Rating and dating system
In countries such as Australia and Singapore, an official government body decides on ratings; in other countries, such as the United States, it is done by industry committees with little if any official government status.
In most countries, however, films that are considered morally offensive have been censored, restricted, or banned.
A film may be produced with a particular rating in mind.
It may be re-edited if the desired rating is not obtained, especially to avoid a higher rating than intended.
Most countries have some form of rating system, typically carrying age recommendations in an advisory or restrictive capacity ranging up to adulthood, and are often given in lieu of censorship.
The only exception is in the case of "16" rated films, since under Austrian law there is a legal age restriction on certain types of content i.e.discrimination, sexual abuse, glorification of violence etc.There are only two classifications for films publicly exhibited in Belgium issued by the Inter-Community Commission for Film Rating (Dutch: Intergemeenschapscommissie voor de Filmkeuring; French: Commission Intercommunautaire de Contrôle des Films).Films are prohibited to minors under the age of 16 unless passed by the commission.There is no mandatory rating system for video formats but 90% of video distribution abides by the voluntary Belgium Video Federation.
Key: Through its Advisory Commission of Cinematographic Exhibition (Comisión Asesora de Exhibición Cinematográfica) the National Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts (INCAA) issues ratings for films based on the following categories: Films intended to inform, educate or instruct or concerned with sport, religion or music are exempt from classification provided they do not contain material that would result in an "M" rating or higher if submitted for classification.