About the VSC

Welcome to the VSC Rating Board

Member Code of Practice

We offer membership to anyone supplying age restricted video products in the UK.  Our members abide by a Code of Practice designed to promote high standards within the video industry, ensuring DVDs and Games are provided to the public in a responsible manner.
 
For more about our organisation and the VSC Code of Practice please click here.  Alternatively, scroll below to see how we can protect and prevent you and your staff  from potentially conducting an illegal sale to the public.

Video Game Ratings

The VSC Rating Board is an Administrator of the PEGI age rating system which is used in over 30 countries throughout Europe. 
 
In 2012 the PEGI system was incorporated into UK law and the VSC was appointed as the statutory body responsible for the age rating of video games in the UK using the PEGI system.
 

VSC News

What we've been up to

VIDEO STANDARDS COUNCIL (VSC) RE-BRAND

The Video Standards Council announces a change of name to reflect its increasing role as the agency which provides video games ratings for the UK and Europe as well as the rating of apps through the IARC rating system.

The Video Standards Council announces a change of name to reflect its increasing role as the agency which provides video games ratings for the UK and Europe as well as the rating of apps through the IARC rating system.

With immediate effect, the VSC will now be known as the Video Standards Council Rating Board. The games rating arm of the VSC, the GRA (Games Rating Authority) will, as a result of this change, become defunct.

The VSC Director-General, Ian Rice, said:

Originally, the VSC was set-up to ensure that retailers of video, DVD and video games followed a code of practice to ensure that age-restricted entertainment media wasn't sold or hired to children and young people. This continues to be an essential part of our remit, but we also had to recognise that since 2012, when we were appointed as the "designated authority"; to rate video games, our ratings role has extended to include the provision of app ratings through the IARC system.

In support of our ratings work, the VSC Rating Board is, additionally, providing game content and e-safety information to educators, child-protection agencies and the consumer.

 

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Notes for Editors:

The Video Standards Council (VSC) was established in 1989 as a body set up to develop and oversee a Code of Practice designed to promote high standards within the video/DVD industry. The Code was subsequently expanded to promote high standards within the video games industry. The VSC has established staff training guidelines for retailers and others responsible for supplying videos, DVD and video games to the public to ensure that age-restricted media is not made available to under-age purchasers.

In 2012, the VSC was appointed as the statutory UK video games regulator using the Pan European Games Information (PEGI) system to rate video games accordingly.

VSC ANNUAL REPORT 2016

The VSC Annual Report 2016 is now available and features much information including how games are rated, what games were rated and other related content.

The VSC Annual Report 2016 is now available to read in digital form.  The report covers the period January to December 2016 and features much information including how games are rated, what games were rated in 2016 and other games related content.
 
Click here to download. 

Inspirational computing for kids

Associated and fully supported by Ukie, The Digital Schoolhouse London Programme aims to develop a new generation of Computing teachers to teach the new Computing curriculum which started on 1 September 2014.

Associated and fully supported by Ukie, The Digital Schoolhouse London Programme aims to develop a new generation of Computing teachers to teach the new Computing curriculum which started on 1 September 2014.
 
Funded by the Mayor of London, each Digital Schoolhouse is based in a secondary school and aims to work with a growing network of local primary teachers to deliver creative and cross-curricular computing lessons. This supports the new Computing Programme of Study for the National Curriculum in a way that leaves pupils and teachers feeling inspired and engaged.
 
 
This is how it works:
  • Secondary school teachers are trained by universities
  • Free and flexible workshops are provided for visiting Key Stage 2 primary schools
  • A local network is created, linking primary schools to the secondary hub
  • All teachers are supported to develop new ideas and resources through a London-wide network, called Get London Computing.

If you are interested in becoming a Digital Schoolhouse, please get in touch via the Digital School House website http://www.digitalschoolhouse.org.uk/

Join the VSC

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Staff training

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Trading Standards approved training that meets due diligence requirements relating to the prevention of underage sales. This is normally provided as eLearning but we can tailor a format to meet your requirements.

Protection

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In the event of a prosecution, and where an accidental mistake has been made, we would attend the court concerned and show that the staff member involved had received and completed our approved eLearning training.


Identification

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A membership certificate and window sticker that shows your organisation takes its responsibilities seriously and that it adheres to the VSC Code of Practice. Registered members of the Code may also use the VSC logo on stationery and in trade and consumer advertising.

Value for money

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VSC membership is only £22 per year per outlet.   We offer membership to anyone supplying age restricted video products in the UK, including retailers, libraries and gaming party venues.
     

     
     As a member you agree to adhere to a code of practice designed to promote high standards in the video industry.   In doing so, this shows that you are a customer-focused organisation that understands the need to protect young people from age inappropriate material.
     
     
     

    If you would like to become a member please complete the form below or give us a call. 

    02037 718543


    Contact VSC

    Address:

    Suite 4A
    Salar House
    61 Campfield Road
    St Albans
    Hertfordshire
    AL1 5HT
    UK

    Phone:

    +44(0)2037 718 543