We work with our partners and the Metropolitan Police and carry out inspections. These aim to assess retailer behaviour and their age verification systems.

This could include:

  • detection dogs
  • test purchase operations using volunteer young persons
  • Proof of Age or Challenge 21/25 test purchases

We provide support to local retailers to help with age verification procedures. These include:

  • free business advice
  • posters
  • refusals books

You can find out more about the Proof of Age Standards Scheme (PASS) and Challenge 21/25 by visiting:

Trading Standards works hard to prevent sales of restricted goods to children. These include:

  • alcohol
  • cigarettes
  • tobacco
  • e-cigarettes
  • knives
  • corrosives

Part of our work is to assist businesses to prevent these sales by providing advice and guidance to them. 

Visit the National Business Crime Centre website for more information

If you are a business that would like help to stop underage sales, you can send an email to Sutton Trading Standards.