Amazon Ads Guidelines and Acceptance Policies

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Overview
3.0 Amazon Brand Elements
4.0 Animation and Video
5.0 Prohibited Content
6.0 Prohibited Products and Services

Overview

At Amazon Ads, we believe maintaining a high customer experience bar for the ads we serve helps us drive better results for you, our advertisers. Accordingly, we’ve set customer-centric Ad Policies to help preserve and enhance that experience. All advertising content must be appropriate for a general audience and for the type of placement in which it will be displayed, and, as an advertiser using Amazon Ads, it is your responsibility to make sure that both you and your ads comply with all applicable laws, rules, regulations, and industry standards in each geographical area where the advertisements may appear. You must be honest about the products or services that you promote, and must avoid content that may mislead or offend our customers. Amazon customers represent a wide array of genders, races, ethnicities, abilities, ages, religions, sexual orientations and backgrounds.

We encourage you to use diverse imagery within your Ads. Our policies are not intended as legal advice. We encourage you to consult with your legal advisor if you have questions about the laws and regulations concerning your ads.

These ad policies apply to Amazon’s global Display Advertising business, for placements both on Amazon’s owned-and-operated properties, and off Amazon. Separate Ad Policies apply to sponsored ads, Book Ads, and Stores. For technical requirements, please review the ad specs.

Amazon reserves the right to reject, remove or request modifications to an ad in its sole discretion, for any reason. Amazon may suspend or terminate your ad account(s) for severe or repeated Ad Policy violations. All examples are illustrative, and Amazon reserves the right to reject campaigns which do not meet its policies as determined in its sole discretion. For those policies that require prior approval by Amazon, please engage your appropriate client support team.

We periodically update our policies. Please check this page often to ensure that you are always up to date on our latest policy requirements.

Throughout this document, we refer to advertisers as “you/your,” to ad placements on Amazon’s owned-and-operated properties as “ads on Amazon,” and to Amazon DSP offsite as “ads off Amazon.”

For an overview of policies addressing questions that commonly arise, please see our Quick Reference Guide. Please note: This guide is not intended to be a comprehensive overview of all ad policies. It is highlighting some key ad policies that frequently re-occur.

To view recent updates to these policies, please see our Ad Policy Change Log.

1.0 General Creative Guidelines

We apply a high creative bar to ad content to ensure a consistent, high-quality customer experience. The policies in this section apply to all ads and serve to ensure a minimum quality bar.

1.1 Advertiser Branding

Your brand name or logo must be clearly visible in the ad to ensure that customers can readily identify you as the advertiser.

If an ad features both your brand name or logo and an Amazon logo, your brand name or logo must be the largest and most prominent.

For ads promoting movies, TV shows, video games, music titles, and apps, the name of a band, or the title of a TV show, movie, or video game can be treated as the brand name.

1.2 Background Colors and Borders

Customers must be able to distinguish ads from non-sponsored content on the page. Amazon imposes certain restrictions on background colors and design to ensure that ads are distinct from non-sponsored content on the page, and that customers can identify the clickable spaces associated with an ad.

Ads without borders cannot feature white or off-white background color.

If an ad does not have a border, it must feature a background color that contrasts with the white/off-white background color of the page. For example, ads without borders can feature a light gray background color.

Mobile ads cannot have a white bar dividing the creative, as this mimics elements of Amazon Mobile Gateway house creatives.

Ads that take up most of the screen (such as mobile interstitial ads, tablet and Kindle wake screen ads) or are distinct from their page backgrounds because of ad placement design (such as Marquee ads, Seller Central log-in and homepage placements) do not require a border. See individual specs pages for more details about background and border requirements per ad product.

1.3 Distracting Ads

Animation features and other interactive elements in ads must be engaging and complement the customer experience, and must not distract or deceive.

Prohibited distracting features include, but are not limited to:

  • Flashing, blinking, or, pulsating objects, images, or text.
  • Frequent or fast contrast transitions (for example frames with multiple changes from white to black).
  • Excessive animation (for example, frame changes occur every 1 or 2 seconds or visual objects within the animation that seem to move constantly).
  • Animation that mimics user interaction, such as moving mouse cursors or clicking buttons.

1.4 Fake functionality

Fake functionality can trick customers into clicking on ads by believing that certain inactive elements of an ad are interactive and can provide value to them.

Ad elements that a customer would usually expect to be able to interact with must be functional. For example, ads with a free text field prompting the customer to “enter your zip code” must lead to a landing page with information tailored to that customer’s postcode. Driving to a generic landing page or asking for the zip code to be re-entered is prohibited.

1.5 Image Quality

Images in ads must meet the file size, resolution, and file type restrictions that are specified per size/placement (see ad specs for more details).

Prohibited low-quality images include, but are not limited to: crowded images with too many visual objects in one creative, blurry, distorted, low-resolution, pixelated, smudged, or stretched images.

1.6 Sponsored Display custom images

Custom images allow you to include compelling images that represent your products or brand in context or a lifestyle setting in your ad. Images must not contradict the landing page and must be of high resolution and quality and aesthetically pleasing. Images must not:

  • Be individual or multiple product images on a solid or transparent background.
  • Be an individual brand logo or combination of logos.
  • Be one of your selected product images.
  • Contain crowded, excessive, poorly cropped or illegible elements.
  • Contain additional text other than text naturally present in the image (such as on product packaging).
  • Contain letterbox or pillarbox formats.

See below for image examples and How to build brand creatives to engage Amazon shoppers for more information.

Individual and multiple product images:

Product displayed in lifestyle setting

Individual product image

Product displayed in context

Multiple product images

Individual and multiple logos:

Individual brand logo

Multiple brand logos

Crowded images and text images:

Crowded and poorly cropped image

Text in image

Letterbox or pillarbox formats:

Letter box image

Pillar box image

2.0 Advertising Copy

Ads must be clear and accurate so that customers receive correct information before engaging with an ad or deciding to purchase a product.

2.1 Call To Action (CTA)

CTA is the portion of the ad that prompts customers to take a suggested action. A clear and direct CTA helps improve the performance of your ads by setting customer expectation for the landing page experience.

All desktop ads running onsite and Fire device ads require a CTA. A CTA is encouraged on mobile but not required if the experience on the landing page is already clear from the ad.

When used, the CTA must contain no end punctuation. If the content you're linking to requires a subscription, this must be made explicit either in the CTA or elsewhere in the creative.

We do not require the CTA to be present throughout animated ads but it must be in the final frame.

A list of pre-approved CTAs can be found here.

Additional CTA requirements per ad product

2.2 Claims and Substantiation

Advertising claims must be accurate, truthful, and substantiated.

The following information must be included either in the disclosure section of the ad text or on the landing page (the data used must be from a reputable source, and cannot be more than 18 months old):

  • Awards: The name of the award provider, and the year of the award.
  • Survey results: The source and date of the survey.
  • Statistical claims: The source and date of the study.
  • Superlative and comparative claims: An independent source that supports the claim, and the date of the study.
  • Environmental claims: An independent source that supports the claim, and the date of the study.

If a product shot includes substantiation for a claim, Amazon does not require additional substantiation.

2.2.1 Prices and Saving Claims

To ensure accuracy price/savings claims must be communicated via dynamic ecommerce ads (DEA) when these are available for the given ad size. In line with this requirement, DEA’s must not include a price or savings claim in the static portion of the ad.

JP: Starting April 1, 2021, pricing claims must include the consumption tax. For example, when a product price is JPY 1,000, "JPY 1,100 including 10% consumption tax of JPY 100" is approved, but JPY 1,000 (without the consumption tax) is not approved.

AT: Pricing claims addressed to consumers always have to include the VAT.

AU/NZ: For Save up to X% claims, at least 20% of the ASINs must be at the maximum discount specified.

Pricing and saving claims must:

  • Be consistent across the ad and the landing page. If the ad promotes a percentage savings (for example, “10% off”), the landing page must also reference the percentage saving, not only the dollar saving. If the claim on the ad becomes inaccurate due to dynamic pricing on the landing page, creatives must be paused and updated to use qualified claims. For example, Save $XX or more, Save up to XX%.
  • Clarify when the amount varies across multiple promoted products (for example, “Save up to X% on selected products.”).
  • Be used in the correct context. For example, use phrases like “limited-time offer” for time-bound savings claims.
  • Use seasonal claims during the relevant promotional period only. For example, “Back to school offers” or “Valentine’s Day Special Prices” is only acceptable during the periods leading up to the beginning of the school year or Valentine’s Day.
  • Be provided to customers upfront. Customers do not have to complete trivial tasks such as in-banner games, quizzes, or surveys to be eligible for a special offer.
  • (AU/NZ) Identify any unavoidable additional charges.
  • (AU/NZ) Not be 'bait advertising' (i.e. must be able to be supplied for the time period identified or a reasonable time and a reasonable quantity of the advertised products must be available unless otherwise clearly stated).

Travel ads
Prices in ads for travel services must always be given as “from $X” due to the likelihood of price fluctuations. For example, “Fly to Dublin from £40” rather than “Fly to Dublin for £40.”

AT: If a price is indicated for travel ads, it should also include all possible extra costs (e.g. taxes, airport duties, etc.)

2.3 Comparative Advertising

Ads on Amazon cannot explicitly call out your competitors. Ads may include references to a “leading brand” or another generic phrasing.

Ads off Amazon can use comparisons with named competitors if they do not criticize or attack the competitors.

(Australia and New Zealand): Comparative ads must only compare 'like-for-a-like' equivalent products or services. If the price is the only comparative claim, then the ad must only compare identical products.

For ads in Denmark, referencing a “leading brand” is not permitted if that brand is obvious within the respective industry.

2.4 Customer Reviews and Ratings

2.4.1 Customer Reviews

Customer reviews sourced from third parties are prohibited. You may use editorial and expert reviews (for example, a quote from a national news outlet) if the source of the review is identified in the ad.

