The Appeals Process

Appeals provide a key route for holding regulators to account and giving parties a right of challenge. The BBFC has unrivalled experience in administering an independent appeals process for the classification of video, and we’re also required to administer an independent appeals process as the age-verification regulator under Pt 3 of the Digital Economy Act 2017 (DEA).

Under s16 of the DEA, the BBFC must maintain arrangements for appeals to which subsection (6) applies. Any person hearing an appeal under these arrangements will be independent of the BBFC.

Under s16(6) of the Act, appeals may be made to the Independent Appeals Panel:

• by a person to whom an enforcement notice has been given under section 19(2) against the giving of that notice

• by a person identified as the non-complying person in a notice given under section 21 against the giving of that notice

• by an internet service provider to whom a notice has been given under section 23(1) against the giving of that notice

• by a person identified as the non-complying person in a notice given to an internet service provider under section 23(1) against the giving of that notice

The BBFC will publish details of notification action taken against online commercial pornography services and the outcome of any appeals in the Results section of this website.

Details on how to submit an appeal to the Independent Appeals Panel, will be made available before the law comes into force.

Appeals Statement in relation to the Proposal for the Designation of Age-Verification Regulator

Before you submit an appeal to the Independent Appeals Panel, you will be able to appeal through our internal appeal system.

When the law comes into force, you will be able to request an internal appeal using a contact form on this page.