Film and Publication Board profile

Our vision is to be a credible and visible content-classification authority.

Our mission is to ensure efficient and effective consumer protection through regulation of media content, while empowering the public, especially children, through robust information sharing.

We regulate the media environment through the classification of content by:

  • maintaining relevance to the values and norms of South African society through scientific research;
  • balancing the right to freedom of expression with an obligation to protect children from exposure to potentially disturbing, harmful and inappropriate materials; and
  • protecting children from sexual exploitation in media content in order to educate the broader South African society to make informed choices.

The Films and Publications Act (No 65 of 1996) as amended establishes the Film and Publication Board. The objectives of this Act are to:

  • regulate the creation, production, possession, and distribution of certain publications and certain films by means of classification, the imposition of age restrictions, and giving of consumer advice; and
  • make exploitative use of children in pornographic publications, films, or on the internet punishable.


Terms of references

Terms of references for PR Agencies Online Regulation Policy

Back-2-School Campaign Launch

The FPB will launch its cyber-safety Back-2-School Campaign in Sandton on Safer Internet Day, 10 February 2015.READ MORE >
MEDIA RELEASE 19/02/15 >


The FPB has the following vacancies available:
Chief Financial Officer.

50 Shades of Grey Q&A

Film and Publication Board: 50 Shades of Grey Question and Answer sheet

Board Rating: 50 Shades of Grey

The Film and Publication Board (FPB) notes complaints and concerns from certain sectors of society, regarding the 16 LNS rating of the Film 50 shades of Grey, in particular that the rating be increased to 18.READ MORE >

Latest Tenders

View our latest tenders: Production of the FPB's annual report and Online Regulation Terms of Reference.READ MORE >

Submitted Bids

View the submitted bids for tender RFT06/2014: production of annual report, abridged annual report and multimedia. DOWNLOAD >

Annual Report 2013/2014

View the FPB's latest Annual Report. READ MORE >


You are hereby notified of an increase on classification and registration fees which will take effect on 07 April 2014.

Frequently Asked Questions

All you need to know regarding Classification.



Report Child Pornography

Report Anonymously any material you find that you think includes images of child pornography.

Or you can make a report via the telephone hotline on 0800 148 148.


Report Fraud

Report any fraud and corruption related activities to 0800 701 701

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