The Marketing Council was established in 1974. It is subordinated The Ministry of Children and Equality, and receives all its allocations from the national budget.
The Market Council represents the second of a two-step procedure. Cases concerning assumed violations against regulations in the Marketing Control Act must initially be considered by The Consumer Ombudsman (CO). The CO considers matters upon complaints from consumers and traders, but will also at its own initiative look at marketing measures.
Cases concerning assumed violations of the prohibitions against advertising in the Norwegian Tobacco and Alcohol Act must initially be considered by The Norwegian Directorate of Health.
The Market Council
The Market Council has the authority to issue decisions banning unlawful marketing, contract terms and conditions in standard contracts when deemed necessary in the interests of consumers. Decisions made by The Market Council can not be appealed to a superior administrative body, but can be brought to an ordinary court. Alleged maladministration can also be brought to the Parliamentary Ombudsman for assessment.
The Market Council consists of 6 members; 1 chairperson, 1 vice chairperson and 4 ordinary members, who are appointed by the King in Council for a 4 year period. The Market Council makes about 5-10 decisions each year. The average case handling time is about 3 months.
Contact the Market Council
Postboks 4596 Nydalen
Tlf: 23 40 06 80
Opening hours: 09.00 - 11.15 og 11:45 - 14.30