The Nationwide Caterers Association (NCASS) along with the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) and the Association of Festival Organisers (AFO) have begun a month long consultation on a proposed Cashless Code of Practice (COP), with the aim of getting the COP in place in time for the 2017 events season.

As Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), or cashless, continues to grow, the associations have decided to develop a code of practice that will give festivalgoers, traders and organisers clarity on how to develop their products.

Cashless systems remove the need for cash on site with festivalgoers pre-loading money onto their accounts which then gets transferred onto wristbands or cards. They reduce the opportunity for theft, help with crowd management and safety and reduce queues for bars and food for festivalgoers.

This proposed Cashless Code of Practice aims to enable responsible event organisers to enhance their customer experience by using RFID systems should they choose to.

The consultation began on December 1, 2016, and lasts for two month. RFID providers, event organisers and traders are being invited to contribute to the consultation to ensure the associations have the most robust and workable document possible.

Mark Laurie, director of NCASS, said: “This code will hopefully provide the clarity and peace of mind required for RFID technology to flourish in the UK events industry and improve customer experiences.”

The consultation ends on January 31, 2017.