Requirements Of Membership

LegalEmployment Agency Act 1973 To be fully conversant and compliant
DBS checksRequired for all employees with any dealings with minors
GDPR Compliance
Border AgencyModels cannot be brought into the UK on tourist visas with the intent of finding work
Lewis Silkin compliance guide. BFC to spot check passports for visa evidence
Registered companyRequirement to be a UK Registered company i.e. no sole traders
No disqualified directorCompanies House search
Signed model agreementsMust be kept up to date
Confirmation of BookingsMust be issued for all jobs, whether free or paid
No collusion on pricingCMA Guidelines
FinanceSolvencyThe agency must not be trading insolvently. Bank or accountant reference required
TransparencyThere must be absolute financial transparency about model earnings and agency fees
Model statementsRequired to be produced and sent monthly
Model client accountMust be confirmed by bank
Not trading on models' money
Payment within 10 working days of receipt of client money
Charging only one sourceCannot bill the model as well as the client
VATAppropriate application of VAT
FETWitholding tax must be applied where appropriate
AuditAnnual inspection by an authorised accountant or auditor
TradingThree years' tradingFiled accounts with Companies House
Trade referenceTwo bona fide references required, one trade and one professional e.g. lawyer, accountant
Published Ts and CsConsistent with BFMAA requirements
Equality of OpportunityContained within agency policy
Manage models' careers to maximise potentialEvidence of appropriate resources and materials
Acting only as an agentAgency to be visited for approval
Sole income derived through models' earnings
No modelling school
No paid for portfolio 'photographic' services
WelfareModel agency requirementsHealth and well-being - BEAT attendance
Referral policy for eating disorders, drug or alcohol abuse
Financial advice and support
Clear route for models to report, in confidence, any incidents of harassment or abuse
Ensure professional scouting behaviour
Appropriate chaperone policy
ClientsRequirements from clientsClear route for models to report, in confidence, any incidents of harassment and abuse
Being mindful and ensuring where possible the health and well-being of the employed model (whatever the fee) during the employed task
To ensure that there are no injurious practices in relation to a model’s health e.g. excessive exposure (including frequency) to flash photography, over long or late days etc
Ensuring that no illegal are unethical practices are undertaken during the working day
That each casting and employed engagement provides a clear route for models to report, in confidence, any incidents of harassment or abuse
That any models under the age of 16 are required a chaperone
That there are no under age catwalk models
That in the case of minors (under the age of 18), all work and working conditions are age appropriate
Any drastic change of image is pre-agreed by the agency, ensuring authority and clear consent
Any nudity is pre-agreed by the agency, ensuing authority and clear consent
No models under the age of 16 are employed to promote age inappropriate clothing (including, but not limited to catwalks, advertising, lookbooks, ecommerce)
Suitable working conditions e.g. appropriate changing facilities, temperature control, meal breaks with nutritious food and drink, appropriate changing conditions, accommodation and transport provision where necessary
That no-one in the employment of the organisation, whether full time or freelance will exert any abuse of power or perceived power
That public liability and work appropriate insurance is in place for working models