When permitted, customer reviews must:

  • Be genuine and not induced or paid.
  • Relate to the specific product advertised (for example, you cannot use a customer review for a 16GB version of a smartphone in an ad for the 32GB version).
  • Be discoverable from the landing page (either because they are present on the product detail page, or by clicking on “see all reviews”).
  • Not be changed, including the correction of grammatical errors (but you must avoid reviews with gross misspellings or significant grammatical errors).
    • Truncations must not alter the meaning of the review.
    • Omissions to portions of customer reviews are permissible through the use of ellipses: (“…”) with no spaces before or after.
      • Ellipses in customer review headlines may only be used at the beginning or the end of the headline, but not in the middle.
      • Aside from headlines, we permit a maximum of three ellipses: one at the start of the review, one in the middle (except for headlines, see the bullet below), and one at the end.
  • Not compare the product promoted to a competing product by name.
  • Not contain references to medical conditions, profanities, emojis or other special characters.

Customer review quotes are supported in Dynamic eCommerce ads (see specs and guidelines here).

2.4.2 Star Ratings

Ads can only include Amazon star ratings. Third-party star ratings are prohibited.

To include a star rating in an ad, the product must have i) at least 15 customer reviews, and ii) a minimum average star rating of 3.5. For Automotive campaigns only, we can allow a star rating based on i) at least 8 customer reviews and ii) a minimum star rating of 4.

For mobile and desktop ads, star ratings may only be used within eCommerce creative to ensure that the information is up to date.

For Fire devices and video ads, static star ratings are permitted but must be date-stamped. Your campaign cannot run for more than three months with the same star rating to avoid stale data.

2.5 Disclosures

Disclosures must be accurate, legible (both in size and contrast with the background of the ad), and understandable to the average customer.

Except for Homepages, manual scrolling bars (but not automatic scrolling bars) are permitted on desktop placements (not mobile).

Disclosures must meet the specifications listed below (see “Minimum Font Sizes”), and in our ad specs.

2.6 Editorial Guidelines

Ads must be clean, grammatically correct, and professional just like the rest of the content on Amazon properties. The following are prohibited on all ads.

Misspellings and grammatical errors such as a wrong verb tense. Slang or wordplay (such as “Cuz” as opposed to “Because”) may be permitted if otherwise compliant with these policies.

Random capitalization (such as “QUALITY HeadPhones”), except for common abbreviations or trademarks is prohibited.

Improper punctuation, such as repeated questions or exclamation marks (“!!!”).

Special characters such as @@, ###, emojis, except when part of the advertiser’s logo or included on the product image. Hashtags (#) are permitted if they do not contain inappropriate content (for example, #[profanity]).

Ad copy that uses personalized language (such as “you/your”) which may be perceived by a customer as if you are addressing him/her directly and that may cause customer discomfort. For example, ad copy reading “Use our product to solve for your incontinence problems” or “You are overweight. Use our dietary supplement.”

Ad copy that acknowledges or implies the targeting criteria used for the campaign. For example, an ad copy reading “Did you enjoy your recent purchase of [product]? Try our newest model.”

Inconsistency between ad copy and landing page. You must present the same offer or product both in your ad copy and on your landing page. For example, we would prohibit ad copy reading “Save on household supplies” with an image of a dish soap leading to a landing page that features vacuum cleaners.

Ads must not promote the sale of products that are out-of-stock, back-ordered or under recall, or services that are unavailable for purchase at the time that the campaign runs. Ads must be paused when the product or service promoted becomes unavailable. Ads for products that are only available for pre-order are permitted if this is clear in the ad, for example, by using a “pre-order” call to action (CTA).

Landing pages consisting solely of a sign up/registration form. Your landing page should expand on your ad's message and provide a satisfactory experience before the customer is forced to enter his/her info to find out more. For example, we prohibit landing pages that consists solely of a form to collect contact information.

Interactive ad elements that are not appropriately placed. Inappropriately placed interactive elements like call to action (CTA) buttons, sliders, or video playback buttons can cause customer discomfort. For example, we prohibit placing a CTA button over a model's breasts or a slider over a gruesome image.

2.7 Free Offers

When free products or services promoted are dependent on a purchase (for example, a free case with the purchase of a mobile phone), you must indicate that terms and conditions apply in your ad copy. The terms and conditions, or a link to terms and conditions, must be clearly presented in the ad close to the offer.

The landing page must prominently present the free offer advertised.

In Sweden and Israel, ads including a “free” offer must include the value of the “free” item.

2.8 Language

Ads must be in the primary language of the site on which they appear.

Ads in a foreign language may be permitted if targeted to customers that are physically located in another country or based on the customer’s language setting preferences, with the exceptions listed below.

Fire TV

Ads must be in the primary language of the country in which the content is streaming. For example, in the US all Fire TV ads must be in English.

Ads with more than one language

You must comply with local language requirements in all of the locales where your ads will show, including the following:

  • France: All ad copy must be in French unless a translation accompanies it in the ad.
  • Canada: Ads on Amazon boxes and Prime Now bags must be in both English and French.
  • Japan: CTAs can use English words, if the English words are understandable for general customers. For example, “Shop Now” or “Watch video.”

The following must always be in the ad’s primary language: call to action (CTA), disclosures, pricing information, product description, promotional messages.

2.9 Font sizes and maximum word count

Ads display on many different screen types and sizes. Minimum font sizes and word count requirements ensure that text in ads is readable on screens of varying type, size, and resolution. Please review the ad specs for more details.

Ads must be legible. The text must be big enough to be readable to the average customer. Ads cannot use the same or similar color for text and background because the text will not be legible (for example, white text on light gray background).

We require the following font sizes for standard desktop and mobile ad units.

Latin alphabet

DesktopMobileTablet
Ad copyBetween Arial 12pts and 25pts or equivalentMinimum 16pt Arial or equivalent (@2x resolution)Between 32-50pt Arial or equivalent (@2x resolution)

Japanese

DesktopMobile
Ad copyBetween 9.5 and 45pt UD Shin Go or equivalent640×100: Minimum 16pt UD Shin Go or equivalent (@2x resolution)

600×500: Between 16 and 90 pt UD Shin Go or equivalent (@2x resolution)

1242×375: Minimum 40pt UD Shin Go or equivalent (@3x resolution)

The following placements or formats have specific font size or word count requirements:

2.10 Pressuring Language

Amazon prohibits pressuring language to avoid creating a sense of urgency which may be disruptive to the customer’s shopping experience.

Ads must engage customers without appearing to shout at or pressure them.

Ads must not contain:

  • Pressuring language that creates a sense of urgency (for example “Hurry while supplies last”)
  • Repeated exclamation or question marks (for example, “!!!”)
  • Any end punctuation in calls to action (for example, “Shop now!”, or “Find out more?”)
  • Any combination of two or more of the following elements: copy in ALL CAPS, punctuation marks, large font sizes (for example, “UNMISSABLE SUMMER DEALS!”).

3.0 Amazon Brand Elements

Ads must not mimic Amazon content. Any uses of Amazon trademarks, or other references to Amazon or its products must comply with the Brand Usage Guidelines.

We prohibit the use of “Amazon’s Choice,” “Amazon Best Seller,” and Amazon ranking in static ads because these elements refresh frequently and may not remain accurate for the duration of the campaign.

4.0 Animation and Video

Ads must comply with ad specs requirements for animated ads and video ads.

Animated ads

  • Maximum animation length for on-site placements: 15 seconds (30 seconds in France).
    • For Amazon DSP ads not on Amazon, the maximum is 30 seconds.
  • Initial animation can loop a maximum of 3 times within the animation length specified above (15 or 30 seconds).
  • Please see the Amazon DSP mobile app banner ads specs and e-commerce creative for supported animated ads on those placements.
  • Brazil: animation is prohibited in ads for products designed for children (for example, a school bag, game or toy).

Video ads

Autoplay
  • Video stream length:
    • Standard IAB Ad unit: up to 15 seconds.
    • Video ads (on Amazon): up to 3 minutes (we recommend 30 seconds or less).
    • Video ads on Fire tablet: up to 15 seconds.
    • Amazon DSP video: at least 5 seconds.
  • Audio must be customer-initiated on click or tap (meaning that autoplay ads must begin muted).
    • The use of rollovers to initiate audio is prohibited.
    • When audio is switched on by the customer, a mute button is required.
    • Video ads (on Amazon) without sound are permitted but only if the video can be understood without sound.
  • Alcohol ads must comply with any necessary locale specific requirements, as set out in 7.1.

Customer-initiated video ads

  • Maximum video stream length and audio served in conjunction with a video stream: 3 minutes.
Placements or formats specs requirements

5.0 Prohibited Content

Content prohibited for all ads
  • Children in adult or dangerous situations. For example, ads must not show children close to, or handling, firearms or other weapons, or in situations which may contravene established child safety best practices (such as children in vehicles without their seatbelts fastened or cycling without helmets), or without adult supervision in places or situations where they cannot safely look after themselves (such as swimming pools, crossing busy roads or around dangerous equipment).
  • Deceptive, false, or misleading.
  • Directly targeted at or that appeal to children due to the messaging, imagery, or targeting.
  • Emotionally draining or exploitative, including content that portrays abused humans or animals.
  • Content that promotes practices that can result in the physical or mental harm of customers.
  • That encourages, glamorizes or depicts excessive consumption of drugs or alcohol.
  • Excessive violence or gore. For example, exposed guts or dismemberment.
  • Exploitation of sensitive events such as natural disasters, human-caused disasters, incidents of mass trauma and/or casualties, or the death of public figures.
  • Full nudity, which Amazon defines as fully visible intimate parts: genitals, breast, and buttock.
  • Obscene, controversial, defamatory, libelous, illegal, or invasive of another's privacy.
  • Political such as campaigns for or against a politician or a political party, or related to an election, or content related to political issues of public debate.
  • Content that revolves around controversial or highly debated social topics.
  • Pop-up and pop-unders.
  • Pornography or explicit sexual content.
  • Foul, vulgar, or obscene language or language containing profanity, including obscured profanity (such as s@#t or WTF), graphic or suggestive language or double entendres, or scatological references.
  • Religious advocacy, either advocating or demeaning any religion.
  • Threatening, abusive, or harassing, or content that advocates or discriminates against a protected group (whether based on race, color, national origin, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age or any similar or another category).
  • Content that violates our Editorial Guidelines.
  • AT: Comparative advertising relating to environmental effects of a product or service.
  • NZ: Cultural appropriation or inappropriate use of Māori imagery, words and other taonga. For example, the use of Māori deities in ads is not permitted.

