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Pre-Check Service

Producers are encouraged to discuss the content of a commercial at concept or script/storyboard stages of production to obtain an indication of the likely classification and to be directed to any content requirements.

This service is free-of-charge and is highly recommended. Any such discussions will be kept strictly confidential.

How to apply for a Pre-Check

1.  Please complete your pre-check application using the CAD Online Application System by selecting Request a Pre-check. This service can also be used to review off-line edits prior to finalising a TVC.

2.  Make sure you provide a copy of your script/storyboard or off-line edit.

3.  If your media schedule dictates that the ad attain a certain classification, please detail this in your application.

4.  Please respond to any requests made for substantiation or other information prior to production in case we need to provide you with further feedback.  Substantiation provided to CAD during a pre-check reduces the risk of delay with your application for a CAD number or the possibility of the TVC requiring an amendment which may delay on-air commitments. 

Please allow at least 5 working days for CAD to review and provide comments/feedback. Scripts containing complex claims or requiring a more detailed review may take longer.


Please note that this service does not provide legal advice and that it is the responsibility of each advertiser and/or its advertising agency to ensure their commercial complies with all relevant laws and regulatory requirements.


CAD numbers are only issued on completed commercials. Once your pre-check is complete you will need to submit the final TVC and any information requested at the pre-check stage via the CAD Online Application System in the usual way.

Please note the pre-check service is not available for infomercials.

For further information regarding Pre-checks refer to the FAQs.