Policy paper

Sale of knives: voluntary agreement by retailers

Voluntary agreement with major retailers on a set of principles to prevent the underage sale of knives in their stores and through their websites.

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This document sets out a voluntary agreement by a number of major retailers and the principles that they will follow to:

  • prevent the sale of knives to under 18s
  • ensure that knives are safely displayed and packaged

The government will work with the British Retail Consortium to extend this agreement to other retailers.

Published 23 March 2016
Last updated 7 February 2018 + show all updates
  1. List of retailers updated to include Debenhams who signed up to the agreement in February 2018.
  2. List of retailers updated to include TK Maxx, who signed up to the agreement on 9 February 2017.
  3. Updated to reflect the following changes: On 22 December 2016 Boots, Aldi, Co-op and B&Q joined the other retailers which joined on 23 March 2016. As of 22 December the government agreed to introduce legislation to extend the Primary Authority scheme to knives as soon as Parliamentary time allows. The government has also met with the British Retail Consortium to discuss the Trust Elevate age verification tool.
  4. Updated list of retailers who have signed up to the voluntary agreement.
  5. First published.