BIS launches new code of practice for age restricted products

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The Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) has published a new Age Restricted Products Code of Practice. BIS claims the new code will strengthen the protection of young people and reduce red tape for responsible businesses that sell age restricted products safely, legally and profitably.

The code covers all products and services for which there are statutory age restrictions in place, including alcoholic drinks and cigarettes. It sets out a process that follows the steps that an enforcing authority will work through, from prioritising the use of its resources, through its proactive work to support compliance, to targeted
checks on compliance where these are warranted, and appropriate responses to non-compliance that is identified, including taking swift and firm action where necessary.
As well as providing guidance for local authorities to better use their resources for enforcing age restricted products, the code supports the Government’s continuing drive to eliminate the bureaucracy burden affecting businesses throughout the UK…

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