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Providers of pornography services need to take action both to age verify the actors and to prevent young people from accessing printed, filmed or animated content

There are two stages to age verification for pornography services - both at the production stage and at the distribution stage. Many countries around the world are currently exploring enhanced restrictions - particularly on distribution

How can the Age Check Certification Scheme help pornography services?

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 pornography services to take steps to prevent the underage access to pornography or participation in filming or photography. The penalties for failing to comply can be substantial including the forced closure of your business.

Can the Age Check Certification Scheme provide our age verification system?

We don't provide age verification services, but we do certify and check that they work. We recommend that you use members of the Age Verification Providers Association and check that they have PAS 1296:2018 certification, which we can provide.

How do I get my age check systems tested?

If you want a test purchase carrying out at your website, 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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We apply internationally recognised standards to provide robust, impartial and independent third party certification and validation of systems and processes used by age verification service providers.

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