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Photographers & Model Agencies

Photographers and Model Agencies must have strict age verification procedures in place for young models and actors particularly where they may be involved in nude or sexually provocative photography or filming

Even the process of receiving unsolicited portfolios needs careful systems and procedures to avoid potentially handling or distributing (even internally) pornographic images involving children. There needs to be a formalised sign up process for new young models and actors with strict controls on the activities that they can participate in.

How can the Age Check Certification Scheme help photographers and model agencies?

We test that age check systems work. We do this through audits, test purchasing and mystery shopping. We can also test your systems to make sure that they are not vulnerable to presentation attack (called 'anti-spoofing') and we can test age verification policies against PAS 1296:2018. Our team can also assess production policies and procedures for compliance with sexual offences legislation protecting children from participation in pornographic filming or photography

Why do I have to get this done?

Local laws place obligations on photographers and model agencies to take steps to prevent the underage participation in nude or sexually provocative filming or photography. The penalties for failing to comply can be substantial including the forced closure of your business. 

How do I get my age check systems tested?

If you want a test purchase carrying out at your studio or agency, you can book this through our shop.

If you’ve got a programme of test purchasing activity that you want to discuss with us, then just get in touch. We can provide discounts for programmes of activity. We would be happy to prepare a bespoke proposal for you or to respond to an invitation to tender.

Our test purchasing and mystery shopping services are available in most of the G20 Group of Nations and the European Union.


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