6.0 Prohibited Products and Services

Products and services that cannot be promoted
  • Aerosol paint.
  • Airsoft/BB guns, paintball guns.
  • Alcohol recovery or hangover cures or treatments.
  • Anti-radiation products (including electromagnetic field protection and radiation neutralizing or shielding products).
  • Coupon sites.
  • Cryptocurrencies.
  • Escort services, adult dating, sex toys and merchandise.
  • Etching creams.
  • Fat burners and fat blockers.
  • Fertility clinics and research.
  • Free non-Kindle ebooks (except on Seller Central).
  • Get-rich-quick and pyramid schemes.
  • Handgun safety certificates.
  • Illicit and recreational drugs, drug paraphernalia, drug testing equipment, or products to beat drug tests.
  • Illegal or sensitive pharmaceutical products and services.
  • Oils, supplements, or ingestibles that are derived from or contain hemp, cannabidiol (CBD), THC, or otherwise related to cannabis.
  • Medical procedures and research.
  • Tobacco or tobacco-related products, including e-cigarettes.
  • Knives (except for kitchen knives, cutlery, and general multi-purpose camping knives).
    • NL: Knives and other bladed objects are prohibited except for kitchen knives, cutlery or silverware.
  • Lethal and non-lethal weapon sales, including guns, gun parts, kits, mace, black powder, and ammunition.
  • Loyalty/affinity/rewards and related content.
  • Malware, scareware, or spyware.
  • Military recruitment.
  • Online pharmacies.
  • Pre-natal gender selection and determination test products and services.
  • Premium pay-per-call services, such as 900 numbers in the US.
  • Products, services, technology, or website content that i) infringes, encourages or enables the infringement of the intellectual property or personal rights of others, or ii) promotes any illegal or dangerous activity, including false document services, counterfeit designer goods, cable descramblers, fireworks, or websites that promote hacking or evading law enforcement.
  • Psychics and related content.
  • Products that are ineligible for sale or do not comply with Amazon’s Category, Product, and Listing Restrictions.
  • Religious or spiritual services.
    • CH, DE, DK, FI, FR, NL, NO, and SE: Content that promotes Scientology or Dianetics (e.g. books published by L Ron Hubbard).
  • Short-term high-interest loans with a repayment period under 12 months and an APR of more than 50% (or 25% in Denmark).
  • Tattooing and body branding.
  • Ticket resellers (Australia and New Zealand only).
  • UV tanning services and equipment.
  • Weapons.

7.0 Restricted Content, Products and Services

Amazon permits advertising for all the categories in this section with the specific limitations outlined below. In creating these policies, Amazon considered industry best practices, local laws and regulations, product features, and business objectives that are specific to Amazon. As the advertiser, you are responsible for complying with applicable laws, regulations, and best practices.

7.1 Alcohol

The policies in this section apply to ads for the sale of alcoholic beverages (beer, wine, and spirits) and branding campaigns for alcohol companies (these are campaigns by alcohol companies that do not promote the sale of alcoholic beverages, such as merchandise or sponsorships).

Alcohol ads can only run in the following locales: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Germany, France, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, and the UK. Please see the sections below for requirements that apply to alcohol ads in permitted locales.

Alcohol ads are prohibited in India, Switzerland, the US, and the UAE.

Please note that this policy does not cover alcohol content featured in non-alcohol ads (for example, a movie trailer starring actors consuming alcohol). Per the Prohibited Content policy, ad content must not encourage, glamorize or depict excessive consumption of alcohol.

General requirements

In those locales where alcohol ads are permitted, the following general rules apply in addition to the locale-specific requirements listed below. For placement and targeting requirements, please engage your customer support.

Amazon prohibits campaigns from third-party alcohol retailers.

Ads must promote the responsible consumption of alcoholic beverages. Ads must not:

  • Be directed toward or contain content designed to appeal to minors.
  • Associate drinking with motor vehicles or driving.
  • Disparage abstinence from alcoholic beverages.
  • Irresponsibly incentivize people to drink.
  • Promote excessive consumption.
  • Suggest therapeutic or other benefits to drinking (for example, that alcohol improves performance, contributes to personal success, or solves problems).
  • Focus on the alcoholic strength of the beverage.
  • Be targeted to Amazon Family or Prime Students.
  • (AU/NZ) contain models that look under the age of 25
Locale-specific requirements

Alcohol ads are only permitted in the locales listed below, subject to the corresponding policy requirements.

Ads for the sale of alcohol in Australia, Canada, Mexico, and Europe must link-in to Amazon.

