising self-regulation
      (November 2019).
30.   Collaboration Agreement with the Economy Employment and Competitiveness of Madrid Regional
      Government (GD of Consumer Affairs) for advertising activities - replaces the Agreement signed in September
      2015, with the Ministry of Economy and Finance CM- (April 2020).


                                                       Since its creation, AUTOCONTROL has been actively
                                                       working with other associations and organizations
                                                       in the development of Sectoral Advertising Codes of
                                                       Conduct that strengthen advertising self-discipline
                                                       in several business sectors.

                                                       AUTOCONTROL has also become a reference for
                                                       the implementation and monitoring of that sectoral

                                                       Currently, apart from its Code of Advertising
                                                       Practice, AUTOCONTROL applies 21 sectorial codes
                                                       as a result of the self-regulation agreements it has
                                                       signed with differenet sectoral institutions:

    Confianza Online
    Confianza Online Ethical Code (Adigital and AUTOCONTROL, 2002). Modified in 2018.

    Promotion of Prescription Medicines
    Code of Best Practices for the Pharmaceutical Industry (FARMAINDUSTRIA) (2002). Modified in 2016.

    Advertising of Beer
    Self-regulationAdvertisign Code of Spanish Brewers (CERVECEROS) (2003). Modified in 2009.

    Advertising of Spirits
    Self-regulation Advertisign Code of Spirits Spain (2003). Modified in 2012.

    Advertising of Toys
    Self-regulation Advertising Code for Toys Advertising aimed at Children of the Spanish Toy Manufacturers
    Association (AEFJ) (June 2003). Modified in 2015. New agreement with the AEFJ and the Spanish Agency of
    Consumer Affairs, Food Security and Nutrition (2015).

    Trademark Protection
    Code of Ethics from the National Association for Trademark Protection (ANDEMA) (2004).

    Food and Beverages Advertising for Children (PAOS Code)
    Co-regulation Code on advertising in food and beverages aimed at children, obesity prevention and health
    with the Spanish Federation of Food and Beverages Industries (FIAB)- Ministry of Health, Social Affairs and
    Equality (2005). Modified in 2012 and in 2013.

    Advertising of Videogames
    Guidelines on Best Practices in the Advertising in Interactive Software Products of the former Spanish
    Association of Distributors and Entertainment Software Editors (AEDES), current Spanish Videogames
    Association (AEVI – Asociación Española de Videojuegos) (2005).



    Advertising of Health Technology
    Code of Best Practices in the advetisign of health technology of the Spanish Federation of Health Technology
    Companies (FENIN - Federación Española de Empresas de Tecnología Sanitaria) (2006). Modified in 2019.

    Advertising of Enteral Nutrition Products
    Code of Ethics of the Spanish Association of Manufacturers and Distributors of Enteral Feeding Products
    (AENE - Asociación Española de Fabricantes y Distribuidores de Productos de Nutrición Enteral) (2006).
    Modified in 2016.

    Advertising on Medicines for the General Public
    Code of Ethics for the promotion and advertising of drugs authorized without medical prescription not
    financed by the National Health System and other products for health self-care of the Association for
    Health Self-care (ANEFP - Asociación para el Autocuidado de la Salud) (2007).

    Environmental Arguments in Advertising
    Code of Best Practices for the use of environmental claims in commercial communications of the Ministry
    of Rural and Marine Environment and companies in the Energy and Automotive industries (2009).

    Advertising of Gambling Activities
    Code of Ethics on commercial communications of Gambling Activities. Agreement with DG of Gaming
    Regulation and former Audiovisual Authority in Spain (Telecommunications and Information Society State
    Department) – currently such Authority is the National Commission of Markets and Competition (CNMC) –
    (2012). Modified in 2019.

    Advertising on Dietetic Products for Children
    Ethic Code for best commercial practices on advertising of dietetic products for children of the Spanish
    National Association of Manufactures of Dietetic Products for Children (ANDI) (2012). Modified in 2014.

    Perfumes and Cosmetics Advertising
    Selfregulation Code for a responsible communication of Perfumes and Cosmetics (STANPA – Spanish
    Association of Perfumes and Cosmetics) (2015).

    Cinema Advertising
    Code of Ethics of advertising in cinema by the major film advertising agencies (Movierecord, Discine and
    014) (2016).

    Advertising of Bottled Drinking Water
    Ethics Code of Good Practice of bottled drinking water sector in labelling and advertising (ANEABE) (2016).

