Trading Standards act on behalf of consumers and business, and advise on and enforce laws that govern the way we buy, sell and rent goods and services. 

Trading Standards Officers investigate complaints about commercial organisations and, if all else fails, prosecute traders who break the law. Camden Council’s Trading Standards team has been appointed by National Trading Standards to enforce advertising rules nationally. 

Trading Standards acts as our legal ‘backstop’ for non-broadcast advertising. This means failure of an advertiser to comply with an ASA ruling, could result in them being referred to Trading Standards, who have the power to take legal action amongst other sanctions.

The ASA can and will refer advertisers to Trading Standards when they’re unwilling or unable to follow our rules, and our other self-regulatory sanctions have not brought them into line.

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