Australia
  • Day-parting: Alcohol ads can be displayed between 8PM to 5AM and 12PM to 3PM.
  • Alcohol ads must contain a responsible drinking message.
Austria
  • Day-parting: Alcohol ads should be displayed only between 12pm (midday) and 6am only.
Belgium
  • Ads for beer must include the following warnings: in Dutch “Bier drink je met verstand” or in French: “Une bière se déguse aves sagesse”.
  • Ads for all other alcoholic beverages must include the following warnings in Dutch: “Ons vakmanschap drink je met verstand” or in French: “Notre savoir faire se déguse avec sagesse.”
  • Day-parting: Alcohol ads can be displayed between 12pm (midday) and 6am only.
Brazil
  • Day-parting: Alcohol ads should be displayed only between 9pm (evening) and 6am only.
  • Models in alcohol ads cannot be, nor have the appearance of being, under the age of 25.
  • Alcohol ads must not link alcohol with any sporting activity.
  • Alcohol ads must include one of the following warnings in upper case:
    • BEBA COM MODERAÇÃO (“Drink with moderation”)
    • A VENDA E O CONSUMO DE BEBIDA ALCOÓLICA SÃO PROIBIDOS PARA MENORES (“Sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages are prohibited for minors”)
    • ESTE PRODUTO É DESTINADO A ADULTOS (“This product is intended for adults”)
    • EVITE O CONSUMO EXCESSIVO DE ÁLCOOL (“Avoid excessive alcohol consumption”)
    • NÃO EXAGERE NO CONSUMO (“Do not exagerate in consumption”)
    • QUEM BEBE MENOS, SE DIVERTE MAIS (“Who drink less, have more fun”)
    • SE FOR DIRIGIR NÃO BEBA (“If driving, do not drink”)
    • SERVIR BEBIDA ALCOÓLICA A MENOR DE 18 É CRIME (“Serving alcoholic beverages to minors under the age of 18 is a crime”)
  • Ads for beer must either include one of the above or below warnings:
    • CERVEJA É BEBIDA ALCOÓLICA. VENDA E CONSUMO PROIBIDOS PARA MENORES (“Beer is alcoholic drink. Sale and consumption prohibited for minors”)
    • SERVIR CERVEJA A MENOR DE 18 É CRIME (“Serving beer to minors under the age of 18 is a crime”)
  • Video ads for alcohol must include one of the above disclaimers delivered verbally and in the copy at the end of each ad.
  • Ads for non-alcoholic beer are exempt from carrying a warning provided they do not refer to the brand, slogan or promotional phrase of the alcoholic beverage.
Canada
  • Day-parting: Alcohol ads can be displayed between 8PM to 5AM and 12PM to 3PM. Day-parting is not required for ads that promote branded products other than alcoholic beverages (e.g., Bud baseball cap) providing they run off gateways and link-in.
  • Frequency cap: We require frequency capping at 3 times per 24 hours (3x24).
  • Alcohol ads are prohibited on Amazon Fresh.
Denmark
  • All ads must comply with the Danish Regulation on Marketing of Alcoholic Beverages issued by the “Alkoholreklamenævn” if the beverage contains more than VOL 0.5% alcohol.
  • Sports: ads cannot be associated with sports.
  • Models in ads cannot be, nor have the appearance of being, under the age of 25.
  • Alcohol ads cannot feature alcohol being consumed in an educational institution. For example, a university campus or evening college.
  • Day-parting: Alcohol ads can be displayed between 12pm (midday) and 6am only.
Finland
  • Ads for alcohol beverages exceeding 22% alcohol by volume are prohibited.
  • Day-parting: Alcohol ads can be displayed between 12pm (midday) and 6am only.
  • Ads for alcoholic beverages must not:
    • Present the alcohol content of the beverage as being a positive feature
    • Associate alcohol with the participation of a game, raffle, or competition (for example, as a prize)
France
  • Day-parting: Ads can only run between 12 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Disclaimer: Ads must include one of the following statements: “l’abus d’alcool est dangereux pour la santé” or “à consommer avec moderation.”
  • Ads can only contain the following information about the alcoholic beverage: alcohol by volume percentage, origin, denomination, composition, name and address of the manufacturer, agents and depositaries, method of elaboration, methods of sale, mode of consumption of the product, references to the region of production, references to awards obtained by the beverage, references to the appellation of origin or geographical indication. The packaging for the beverage can be reproduced only if it complies with the preceding ad content rules.
  • Ads for non-alcoholic products must not feature, promote, or refer to alcohol brands, or the consumption of alcohol. Images of generic alcoholic beverages may be permitted so long as they are not the main focus of the ad.
  • Day-parting: Alcohol ads can be displayed between 12pm (midday) and 6am only.
Germany
  • Day-parting: Ads can only run between 12 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Ads on Fire TV can run between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m.
  • Ads on Fire Tablet wake screen and Fire TV must be pre-approved by Amazon.
Ireland
  • Day-parting: Alcohol ads should be displayed only between 12pm (midday) and 6am only.
  • Advertisements for alcohol must include:
    • A warning that is intended to inform the public of the danger of alcohol consumption;
    • A warning that is intended to inform the public of the danger of alcohol consumption when pregnant;
    • A warning that is intended to inform the public of the direct link between alcohol and fatal cancers; and
    • Details of Health Services Executive (HSE) website providing public health information in relation to alcohol consumption
  • An advertisement for an alcohol product cannot contain anything other than the warnings set out above (together with the HSE website) and all or any of the following details:
    • An image of, or reference to, one or more alcohol products (whether of the same or different kinds) either in a container or containers (which may be opened or unopened) or in a glass or glasses;
    • Details of whether the product concerned is intended to be diluted with a nonalcoholic beverage and where it is intended to so be diluted, an image of or reference to the non-alcoholic beverage;
    • An image of, or reference to, the country and region of origin of the product concerned;
    • An image of, or reference to, the method of production of the product concerned;
    • An image of, or reference to, the premises where the alcohol product concerned was manufactured;
    • The price of the product concerned;
    • A brand name or variant thereof, trade mark and brand emblem of the product concerned;
    • A corporate name and corporate emblem of the product concerned;
    • An objective description of the flavor, color and smell of the product concerned;
    • The name and address of the manufacturer (or his or her agent) of the product concerned;
    • The alcoholic strength by volume of the product concerned;
    • The quantity in grams of alcohol contained in the product concerned; and
    • The energy value expressed in kilojoules and kilocalories of the product concerned.
  • ASAI Code
    • Marketing communications for alcohol should include a responsibility message to drink alcohol responsibly;
    • Marketing communications may refer to the social dimension or refreshing attributes of a drink, but:
      • Should not state, depict or imply that the presence or consumption of alcohol can improve physical performance or personal qualities or capabilities;
      • Should not state, depict, or imply that the presence or consumption of alcohol can contribute to social, sporting or business success or distinction or that those who do not drink are less likely to be acceptable or successful than those who do;
      • Should not state, depict, or suggest, by word or allusion that the presence or consumption of alcohol can contribute towards sexual success or make the drinker more attractive. Advertisers should take account of public sensitivities regarding coarseness and sexual innuendo in marketing communications for alcohol;
      • Should not portray drinking alcohol as a challenge and should not state, depict or suggest that those who drink are brave, daring or tough;
      • Should not link in any way the presence or consumption of alcohol to aggressive, unruly, irresponsible, or anti-social behavior.
    • Marketing communications for alcohol should not portray drinking games or sessions, or show or imply pub or club crawls;
    • Terms and conditions for promotions involving alcohol should make it clear:
      • That entry is restricted to those 18 years of age and older; and
      • That prizes and/or gifts will only be awarded to those 18 years of age or older.
    • Marketing communications or promotions should not combine alcohol with a gift that has particular appeal to under-18s.
  • It is permitted to promote the sale of alcohol-free alternatives, with restrictions. Non-Alcohol Product Variants
    • It should be made very clear at the start and throughout a marketing communication that a non-alcohol product variant (i.e. less than 1.2% alcohol by volume) is non-alcoholic – there should be no scope for confusion over the product’s content from the beginning so that consumers are able to easily identify that the product being advertised is a non-alcoholic product.
    • Anyone depicted in a marketing communication shown drinking or playing a significant role should be aged over 25 and should appear to be over 25
Japan
  • Disclaimer: Ads must include a warning statement that follows industry regulations and guidelines for alcohol consumption, for example: “Stop drinking if you are underage or you are driving. Enjoy a moderate amount of alcohol. Please don’t drink if you are pregnant or in a lactation period. Recycle can after drink.”
  • Advertising hard liquor on the homepage is restricted to beer, cocktails, shochu, sake, plum wine, wine, brandy, and whiskey only. Ads must not show:
    • A person drinking brandy/whiskey in a gulping manner.
    • Large bottles or other drinking containers.
Israel
  • Day-parting: Alcohol ads can be displayed between 12pm (midday) and 6am only.
  • Ads for alcoholic beverages with 15.5% alcohol or more must include the following warning: "אזהרה: צריכה מופרזת של אלכוהול מסכנת חיים ומזיקה לבריאות!"
    • (“Warning: Excessive consumption of alcohol is life-threatening and harmful to [your] health!”)
  • Ads for alcoholic beverages with less than 15.5% alcohol must include the following warning: "אזהרה: מכיל אלהוכול"
    • (“Warning: Contains alcohol – it is recommended to avoid excessive drinking”)
  • Ads for alcoholic beverages must only include factual information relating to the product. For example, the name and trademark of the beverage, the packaging of the beverage and where it is sold, the existence of a kosher certificate, the percentage of alcohol in the beverage, the price, the year of manufacture, etc.
Italy
  • Day-parting: Ads can only run between 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. and 12 p.m to 4. p.m.
  • Disclaimer: Ads must include “Bevi responsabilmente.”
Luxembourg
  • Day-parting: Alcohol ads can be displayed between 12pm (midday) and 6am only.
Mexico
  • Day-parting: Alcohol ads can be displayed between 12 p.m. and 6 a.m. only.
  • Disclaimer: Ads must include any of the following disclosures: “Evite el Exceso,” “Conocer es no excederse,” or “Todo con medida.”
Netherlands
  • Alcohol ads must comply with the Dutch Advertising Code for Alcoholic Beverages (Reclamecode voor alcoholhoudende dranken).
  • The warning “no 18, no alcohol” must be included in all ads for alcoholic beverages, except for banner ads equal to or smaller than 120 pixels wide and 60 pixels high.
  • Day-parting: Alcohol ads can be displayed between 12pm (midday) and 6am only.
New Zealand
  • Alcoholic beverages are defined as any drink with an alcohol strength above 1.15% ABV.
  • Day-parting: Alcohol ads can be displayed between 12pm (midday) and 6am only.
  • Models in alcohol ads cannot be, nor have the appearance of being, under the age of 25. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding must not appear in alcohol ads.
  • Ads for alcoholic beverages cannot promote or advertise discounts on alcohol in a way that could lead people to believe that the price is 25% or more below the price at which the alcohol product is ordinarily sold.
Norway
  • Ads for alcohol are prohibited.
  • Ads for non-alcoholic beverages that share the same brand or trademark as an alcoholic beverage are also prohibited.
Spain
  • Day-parting: Ads can only run between 12 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Disclaimer: Ads must include “Disfruta de un consumo responsable.”
Sweden
  • Ads for alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
  • Ads for alcohol-free beverages are prohibited. For example, alcohol free beer.
  • Ads for alcohol branded merchandise are permitted, subject to day-parting requirements. For example, a Guinness branded beer dispenser.
    • Day-parting: Alcohol branded merchandise ads can be displayed between 12 p.m. and 6 a.m. only.
Switzerland
  • Ads for alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
  • Ads for non-alcoholic beverages are permitted provided it is clear from the product packaging or ad copy that they do not contain any alcohol. For example, 0.0% alcohol beer.
  • Day-parting: ads for non-alcoholic beverages (see above) can be displayed between 12pm (midday) and 6am only.
UK
  • Day-parting: Ads can only run between 12 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Ads on Fire TV can run between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m.
  • Ads on Fire Tablet wake screen and Fire TV must be pre-approved by Amazon.
  • Ads must include the following statement: “bedrinkaware.co.uk.”
Sports (Europe)

Germany, Spain, Italy, UK
Alcohol ads featuring references to sports, such as showing professional footballers or people watching a professional sports game, must be pre-approved by Amazon, and must not:

  • Show people drinking alcoholic products whilst playing sports.
  • Imply that alcohol makes one better at sports.
  • Be presented as essential to enjoying sports.

France
Ads cannot be associated with sports. Advertising cannot be placed on a website that is published by sport associations, sport companies, and federations or professional leagues.

7.2 Charities and Other Non-Profits, and PSA

To ensure that the customer experience remains positive, ads must focus on the positive outcome of donating. For example, an ad for a pet charity featuring images of animals in distress would be prohibited, while an ad for a pet charity reading “Your support can help animals,” without images of animals in distress, would be permitted.

Ads for charities are prohibited on Homepage and Fire devices.

Public Service Announcements (“PSA”)

PSA ads on Amazon are prohibited.

7.3 Contests, Competitions, and Prize Draws

Ads for contests, competitions, or prize draws must include all disclosures required by applicable laws and regulations. They must be present on the landing page. The program’s official rules, or a clear link to official rules, must be present on the landing page.

Ads must not misrepresent the odds of winning. For example, ads must not indicate or imply that everyone wins.

Locale-specific requirements
Brazil

Ads for contests, competitions and prize draws are prohibited.

Findland
  • Prizes cannot include credit or health products. For example, a chance to win laser eye surgery is not permitted.
  • Ads for contests, competitions and prize draws must not be targeted to minors under 15 years.

7.4 Entertainment

The policies in this section apply to ads promoting movies, TV shows, and video games. In developing these policies, Amazon considered ad content, ad placement, the landing page content, and the title's rating, to ensure that your campaigns are suitable for the targeted audience.

Ads must not depict excessive violence or gore, such as dismemberments, open wounds, or excessive bleeding. Except for Homepage placements, ads on Amazon may feature minor traces of blood in context with the title promoted, but without additional elements of violence or gore. For content that depicts weapons, please see the Weapons section below.

Amazon prohibits content that advocates or demeans a religion. Ads may contain references to a specific religion or faith in a historical or fictional context if the primary purpose is to entertain.

Trailer ratings

If the trailer has not been rated separately from the title, the restrictions listed below will be based on the rating of the title. If the trailer has been rated separately to the title, the restrictions below apply based on the rating of the trailer, but the ad must include the age rating of the title if the title is rated age 12 and up.

