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The BBFC’s Classification Guidelines

It’s important that the BBFC’s classification standards reflect people’s current views and expectations, and that our decisions give due weight to what people find acceptable for each age rating.

To make sure that this is the case, every four or five years, the BBFC carries out a major public consultation to find out what people think about the age rating of films and videos before they are released, and whether the BBFC’s classification standards meet their concerns.

When these consultations find significant changes in people’s expectations, we adjust our standards and criteria accordingly.

Our standards are published in the BBFC’s Classification Guidelines which can be downloaded below. They give details of what’s acceptable in each age category from U to R18, and explain the laws and principles that govern our work.

We have two over-riding principles, which are as follows:

  • To protect children and vulnerable adults from potentially harmful or otherwise unsuitable content
  • To help children and families choose what’s right for them and avoid what’s not


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