    Code of Conduct for the interactions with the Health Community with the Spanish Association
    of Generic Medications
    Code of Conduct on Interactions with Health Community (AESEG) (2018).

    Advertising of Fundraising Activities
    Code of Conduct of F2F/D2D (AEFr) (2018).

    Wine Advertising
    Code of Wine Commercial Communications (OIVE) (2018). Modified in 2020.

    Advertising of Disposable wipes
    Code of Best practices for labelling of disposable wipes and wet toilette paper (STANPA). (2019).


  Our Association carries out a strong activity on
  digital media advertising, which is also applied
  to both the Code of Advertising Practice of
  AUTOCONTROL and other sectorial Codes we

  The increase of the advertising investment in
  digital media in the last years has brought an
  important increase of the use of the prior advice
  services AUTOCONTROL offers to the companies
  of the industry. In 2019 the voluntary requests
  of Copy Advice® referred to digital commercial
  communications have grown 25%. These requests
  are mainly related to advertising content which
  will be included in websites, displays, mailings or
  social media. Moreover, digital media has become
  the most claimed media before the Advertising
                                                         More recently it was launched the Web Advice®
  Aware of the features and specific needs of the        service to advice about the deontological and legal
  digital media, AUTOCONTROL has progressively           adaptation of the advertising contents included in
  turned on specific services focused on the             a website.
  advertising in this type of media. Since 2013 it has
  offered the Cookie Advice® service, the Digital        Finally, to complement this service offer, in
  Development Department has handled near                January 2018 AUTOCONTROL launched a new
  1.000 advice requests related to the compliance of     service named Data Advice®, which includes
  the regulation on privacy in websites.                 different legal tools addressed to advice
                                                         companies in the implementation and compliance
  Digital advertising monitoring reports, complaints     on the new data protection regulations. Also in
  resolution on behavioural advertising within the       January 2018, AUTOCONTROL, in collaboration
  framework of the “Your online Choices” platform,       with the Spanish Data Protection Agency (AEPD),
  developed by the European Interactive Digital          and with the participation of MÁSMÓVIL Group,
  Advertising Assocation (EDAA), or the settlement of    Orange, Telefónica and Vodafone, launched a
  claims related to the allocation of “.es” domains,     new mediation service to make the resolution of
  are other activities which AUTOCONTROL has             possible claims related to data protection easier,
  carried out related to digital advertising.            such as unwanted advertising, identity theft or
                                                         the data processing for invoices reception after
                                                         having requested the cancellation of the service.
                                                         This mediaton, managed by AUTOCONTROL as
                                                         an independent third-party, provides an agile
In 2019 the voluntary requests of                        and free solution for the user, without needing
Copy Advice® referred to digital                         to turn to a judicial or administrative procedure.

commercial communications have                           AUTOCONTROL continues actively participating
grown 25%                                                in different activities related to digital advertising
                                                         self-regulation in Spain and in European and
                                                         international level.


In Spain, apart from the agreement action Protocol    organization. It also partipates in the Board of
signed in September 2017, which supports the          Directors of EDAA, representing all the European
development of the voluntary mediation system         advertising self-regulation organism.
mentioned above, AUTOCONTROL has another
collaboration Agreement with the AEPD, and            Finally, AUTOCONTROL is President of Confianza
an agreement with It also keeps in            Online, the Association it created in 2003 together
regular contact with the Information Society          with Adigital to increase the user’s trust on digital
State Department and Digital Agenda (SESIAD).         media. Through its Seal, companies which use
And when it’s necessary, it coordinates its           it can show high levels of ethic commitment to
activity with the representative association of       users, moreover, a quick, affordable and efficient
the industry. As a result of this collaboration,      out-of-court complaints resolution system is
in 2013 AUTOCONTROL actively participated in          provided.
the creation of the first Guide in Europe about
the cookies use, together with the Spanish Data
Protection Agency (AEPD) and Adigital, IAB
Spain and the AEA.

At a communitary level, playing the role of
Vicepresident of EASA, AUTOCONTROL actively
participates in all the projects related to digital
advertising self-regulation carried about by this


