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
||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.
||Make sure you provide a copy of your script/storyboard or off-line edit.
||If your media schedule dictates that the ad attain a certain classification, please detail this in your application.
||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.