If the rating is G, PG, TV-Y, TV-Y7, TV-G, TV-PG, EC, E, E10, or local equivalents, the ads can run in-banner autoplay.

If the rating is PG-13, TV-14, T, or local equivalents, the ads can run on autoplay with the identification of the rating.

If the rating is R, TV-MA, M, or local equivalents, the ad can only run on landing pages as customer-initiated videos.

Ads for NC17 movies and AO video games, or local equivalents, are prohibited on
Amazon even if the ad features a green-band trailer.

Ratings bugs are not required for ads running off Amazon.

On FireTV, ratings bugs must be placed on the static portions of an ad when they are required.

In Canada, when the rating varies between provinces with the same ratings system, ads should use the highest rating; ads should contain both the Quebec rating and the rating for other provinces.

Additional restrictions may apply. Please contact your account support for more information.

7.5 Financial Products and Services

Amazon prohibits ads for the following products and services:

  • Cryptocurrencies, cryptocurrency exchanges, initial coin offerings (ICO) and binary options.
  • Get-rich-quick and pyramid schemes.
  • Short-term high-interest loans (including, but not limited to, “payday” loans), with a repayment period under 12 months and an APR of more than 50%.

Locale-specific requirements
Austria
  • Ads for shares in investment funds and real estate funds must concurrently refer to the published prospectus and the customer information document. It must be indicated how and in which language the prospectus and the information documents are made available and accessible. Regarding real estate funds, the ad must give a reference to: the published prospectus, any changes thereto, and the publishing body, date of issuance, date of notification, and how the prospectus is published as well where it can be collected.
  • Advertising must be fair and distinct, identifiable as such, not misleading and not in contradiction to the prospectus and the customer information document. References to former performances must contain a notice that a former performance in the past does not reliably imply a future development of the fund.
Brazil

Ads for offshore financial products and services are prohibited.

Denmark

Ads for any financial product offered with an APR of 25% or more are prohibited.

Israel

Ads for financial products and services must carry the following warning: "Failure to repay the loan or credit may result in a charge of arrears interest and enforcement proceedings."

New Zealand

Ads for ‘pay day’ loans are prohibited.

Switzerland

Ads offering consumer credit must include: the company name; the effective annual yearly interest rate and effective amount repayable.

7.5.1 Credit services

Ads for credit services cannot encourage customers to take out credit to shop online.

Locale-specific requirements
Europe

Ads cannot recommend one credit service over another.

Only if an ad includes the credit rate, repayment terms or other information on the cost of credit, the ad must include the representative annual percentage rate (APR) in the local language.

Austria

If an ad refers to interest rates and cost then it also has to contain a clear, concise and visible example containing all legal mandatory standard information:

  • The fixed or the variable borrowing rate, all cost that are incurred
  • The entire credit amount
  • Effective annual interest rate (inclusive of all costs)
  • The duration of the credit
  • The total amount to be paid by the consumer

7.6 Gambling Products and Services

The policies in this section apply to i) ads for online gambling (which we define as any online product or service where money or other items of value are wagered in exchange for the opportunity to win prizes with real-world value based on the outcome of the game), and ii) offline gambling (such as brick and mortar casinos).

Note that ads for brick and mortar establishments that do not promote gambling are not subject to this policy (except in Brazil where this is also prohibited). For example, a travel ad for a stay at a local casino-resort that does not mention gambling.

Gambling ads can only run in the following locales: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, the UK, and Japan. Please see section below for policy requirements that apply to gambling ads in permitted locales.

Gambling ads are prohibited in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Finland, India, Israel, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland, and the US.

Self-serve advertisers are ineligible for gambling advertising globally, except Japan.

General requirements

In those locales where online gambling ads are permitted, the following general requirements apply in addition to the placement and locale requirements listed below.

All online gambling advertisers and all of their ads must be pre-approved by Amazon.

You must comply with all applicable licensing requirements in each of the locale(s) where your ads will show. For example, you must have a license in good standing issued by the UK Gambling Commission for the entire duration of your campaign to promote gambling products and services in the UK.

If the ad includes special offers or promotions, the ad copy must include Terms & Conditions “T&Cs apply” (or similar). The relevant Ts&Cs must be available on the landing page, or be directly linked to from the landing page (one click away). The ad copy must communicate when the offer is limited to new customers only.

Gambling ads must not:

  • Misrepresent the odds of winning or the risks of gambling. For example, ads must not claim that gambling is “risk-free” unless the customer’s losing stake is refunded in full (as cash and not as free bet tokens or credit).
  • Target at or be likely to appeal to underage individuals (models in gambling ads must be, and appear to be, age 25 and older).
  • Depict or refer to alcohol or the consumption of alcohol.
  • Depict or refer to behavior associated with problem gambling.
  • Encourage what could be considered excessive or pathological gambling.
  • Deny that gambling can trigger potential risks or lead to addiction.
  • Encourage individuals to play beyond their means or refer to consumer credit services.
  • Link gambling to social, financial, or sexual success.
  • Represent gambling as a means of solving financial problems or as an alternative to employment.
  • Claim or imply that a player’s experience, competence or skill reduces or removes the uncertainty of winning or allows a continuous winning.
  • Imply that a game that is easy to play is also easy to win.
Placement and targeting requirements

Gambling ads on Amazon are prohibited.

Ads off Amazon must exclude websites aimed at children and young adults.

You must only target those locales where the gambling product or service promoted is duly licensed. For example, a gambling service licensed in the UK cannot be promoted in France, unless it is also licensed in France.

Locale-specific requirements

Amazon permits gambling ads only in the locales listed below, subject to local licensing requirements and subject to the corresponding policy requirements.

Austria
  • Promotion of brick and mortar casinos is permitted
  • Promotion of online gambling is permitted
  • Promotion is limited to gambling providers located in Austria or within the European Economic Area, if they hold all required licenses and comply with protective rules in gambling
Belgium
  • Ads for online gambling are permitted provided the advertiser holds a license from the Gambling Commission.
  • Ads must not refer to sign-up bonuses, free gifts or in-game gifts
  • Ads must include the following age related warning: “Gok met mate!” (in Dutch) or “Jouez avec modération!" (in French)
  • Ads must not refer to or feature sportsmen or women.
Denmark
  • Ads for online games of chance and bricks and mortar casinos are permitted provided the advertiser holds a license under the Danish Gambling Act.
  • Ads for specific online games/ games played at bricks and mortar casinos must include:
    • The age limit of the game/to enter the casino;
    • The Danish Gambling Authority’s (“DGA”) helpline; and
    • The disclaimer “terms and conditions apply.”
France

Ads must feature a warning message against excessive or pathological gambling and an active link to the French Institute of Health Prevention and Education (http://www.joueurs-info-service.fr/).

Germany

Ads (not including branding campaigns) must inform customers about risks of addiction, prohibition of the participation of minors, and the possibility of advice and therapy. These requirements do not apply to branding campaigns.

If the ad contains information on maximum winnings, the respective probability of winning and losing must be indicated within the ad. For example, "Gewinnchance 1:[XXX]. Spielteilnahme ab 18 Jahren. Glücksspiel kann süchtig machen. Nähere Informationen und Hilfe unter [XXX].”

Ireland
  • Promotion of online gambling is permitted with restrictions (below).
  • Promotion of brick and mortar casinos is permitted with restrictions (below).
  • Marketing communications for gambling should not:
    • Suggest that gambling can provide an escape from personal, professional or educational problems such as loneliness or depression;
    • Portray gambling as indispensable or as taking priority in life; for example, over family, friends or professional or educational commitments;
    • Suggest gambling is a rite of passage; or
    • Suggest that solitary gambling is preferable to social gambling.
Luxembourg
  • Ads for online gambling are prohibited
  • Ads for offline games of chance are permitted provided the advertiser holds a gambling license from the Ministry of Justice.
Netherlands
  • Ads for online gambling are prohibited
  • Ads for offline games of chance are permitted provided the advertiser holds a gambling license from the Netherlands Gambling Authority (Kansspelautoriteit). Therefore, ads for brick and mortar casinos operated by Holland Casino, the Dutch state lottery and licensed charity lotteries are permitted.
Norway
  • Only ads for the following state-owned gambling companies are permitted:
    • Norsk Tipping
    • Norsk Rikstoto
  • Ads for bricks and mortar casinos are prohibited.
UK

Ads must include a link to www.gambleaware.co.uk

Landing pages must link to either the operator's responsible gambling website or a generic source of information (such as www.gambleaware.co.uk), and to license status page in the UK Gambling Commission website.

Japan

Only the following government-controlled gambling is allowed.

  • Lottery (Takara-kuji)
  • Sport Lottery (Toto)
  • Horseracing (Keiba)
  • Bike Race (Keirin)
  • Boat Race (Kyotei)
  • Motorcycle Race

Host organizations can run ads only for their race announcement. Ads for online betting is prohibited. Ads must include a clearly legible message, “The age of 20 and older are qualified for wagering.” Self-serve advertisers are permitted with the appropriate administration by Amazon.

Sweden
  • Ads for online gambling are permitted provided the advertiser holds a gambling license from the Swedish Gambling Authority.
  • Marketing of gambling must comply with the Swedish Gambling Act (2018:1138), the Swedish Gambling Ordinance (2018:1475) and the Swedish Marketing Act which requires that marketing must be "moderate" and only focus on providing the customer with relevant, objective information.
  • Ads must contain:
    • The minimum age to gamble (18)
    • Contact details for the responsible gambling organization, “Spelpaus”

7.7 Intellectual Property and Personal Rights

Amazon prohibits ads that infringe on the intellectual property, privacy, publicity, or other legal rights of any person or entity.

You must obtain all necessary rights and permissions for your ads.

Ads must not feature the names, likenesses, voices (including look-alikes and sound-alikes), or other identifying features of an individual without the individual’s consent.