  TV advertising self-regulation is one of the key      According to this, the CNMC recognises the
  areas for AUTOCONTROL. The self-regulation            usefulness of the self-regulatory procedure as a
  system in this field was launched in 2002 with the    complementary mechanism for administrative and
  sign of an agreement between the main national        judicial procedures, and establishes a cooperation
  and regional TV operators. According to it, a self-   frame with AUTOCONTROL.
  regulation system, managed by AUTOCONTROL, is
  established, by virtue of which adhered operators     Both agreements set up their corresponding Joint
  are able to request a report on the lawfulness        Committees with AUTOCONTROL, which meet on
  and deontological correction of the advertising       a monthly basis. AUTOCONTROL plays the same
  campaigns they are going to broadcast, when they      role as the French and English self-regulation
  have doubts about them.                               systems do with their corresponding audiovisual
                                                        authorities, on one hand, and with the national TV
  This agreement where complemented with the            operators, on the other.
  signing, in 2003, of the collaboration agreement
  with what was the former audiovisual authority:       In 2019, and in the context of the aforementioned
  the Telecommunications and Information Society        Agreements, the Legal Counsel of AUTOCONTROL
  State Department (SETSI). This last agreement has     reviewed 10,862 TV ads before being broadcasted,
  been replaced by the Collaboration agreement          and at the request of advertisers, agencies or media;
  for the development of the co-regulation about        73,9% of them obtained a positive Copy Advice®
  commercial communications on TV signed in             result, in 23,4% changes were recommended, and
  2015 between AUTOCONTROL and the National             2,5% were negative.
  Commission of Markets and Competition (CNMC).
                                                        In the field of television advertising, a special effort
                                                        has been made with regards to the protection of
                                                        minors. In particular, AUTOCONTROL revised in
                                                        2018, 1,446 advertising aimed at children, about
                                                        90% of this type of advertising. This activity is
                                                        carried out in collaboration with the TV operators
                                                        and the advertisers from the toy, videogame
In 2019, and in the context of the                      and food sectors, which has assumed, at the
aforementioned Agreements, the                          same time, self-regulation commitments on the
                                                        advertising aimed at this public.
Legal Counsel of AUTOCONTROL
reviewed 10.862 TV ads before being                     TV advertising self-regulation is complemented
broadcasted.                                            with the collaboration agreements signed in 2006
                                                        with the Audiovisual Councils of Andalusia and
                                                        Catalonia, and, in 2016, with the Presidency of the
                                                        Autonomous Community of Valencia in 2016, as
                                                        autonomous audiovisual authorities.


In June 2010, the Order EHA/1718/2010 of June            is specified and developed. On December 22nd,
11th, on the regulation and control of the               2010, the Bank of Spain acknowledged that
advertising of banking products and services,            AUTOCONTROL attested compliance with all the
was published. This Order introduced important           aforementioned requirements.
developments in the regulation of advertising for
those services, because through it the previous          So, credit institutions, through their adhesion to
administrative control system of advertising and         AUTOCONTROL and their systematic Copy Advice®
banking operations referring to cost or profitability    requests to the Copy Advice® Team on the legality
for the customer, was eliminated. The Bank of            and ethical correctness of their draft campaigns
Spain keeps its a posteriori control competence.         before their release, would fulfil the obligation of
                                                         internal control required by that Order.
The Order includes two paragraphs in the foreword,
in which one can find the large and increasing
recognition of self-regulatory systems by the EU
authorities and the national legislator. In addition,
it indicates the desirability of encouraging voluntary      On December 22nd, 2010, the
adherence by the entities to the advertising self-
regulatory bodies that comply with the requirements         Bank of Spain acknowledged that
of the Commission Recommendation 98/257/EC of               AUTOCONTROL attested compliance
March 30th on the principles applicable to bodies
responsible for the out-of-court dispute settlement         with all the aforementioned
about consumer affairs, to the extent that it will          requirements.
improve advertising quality of the banking services

That Order has been subject to development through
Circular 6/2010 of September 28th, from the Bank         Thus, in the first place, when a request for the
of Spain to credit and payment institutions, about       cessation or rectification of advertising refers to
advertising services and banking products. In this       an advertisement that has a positive Copy Advice®
Circular, in addition to detailing the requirements      issued by AUTOCONTROL, and whereby that fact
that this kind of advertising has to comply with,        has been communicated to the Bank of Spain, the
the role of SROs in the control of bank advertising      institution will have to refer to the corresponding
                                                         self-regulation system body (AUTOCONTROL)
                                                         within a minimum of three working days, before
                                                         applying the aforementioned requirement. And
                                                         secondly, in case of administrative action carried
                                                         out under a disciplinary process, it will be
                                                         understood that the entity acted in good faith if it
                                                         had followed the above mentioned positive Copy

                                                         Since it came into effect, the Legal Counsel of
                                                         AUTOCONTROL has successfully processed more
                                                         than 129,000 requests of Copy Advice® related to
                                                         drafts of advertising campaigns from more than
                                                         a hundred credit institutions who are members of

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