JULY – 15: TALL TALK
IVF ads violate the law
Two complaints were received by the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) recently. One advertisement was by Delhi IVF & Fertility Research Centre which made two claims. One was that it was â€œa one stop solution to all problems related to childlessnessâ€. The other was that the centre was responsible for the delivery of 7000 ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology) babies since 1994. The other ad was of Trinity Test Tube Baby Center which claimed: â€œ100% success or money back guaranteeâ€.
ASCI viewed the print advertisements and considered the advertiserâ€™s response. It upheld both the complaints. It found both the ads violating the Drugs & Magic Remedies Act, 1955 because they promise a cure for infertility. Also, in both cases the claims in the ads were not substantiated with authentic supporting data. Hence the ad contravened Chapters I.1 and III.4 of the ASCI Code. According to Chapter I.1: â€œAdvertisements must be truthful. All descriptions, claims and comparisons which relate to matters of objectively ascertainable fact should be capable of substantiationâ€¦â€ According to Chapter III.4: â€œAdvertisements should contain nothing which is in breach of the lawâ€¦â€
In the second case, ASCI felt that the claim in the ad â€œ100% success or money back guaranteeâ€ was also misleading by exaggeration. As such, the ad contravened Chapters I.4 of the ASCI Code as well. According to Chapter I.4: â€œâ€¦Advertisements shall not contain statements or visual presentation which directly or by implication or by omission or by ambiguity or by exaggeration are likely to mislead the consumer about the product advertised or the advertiserâ€¦â€