Clause 6


Clauses 14 and 18 may also be relevant.


(7.2) Information, claims and comparisons must be accurate, balanced, fair, objective and unambiguous and must be based on an up-to-date evaluation of all the evidence and reflect that evidence clearly. They must not mislead either directly or by implication, by distortion, exaggeration or undue emphasis.

Material must be sufficiently complete to enable recipients to form their own opinion of the therapeutic value of the medicine.

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(7.4) Any information, claim or comparison must be capable of substantiation.

Companies must provide substantiation, following a request for it as set out in Clauses 14.3 and 18.2. In addition, when data from a clinical trial is used, companies must ensure that where necessary, that trial has been registered and the results disclosed in accordance with Clause 4.6.


(7.8) All artwork, including illustrations, graphs and tables, must conform to the letter and spirit of the Code and, when taken from published studies, a reference must be given. Graphs and tables must be presented in such a way as to give a clear, fair, balanced view of the matters with which they deal and must not be included unless they are relevant to the claims or comparisons being made.


(7.9) Information and claims about adverse reactions must reflect available evidence or be capable of substantiation by clinical experience. It must not be stated that a product has no adverse reactions, toxic hazards or risks of addiction or dependency. The word ‘safe’ must not be used without qualification.


(7.11) The word ‘new’ must not be used to describe any product or presentation which has been generally available, or any therapeutic indication which has been promoted, for more than twelve months in the UK.


(8.1) The medicines, products and activities of other pharmaceutical companies must not be disparaged.


(8.2) The health professions and the clinical and scientific opinions of health professionals must not be disparaged.