About the VSC

Welcome to the Video Standards Council

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 Video Standards Council 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.
The Games Rating Authority (GRA) is a sub-arm of the Video Standards Council (VSC), and exists to specifically licence the release of 12, 16 and 18 PEGI rated video games in the UK .

VSC News

What we've been up to

Safer Internet Day 2016

We're getting ready for Safer Internet Day 2016. Are you? Read more about this vital annual event below.

Safer Internet Day Safer Internet Day 2015 will be celebrated globally on Tuesday 10th February with the slogan ‘Let’s create a better internet together’. Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. For SID2014, over 650 organisations got involved, reaching 25% of children and 18% of teenagers. The UK Safer Internet Centre – a partnership of three leading charities; Childnet, the South West Grid for Learning and the Internet Watch Foundation – provide resources for children, schools and families, and tools for getting involved at www.saferinternet.org.uk. Globally, Safer Internet Day is celebrated in over a hundred countries, coordinated by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, and 31 national Safer Internet Centres across Europe. The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to join together in helping to create a better internet. Ultimately, a better internet is up to us! #up2us #SID2015 UK Safer Internet Centre In addition to coordinating Safer Internet Day, the UK Safer Internet Centre delivers a wide range of activity to promote the safe and responsible use of technology: • founded and operates an e-safety helpline for professionals working with children in the UK • operates the UK’s hotline for reporting online criminal content • develops new educational resources for children, parents and carers and teachers to meet emerging trends in the fast-changing online environment • delivers education sessions for children, parents, carers, teachers and the wider children’s workforce • shapes policy at school, industry and government level, both in the UK and internationally, and facilitates youth panels to give young people a voice on these issues.

Introducing the new GRA games rating app for members.

If you are in the business of supplying video games directly to the consumer, you'll find this handy new app just the ticket. You can look up any PEGI rated game and, in an instant, find further information about what the game contains.

If you are in the business of supplying video games directly to the consumer, you'll find this handy new app just the ticket.  You can look up any PEGI rated game and, in an instant, find further information about what the game contains. 
So if a customer wants to know why Game X was rated PEGI 16, you can look it up and tell them exactly what the rating defining elements are - sex, violence, bad language, etc - thus enabling them to make a well-informed choice. 
It's absolutely free to VSC members and not available to the public.  Simply download the app (it's available for both Apple and Android products) via iTunes or Google Play, or simply follow these links as appropriate:
Then use your eLearning credentials to log in.


Spotlight on: Sword Art Online: Lost Song!

Spotlight is our regular video feature giving you accurate game rating information.

This time we're focusing on Sword Art Online: Lost Song which was rated PEGI 12 for frequent mild mild, infrequent sexual innuendo and offensive language.
To check out our other ratings features, find us on:

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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.


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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.


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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 £20 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

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