Age verification regulatory sandbox: template for proposals

Applications for this regulatory sandbox for the trial of age verification technology and innovation should complete the following template online.

If you are unable to complete this template online please contact the Home Office by email at

The proposal must contain the following information, any word limits provided are a maximum for that section.

1. The identity of the lead organisation for the sandbox trial

(A proposal may be submitted by multiple organisations in partnership, but one must be named as the lead organisation.)


2. A description of the innovation to be tested or trialled (400 words)

(This section must include a detailed description of the problem or challenge that the innovation is seeking to address and how, in the opinion of the applicant, the innovation will seek to address that problem or challenge.)



3. Details of the impact on compliance with the Objectives set out in the Licensing Act 2003 (400 words)

(The proposal must include a description of the impact that solving the problem or challenge will have on promoting or enhancing one or more of the Licensing Objectives.) *


4. A description of ethical and vulnerability challenges (400 words)

(The proposal must show that the applicant has considered any ethical challenges and vulnerability issues presented by the proposed test or trial, including how the applicant seeks to manage the ethics and vulnerabilities, including data ethics.) *


5. A description of the how the trial will be evaluated (400 words)

(The application must set out how the test or trial will be assessed, independently validated and the results reported, including how these will be made publicly available.) *


6. A description of how the trial will contribute to the development of industry standards (400 words)

(The proposal must show consideration of how the test or trial will contribute to knowledge, the development of industry standards and supporting improvements in guidance, legislation or the regulatory environment in the future.) *


7. Details of where the trial will take place and who will be involved

(The proposal must clearly set out who the applicant considers will be involved in the test or trial, the specific location or locations involved. The proposal must also provide evidence of how the applicant has secured the involvement of relevant responsible authorities.)



8. Details of how the proposal will work alongside current legislation

(The applicant should set out the relevant mandatory conditions under the Licensing Act 2003 that the trial will seek to address through the use of techonology. The proposal should describe how they have sought to mitigate potential non-compliance with those conditions.)


9. Timetable

(The proposal must set out the proposed timetable for the test or trial. A trial can take place over a shorter time period if it will provide sufficient evidence for the purposes of evaluation.) *


10. Project management

(The applicant must provide details of how the proposed test or trial will be managed.) *