Rightsholders and their agents can report alleged copyright, trademark, or right of publicity infringement by filling out this form. If we receive a complaint regarding intellectual property related to an ad served by us, we will encourage the alleged rightsholder and advertiser to communicate directly. Amazon will not act as a mediator of disputes between them. We may or may not process a takedown request based on its independent assessment of each complaint.

7.8 Job Sites

Ads for job sites must not state or imply that our customers need a better career, quit their job, have been laid off, or are under/overqualified for what they currently do. Ads may not run on Amazon.

7.9 Nudity and Sexuality

Ads must not feature overtly sexual imagery and images of fully naked intimate body parts. Amazon considers placement, local cultural sensitives, and the product or service advertised in determining whether an ad featuring partial nudity or mildly provocative images may be appropriate or not.

7.9.1 Nudity

Ads must not show fully visible intimate body parts: genitals, female breasts, and buttocks.

Ads may feature partial nudity (models showing bare skin without revealing any intimate parts) if relevant to the product or service promoted. For example, an image of a woman in a bikini may be used to promote bikinis, but the same image cannot be used to promote a car because a woman in a bikini is not relevant to a vehicle.

7.9.2 Sexuality

Ads must not feature sexually provocative images and references, including, but not limited to:

  • People in poses emulating a sexual position or alluding to sexual activity whether clothed or unclothed.
  • Sexually suggestive poses such as the parting of the legs or accentuation of the hip along with amorous or sexually passionate facial expressions.
  • Poses such as hands on the hips, gripping of hair in conjunction with a sexually suggestive facial expression.
  • Drawing undue attention to body parts, such as breasts or buttocks, in a sexual way (for example, exposure of breasts or excessive focus on the cleavage).
  • Facial or bodily expression indicative of an orgasm.
  • Suggestive undressing, such as pulling down a bra strap or underwear.
  • Models in erotic lingerie such as stockings, suspenders or paraphernalia such as whips and chains.
  • Sexual innuendo in text or image.

7.10 Online Dating

Amazon prohibits dating ads on Amazon properties, from self-serve advertisers, and in India.

For ads off Amazon, ad copy or sites that promote casual sexual encounters/hookups, and brides by mail sites are prohibited.

7.11 Healthcare - Prescription (Rx), Over-the-Counter (OTC), Supplements and Medical Devices

The policies in this section differ based on the product or service advertised, the placement, locale, and the medical condition treated. In addition to the requirements listed in these policies, Amazon may impose other targeting and placement restrictions based on the sensitivity of the medical condition treated by, or associated to, the product or service promoted. Please engage your customer support to learn more.

Ads and landing pages must not use unsupported or exaggerated claims or set unrealistic expectations of the effectiveness of the product, and cannot explicitly reference intimate bodily functions or potentially embarrassing conditions.

Amazon prohibits ads for the following products and services:

  • Fat burners and fat blockers.
  • Online pharmacies.
  • Healthcare practitioners, such as doctors or acupuncturists (ads for hospitals, education, or health insurance are permitted).
  • Illegal or sensitive pharmaceuticals.
  • Medical procedures, including cosmetic procedures like Botox for anti-aging, CoolSculpting, and plastic surgery.
  • Solicitations for medical trials and research.
  • (NZ): Ads for healthcare services are permitted, but must state the name and address of the advertiser.
Locale-Specific Requirements
New Zealand
  • Ads must not:
    • Contradict or fail to include wording relating to information required by regulations or on the product;
    • Contain information prohibited by regulations from being on the product;
    • Contain false or misleading information;
    • Include testimonials;
    • Encourage or be likely to encourage inappropriate or excessive purchase or use; or
    • Include an endorsement by a healthcare professional (except where the audience is solely healthcare professionals).
  • Ads must not contain any claim, either express or implied, that products, devices, or services:
    • Are safe or that their use cannot cause harm or that they have no side effects or risks;
    • Are effective in every case;
    • Are infallible, unfailing, magical, or miraculous;
    • Will provide a certain, guaranteed or sure cure; or
    • Will result in harmful consequences if not used.
  • Scientific language is acceptable if it is appropriate to and can be readily understood by the intended audience.
  • Comparative ads must not discourage consumers from following the advice of their healthcare professional.
  • All products and services must include the name and address of the advertiser.
  • Ads for medical devices (as defined in s 3A Medicines Act 1981) must contain mandatory information as required by the most recent edition of the Medicines Act, Medicines Regulations, and any other applicable legislation; Medsafe Guideline on Advertising therapeutic products and the MTANZ Code of Practice; and the statement always read the label and follow the instructions. If the device requires administration, application or implant by a healthcare professional it must state so.

7.11.1 Prescription medicines

Ads for prescription medicines are only permitted in the US and NZ, provided compliance with the requirements listed below, and prohibited in all other locales.

For Canada, prescription drugs can be advertised but must: have an approved Drug Identification Number (DIN); be informational only; and only contain the brand name, price, and quantity of the prescription drug.

Ads for the sale of prescription medicines and branding campaigns are permitted.

  • Ads cannot drive to ecommerce enabled landing pages nor can ads contain details about where the product can be purchased.
  • Price and savings claims are permitted (for example, savings card to get prescription drug for $5).

Ads must only promote those medicines that are approved by the local regulatory authorities for the condition treated in each of the locales where the ads will run. For example, a prescription drug approved for Canada must not be advertised in the US, unless it has been approved by the FDA for the US as well.

Disclosures and Important Safety Information (ISI) on Amazon can only take up to 33% of the ad unit's height. If the disclosure has a scrolling bar, it cannot scroll automatically.

Ads for prescription drugs are prohibited on Kindle screensaver, Fire Tablet wake screens, and Fire TV.

Locale-specific requirements
Mexico

Ads cannot describe the medical condition or the product itself. Ads may only contain the brand, a price or savings when applicable, and a CTA.

7.11.2 Over-the-Counter medicines (OTC)

Ads must only promote those medicines that are approved by the local regulatory authorities for the condition treated in each of the locales where your ads will run.

Ads cannot state that the OTC is as effective as a prescription drug.

Ads for air-purifying or particulate-filtering respirators, also known as respirators or PPE face masks, must comply with and indicate the industry-approved designation (for example, AS/NZ 1716:2012 in Australia, ABNT/NBR 13698:2011 in Brazil, EN 149 in Europe, JMHLW-Notification 214, 2018 in Japan and NIOSH in the US) that exactly matches the promoted product. Ads for non-respirator face masks, surgical masks, and cloth masks, are permitted except when they contain misleading or false claims (such as alphanumerical designations outside of approved standards).

Locale-specific requirements
Australia
  • Ads must contain the statements (or statements with a similar meaning):
    • “If symptoms persist, see your doctor or health professional”
    • “Use only as directed”
    • “Always read the label”
Austria
  • Promotion of OTC Medicines is permitted with restrictions (listed below).
  • Promotion of medical devices is permitted (EU Medical Devices Regulation applies).
  • Promotion of smoking cessation products is limited: Medical Devices and OTC products are permitted with restrictions (listed below). Prescription smoking cessation product ads are prohibited.
  • Ads for OTCs with a similar name as a prescription medicine or registered homeopathic medicine may not be sold.
  • Ads must be clearly distinguishable as advertisements.
  • The ad must indicate the name of the OTC, the active agent, required information for reasonable application.
  • Ads must carry a distinct recommendation that the medicine may have negative side effects, the customer should there read the information and direction of use and seek advice from a doctor or pharmacist.
  • Ads may not contain pictures of health professionals or health institutions, imply that a medical treatment or surgical intervention are not necessary, or include references to recommendations of scientists, health professionals or famous persons.
  • Ads may not guarantee no side effects, imply that they are superior to other medicine or treatments, improve the normal good health of a patient, non-application may reduce normal good health, it is mainly applicable to children, imply a medicine is comparable to food or cosmetics or other goods for consumption, or that the medicine is effective/safe as it is a natural product.
  • Ads may not promote samples, gift vouchers, or competitions, all of which are prohibited.
  • Ads must not claim that despite varied nutrition nutritional supplements are required.
  • Nutritional supplements may not contain cosmetic application recommendations (e.g. “for application to the skin“).
  • Ads for nutritional supplements must contain a warning not to exceed daily dose.
  • Ads for nutritional supplements must contain a warning to keep it away from little children.
Belgium

Ads for OTC products should contain the following information:

  1. The name of the medicinal product, and the generic name if the medicinal product contains only one active substance;
  2. The information necessary for correct use of the medicinal product;
  3. The statement in NL:“dit is een geneesmiddel, geen langdurig gebruik zonder geneeskundig advies”/ FR: “ceci est un médicament, pas d'utilisation prolongée sans avis medical” (“This is a medicine, no prolonged use without medical advice”);
  4. An express request to carefully read the instructions on the package leaflet or on the outer packaging, and
  5. The (trade) name of the marketing authorization holder.
Denmark
  • Advertisers must be authorized by the Danish Medicines Agency to sell OTC medicines.
  • Only OTC medicines granted a marketing authorization by the Danish Medicines Agency or the European Commission can be advertised.
  • Ads for OTCs must be frequency capped at 3x 24 hours
  • Ads must not:
    • Give the impression that the effect of the drug is guaranteed, has no side effects or is better than or as good as the effect of another treatment, including another drug;
    • Contain a recommendation from healthcare professionals, researchers or other persons, associations of persons, institutions, companies, etc., which by virtue of their reputation may encourage the consumption of medicines;
    • Encourage multiple purchases, excessive consumption or stockpiling. For example, by including 2-for-1 offers, sales promotions, discounts, suggesting the customer “stock up for winter”, or similar.
  • Ads for medicinal products offered for sale by online pharmacies must include a reference to the current price on medicinpriser.dk.
  • Ads for all OTC medicinal products including herbal medicines, alternative medicine, homeopathic medicines and strong vitamin and mineral preparations must include:
    • The name of the medicine and the common name;
    • The pack size;
    • Effect;
    • Dosage;
    • Side effects (if a medicinal product has no side effects reactions, this can be omitted. The claim “no side effects”, or similar, is not permitted);
    • An express invitation to the user to read the information in the package leaflet or on the package;
    • Other information necessary for the correct and appropriate use of the medicinal product, e.g. warnings or drug interactions.
Finland
  • Ads for OTC medicines must include:
    • Name of the medicinal product and the pharmaceutical substance if the medicine in question only contains one active ingredient;
    • Indication of the medicinal product;
    • Necessary information for the correct and safe use of the medicine as well as any special precautions of use, interactions and adverse effects significant for the medicine safety;
    • Explicit advice to read the package leaflet or the user instructions contained in the package;
    • Name of holder of marketing authorisation, importer or marketer; and
    • In the marketing of veterinary medicines, also the approved target species of the medicine, as well as the maximum residue limits (MRL).
  • Ads must not:
    • Be targeted to under 18s
    • Suggest that the efficacy or safety of the medicinal product is based on its natural origins
Ireland
  • Promotion of OTC Products is permitted with restrictions:
    • Codeine-containing medicines are prohibited
    • Marketing communications for medicines should conform with the relevant HPRA authorisation and the product’s summary of product characteristics
      • Marketing communications should not suggest that a product is “special” or “different” because it has been granted an authorisation by the HPRA or under the auspices of the EMA
    • Marketing communications for a medicinal product should not contain an offer to refund money to dissatisfied customers
    • Marketing communications that include a product claim for a medicinal product (including legible on-pack product claims within a pack shot) should include: the name of the product; an indication of what it is for; text such as “Always read the label;” and the common name of the sole active ingredient, if it contains only one
    • Illustrations of the effect or action of a product should be accurate
    • Promotions and Samples:
      • Consumer prize promotions for medicinal products should not encourage or require purchase of the products which would be greater than that associated with a rational use of the product and should not encourage the unnecessary purchase of the product
      • Marketing communications should not offer free samples of medicinal products
  • Promotion of medical devices is permitted, with restrictions:
    • Any medical device being advertised must have a CE mark
    • Marketing communications for a medical device should be consistent with its intended purpose
  • Promotion of smoking cessation products, including those that contain nicotine, are permitted
    • Ads for such products should make it clear that they offer only assistance, are not cures, and that any success will necessarily be dependent on the willpower of the user
    • Ads should state clearly if the product contains nicotine
Israel

Ads for OTC medicines must include the following statements in Hebrew: “Prior to use, it is recommended to consult a doctor or pharmacist and review the consumer leaflet” and “contains the following active substance(s) _______.”

Japan

When promoting medicines with high risk of overdose, ads must depict a single ASIN in the smallest package.

Luxembourg

Ads must carry a recommendation that the customer seek advice from a physician, pharmacist or other health specialist.

Mexico

Ads cannot describe the medical condition or the product itself. Ads may only contain the brand, a price or savings when applicable, and a CTA.

Netherlands

Ads cannot include any financial incentive to purchase. For example, sales promotions, direct or indirect price offers, coupons or refund promotions.

New Zealand
  • Ads must contain the statements (or statements with a similar meaning):
    • “If symptoms persist, see your doctor or health professional”
    • “Use only as directed”
    • “Always read the label”
  • Ads must:
    • Contain a statement for the intended use of the product
    • Include any warning statement that may be required by guidelines issued by the relevant regulatory body (NZ, Ministry of Health, AU, Therapeutic Goods Administration)
  • Ads for food/nutritional supplements must:
    • Contain the name and address of the advertiser and the statement “always read the label and use as directed”
    • Contain the statement "vitamins and minerals are supplementary to and not a replacement for a balanced diet"
    • Include a statement of the uses of the food/nutritional supplement
    • Not claim that a food/nutritional supplement can treat, cure, or reduce the risk of, a disease or medical condition (for example, “This herbal supplement is great for diabetes”)
    • Not include comparisons with medicines or medical devices
  • New Zealand: Ads for food/nutritional supplements that are only to be used for a short time after which the consumer should seek medical advice should state: “if symptoms persist, see your healthcare professional.”
  • Ads containing testimonials for natural health products and dietary supplements are permitted but must not imply that the product is a medicine or medical device or that the service has a therapeutic benefit.
Norway
  • Ads must include:
    • The name of OTC medicine and the active substance/s;
    • The information necessary for correct use of the medicinal product including area of use, important precautions and warnings; and
    • An encouragement for the user to read the package leaflet.
  • Ads for OTC medicines must not encourage the purchase of more than one pack. For example, through multi-buy offers such as “buy one get one free” or “buy 2 for €XX”. Discounts on single packs are acceptable provided the ad copy does not explicitly suggest that customers make multiple purchases.
Sweden

Ads for smoking cessation products must include an ‘18+’ warning.

UK

Ads for tablets or capsules that contain painkillers such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and paracetamol must not encourage the purchase of more than one pack; for example, through multi-buy offers such as “buy one get one free” or “buy 2 for £XX”. Discounts on single packs are acceptable provided the ad copy does not explicitly suggest that customers make multiple purchases.

7.11.3 Baby formula/infant formula (Australia, Brazil, Europe, and UAE)

Europe

Amazon prohibits ads for formula for infants aged under 6 months.

Ads may promote follow-on formula intended for infants aged 6 months and up (except in Luxembourg).
Ads must not:

  • Confuse follow-on formula with infant formula (for example, by referring to the product as “formula” without any age qualification).
  • Compare follow-on formula to breastmilk, or state or imply that it is equal or superior to breastmilk. We prohibit the use of terms like "inspired by breastmilk," "maternalised" and similar.
  • Contain images or text relating to the feeding or care of infants under the age of 6 months (for example, an image of a new-born in a hospital right after delivery).
  • Discourage breastfeeding or encourage formula as a replacement to breastfeeding.
  • Target nursing mothers through pre or post-natal targeting segments related to the nursing of infants of any age.
LocaleRestrictions
ATAds for infant formula and follow-on formula are prohibited.
AUAds for formula for infants aged under 12 months are prohibited.
BRAds for infant formula and follow-on formula for infants under the age of 12 months are prohibited.

Ads for baby feeding products such as baby feeding bottles, pacifiers, and nipples are prohibited.

Ads for follow-on formula for toddlers, transitional food for infants and toddlers, and all dairy milks must display the following warning: “O aleitamento materno evita infecções e alergias e é recomendado até os 2 anos de idade ou mais" ("Breastfeeding prevents infections and allergies and is recommended until 2 years of age or older.")
CHAds for infant formula and follow-on formula are prohibited.
DEAds for infant formula are prohibited.
DKAds for infant formula and follow-on formula are prohibited.
ESAds for infant formula are prohibited.

References to breastfeeding or the nutritional needs of babies are prohibited.
FIAds for infant formula are prohibited.
FRAds for infant formula are prohibited.
INAds for infant formula, follow-on formula, and baby feeding products such as baby feeding bottles are prohibited.
IEAds for infant formula are prohibited.
ILAds for infant formula and follow-on formula are permitted.
ITAds for infant formula are prohibited.
LUXAds for infant formula and follow-on formula are prohibited.
MXAds for infant formula are prohibited.
NLAds for infant formula are prohibited.
NOAds for infant formula and follow-on formula are prohibited.
NZAds for formula for infants aged under 12 months are prohibited.
SGAds for infant formula and follow-on formula are prohibited.
SEAds for infant formula and follow-on formula are prohibited.
UKAds for infant formula are prohibited.

7.11.4 Sexual wellness

Ads for sexual wellness products such as condoms and other birth control must focus on the medical properties of the product (such as birth prevention, or to prevent diseases, or general branding). Ads must comply with the “Nudity and Sexuality” policies above.

Ads off Amazon must be frequency-capped at 3 times per 24 hours (3x24). Behavioral targeting and the use of any Amazon branding are prohibited (Amazon branding is permitted in the EU offsite only).

7.11.5 Feminine care

Feminine Care products is referring to menstrual products such as tampons and pads. This policy does not apply to adult incontinence products, feminine wipes, douches, birth control, lubricants, and similar products.

Amazon prohibits Feminine Care ads on Fire devices. Ads may run off Amazon and elsewhere on Amazon with specific In-Market targeting segments only with a 3 times per 24 hours (3x24) frequency cap.

7.11.6 Intimate personal care products

Amazon prohibits ads for intimate personal care products (such as douches, vaginal moisturizers, intimate deodorizers/feminine hygiene spray, feminine wipes, and feminine washes) on Homepages, Kindle screensaver and Fire Tablet wake screen.

Ads can only run in contextual placements for products in the same category, subject to pre-approval by Amazon.

7.11.7 Incontinence

Ads for incontinence products (including liners, pads or adult diapers) may run only in contextual placements for products in the same category, and offsite. Ads must be frequency-capped at 3 times per 24 hours (3x24).

Locale-specific requirements
Japan

Ads are permitted on the homepage of amazon.co.jp with the following restrictions:

  • Ads must not target customers based on shopping behavior related to health and personal well-being. You are encouraged to leverage AA’s targeting capability to increase relevancy.
  • Ads must not use words that describe an unwanted health condition such as “incontinence” or “lack of control.” Ads can use messaging that describes the benefits of the products such as “greater mobility” or “active lifestyle.”
  • Visuals must not feature the product image in use but can feature lifestyle images. We permit product images if the packaging is intact. We prohibit images of diapers without packaging.

7.11.8 DNA testing kits

Ads can promote services that provide ancestry and high-level health-related information both on and off Amazon.

Ads for services that provide detailed health results such as a person’s risk for hereditary cancers and heart conditions may run only off Amazon and without behavioral targeting.

7.11.9 Weight-loss products and services

Amazon prohibits ads for weight loss supplements and other products (other than food or meal replacements) and services on Homepage, Kindle screensaver, and Fire Tablet wake screen, behavioral targeting, and ads for fat burners and blockers.

Ads must be frequency-capped at 3 times per 24 hours (3x24).

Ads must not encourage unhealthy eating or negative body image/self-perception.

