Information for policy-makers and regulators

Age verification is a critical foundation to the regulation of the internet.

We aim to provide information helpful to regulators with responsibilities for preventing online harms.

Simply by recommending or requiring that age checks are conducted by a member of the Age Verification Providers Association, you will already be implementing leading global technical, ethical and privacy standards. 


“The Home Office advises that anyone selling alcohol online or by phone should already be taking all reasonable steps to verify age at the point of sale in order to avoid committing an offence of selling alcohol to a child.  PAS 1296 is a good point of reference for these steps.”

Home Office, May 2020

Setting the global standard for rigorous online age verification

AVPA Members sign up to a Code of Conduct which addresses key requirements trading standards officers would wish to see from suppliers of online age verification services:

– Fairness and Transparency

– Use of appropriate verification methods

– Security and Privacy

– Accuracy

– Independence


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