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The Age Check Certification Scheme (ACCS) is a UKAS-accredited conformity assessment body, comprised of auditors, certification specialists, and data protection experts. We independently test and certify online and offline systems that check age and identity, such as passport scanners, biometric technology, and age verification software. 

Our mission is to protect children from the harm associated with access to age-restricted products, content and services. Safeguarding young people has significant benefits for not just children themselves, but for the community as a whole – so it’s crucial that companies comply with the age restrictions put in place by the government. 

We offer a range of services for businesses that need to check identity and age, including Test PurchasingAge Check AssuranceID Check AssuranceAge Appropriate Design Certification and GDPR Certification. All our schemes are UKAS-accredited, so you can be sure our audit and certification processes are thorough and effective. They're the ideal way to safeguard young people and ensure your business complies with laws and regulations. 

Our Age Appropriate Design Certification Scheme is the first UK GDPR-approved scheme of its kind. Our specialist data consultants have created a robust certification scheme to audit your systems, ensuring they collect, process, and protect children’s data in compliance with the AADC. Our certification will prove to your clients that you take Age Appropriate Design seriously; that your system is compliant, accurate, and suitable for children. 

We’ve worked with customers all over the world in a wealth of sectors, bringing our expertise to retailers, age check providers, gambling companies, entertainment providers and more. Find out how we can help your company safeguard young people and stay compliant. 

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2021

We launched Age Appropriate Design Certification Scheme, the first ICO approved criteria for The ICO Children's Code meaning we can provide UK GDPR approved certification to businesses in scope of AADC. At the same time our GDPR certification for Age and ID check providers also received approval.

2021

We were granted UKAS accredited status as a Conformity Assessment Body, demonstrating our technical competence and the quality of work we deliver for clients

2020

We opened our Age Check Testing Studio enabling us to examine all types of age check systems, equipment, devices and ID cards.

2019

We secured investment from the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund to help us grow a worldwide certification team and bring high tech jobs and growth to the North

2018

We launched the beta version of our state-of-the-art test purchasing app on the Android and iOS app stores. This app enables our test purchasers to manage their day-to-day activity in a geocoded secure and live process.

2017

We gained our accreditation as a Highfield Qualifications Awarding Centre as we switched from EdExcel, providing new training opportunities, new workbooks and improved services for our learners

2014

We started our first major partnership programme of activity aiming to reduce the number of legitimate retailers that were at risk of selling tobacco to children

2011

We kicked the whole thing off...

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Our Values

Leadership

Having the courage to shape the world we operate in for the good of children and young people

Competence

Being brilliant at what we do and a font of knowledge about age check laws and best practice

Integrity

Acting honestly, impartially and inspiring the confidence of others

Inclusivity

Fostering a safe space where people can thrive and develop to be their very best

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