Ads must not make any unrealistic or excessive claims, including, but not limited to:

  • That customers can lose weight by merely using the product without following a calorie-controlled diet or exercise program.
  • That results are effective for everyone, or that are permanent.
  • Weight loss of two pounds or more a week.
  • Substantial weight loss no matter what or how much the customer eats.
  • That a customer will lose weight by wearing a product on the body or rubbing it into the skin.
Locale-specific requirements
Brazil

The term “diet” is used to mean a food or drink that is suitable for diabetics, and should therefore be used with caution.

Belgium, Netherlands, and Luxembourg

Ads should not make any reference to the rate or amount of weight loss which might result from the consumption of a food.

Ireland
  • Advertisers should be able to show that their diet plans are nutritionally well balanced. These will be assessed in relation to the subjects who would be using them.
  • Ads should not offer treatment specifically for conditions that require medical treatment, such as obesity, anorexia and bulimia.
  • Advertisers should not make general claims that specific amounts of weight can be lost within a stated period.
  • Ads for intensive exercise programs should encourage users to check with a doctor before starting.
  • Ads for adult weight-reduction regimes or establishments should neither be directed at, nor contain anything that will appeal particularly to, children.
  • Health claims in marketing communications for food products that refer to a rate or amount of weight loss are not permitted.
New Zealand
  • Ads must recommend that consumers seek professional advice on diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes.
  • Individuals used in weight loss products and services ads must not be considered obese, as classified by their BMI.
  • Ads for a diet plan with less than 3500kj (800 calories) per day on average over the course of one week are prohibited.

7.12 Security Products

Ads for security products such as Internet Security or Credit Card Security must link-in to Amazon. The ad copy must not contain scare tactics such as the mention of viruses, identity theft, and malware.

7.13 Weapons (content featuring weapons)

The policies in this section restrict ad content featuring weapons to protect our customers from uncomfortable or shocking experiences.

Amazon prohibits ads for the sale of weapons.

7.13.1 Firearms

Realistic firearms

Homepages: Amazon prohibits depictions of realistic firearms on homepages.

Depictions of realistic firearms are permitted on Amazon (except for Homepage) and off Amazon, if the firearm is contextually relevant to the product or service promoted, and it is not pointed directly at a character or directed toward the customer, nor handled by a minor.

Ads on Amazon must not feature images of firearms demonstrated as firing or having been recently used (for example, bullets visibly exiting the weapon, smoke or other residue shown around the barrel).

Non-realistic firearms

Ads may feature non-violent depictions of non-realistic firearms that are fantasy weapons, including fantasy/sci-fi firearms such as ray-guns and phasers.

7.13.2 Other weapons

Ads may feature depictions of realistic bladed weapons such as swords, knives, bows and arrows, and similar weapons (that are not firearms) if the weapon is not bloody, or used in a violent or threatening manner, and it is contextually relevant to the offer.

Locale-specific requirements
UK

Amazon prohibits images of knives on the UK homepage.

7.13.3 Military equipment

Ads may feature images of military equipment and vehicles (tanks, warplanes, helicopters, etc.) showing the weapons firing if people are not in peril and if the ad does not otherwise depict excessive violence.

8.0 Display Ad Policies for MENA

These guidelines provide greater detail about how we enforce our ad policies across MENA.

8.1 Content Restrictions

8.1.1 Cultural and Social Norms

In Bahrain, the KSA, Kuwait, Morocco, and the UAE ads must not contain content or themes that offend the values of society, cultural heritage (especially Arab heritage and civilization), or the identity of the State. Ads must not:

  • Depict intimate contact, such as people kissing, people in sexually provocative positions, or simulating sexual acts;
  • Display homosexuality or non-traditional family relations (for example, a family with two mothers or a rainbow-colored flag);
  • Display or promote immoral behaviour (for example, stealing, tricking someone out of money, or being unfaithful to one’s spouse);
  • Undermine traditional Arab culture (for example, an ad showing an abaya being transformed into a short skirt, or showing a woman pulling off a niqab in public).

8.1.2 Politics

In alignment with the global GAP, political advocacy ads (either for or against a political person, party, or related to an election) are prohibited in Bahrain, the KSA, Kuwait, Morocco and the UAE.. In addition, ads must not:

  • Criticize the Heads of State, members of the ruling Royal Families, politicians, state ministries/departments, security/military institutions or figures, the system of ruling, or any related symbols or imagery;
  • Jeopardize the safety of the State, its security, interests, reputation, prestige, symbols, rulers, institutions (this covers any negative depiction of the above, for example, an entertainment ad that showed the Burj Khalifa in ruins would be a violation);
  • Disrupt public order, national security and public interest requirements (see also ‘Cultural and social norms’ above);
  • Damage or harm relations with other countries;
  • Feature Presidential flags and other flags printed on any apparel or in an unaccustomed position (for example, a national flag on a shot glass or floor mat);
  • Refer to or depict political groups or movements;
  • Depict a politically or socially rebellious attitude towards established cultural/social norms. For example, an ad showing young people rebelling against authority figures, such as teachers or police officers, or content that challenges the wearing of traditional clothing, such as the hijab or abaya.

8.1.3 Religion

The global GAP prohibits ad content that advocates or demeans religions. Ads for religious products and services are prohibited.

Religious script, the name or image of Allah (or Prophet Muhammad), or any religious objects or sites must not be printed on any apparel or in any unaccustomed position. This includes all apparel/footwear, floor coverings, bedding, pet products, bathroom products, and alcohol items.

Ads for non-religious products must not include any religious imagery or objects. This includes references to holidays or events with religious connections, such as Christmas, Diwali, etc. Campaigns that refer to Ramadan during that period are permitted.

8.2 Image Guidelines

8.2.1 Partial Nudity

In Bahrain, the KSA, Kuwait, Morocco and the UAE it is common for bare skin to be covered in public places. Ads must not show anything that could be considered sexually provocative. If partial nudity is contextually relevant to the product being advertised (for example, swimwear), it may be acceptable if the model’s pose is not sexually provocative, except in Bahrain, the KSA and Kuwait, where this is always prohibited regardless of relevance to the product being advertised.

8.2.2 Other Sensitive Images

Images containing the below content are prohibited:

  • Image material related to subjects, places and events of current political or armed conflict. Historical events may be depicted in Entertainment ads, such as a movie trailer set in WWII.
  • Controversial Arab leaders
  • Alcohol consumption, including wine/beer bottles, glassware, or other receptacles associated with alcohol (see also ‘Alcohol’ category restrictions below)
  • Gambling or lotteries (see also ‘Gambling’ category restrictions below)
  • Swine/pig/pork products or images (for example, a Peppa Pig toy)
  • Showing or pointing the bottom of one’s foot at another person or at a religious or political object is disrespectful and must not be depicted in ads

8.3 Product Category Restrictions

The following product categories are prohibited in Bahrain, the KSA, Kuwait, Morocco, and the UAE, unless stated otherwise:

  • Alcohol
    • The global GAP prohibits ad content that encourages, glamorizes or depicts excessive consumption of alcohol. In addition, ads must not refer to or depict alcoholic beverages, or the consumption of alcohol. For example, an ad for a dining table must not show a bottle of wine resting on the table.
    • Exceptions may be made for Entertainment trailers (but not static creatives) that show alcohol use in an ancillary manner, except in the KSA where this is prohibited. The focus of the ad must never be primarily on the consumption of alcohol and Ad Policy preapproval is required for any exceptions.
  • Astrological activities, Fortune telling, Magic/Witchcraft/Jugglery
    • For example, ads for magic shows, magician tricks or games, or Harry Potter magic wands are unacceptable.
  • Contests and sweepstakes
  • Education (except in Kuwait and Morocco where these are permitted)
  • Gambling
  • Hajj and Omrah Campaigns (except in Bahrain and Morocco, where these are permitted)
  • Health Advertisements (for example, medical devices and equipment, medicines, OTCs and food supplements, pharmaceutical products, slimming and weight control products, herbal products, etc.)
  • Infant and follow-on formula milk
    • Bahrain: ads for infant and follow-on formula are prohibited.
    • KSA: ads for infant formula and follow-on formula aged 0-36 months are prohibited. Ads for follow-on formula for children aged 36 months + are permitted.
    • Kuwait: ads for infant and follow-on formula are prohibited.
    • Morocco: ads for infant formula are prohibited. Ads for follow-on formula for infants aged 6 months + are permitted.
    • UAE: ads for infant formula are prohibited. Ads for follow-on formula for infants aged 12 months + are permitted.

Locale-Specific Requirements
Bahrain
  • Ads for dog food are prohibited.
  • Hajj and Omrah campaigns are permitted.
  • Ads for infant and follow-on formula are prohibited.
  • Ads for financial products and services, credit services, and insurance are prohibited.
The KSA
  • Ads for dog food are prohibited.
  • Ads for infant and follow-on formula aged 0-36 months are prohibited. Ads for follow-on formula for children aged 36 months + are permitted.
  • Ads for financial products and services, credit services, and insurance are permitted.
Kuwait
  • Ads for dog food are prohibited.
  • Education ads from private universities, courses, and education centers that are licensed to work in Kuwait are permitted.
  • Ads for infant and follow-on formula are prohibited.
  • Ads for financial products and services, credit services, and insurance are permitted.
Morocco
  • Hajj and Omrah campaigns are permitted.
  • Ads for financial products and services, credit services, and insurance are permitted.
  • Education ads from private universities, courses, and education centers that are licensed to work in Morocco are permitted.
  • Ads for infant formula are prohibited. Ads for follow-on formula for infants aged 6 months+ are permitted.
The UAE
  • Ads for Real Estate are prohibited.
  • Ads for infant formula are prohibited. Ads for follow-on formula for infants aged 12 months + are permitted.
  • Ads for financial products and services, credit services, and insurance are permitted.
    • Note: ads for financial securities and commodities are prohibited. For example, ads for stocks and shares.