Professional Standards    

Ethical, qualified and approved

Professional bodies build their reputation by being as much concerned with the standards their members offer the public and businesses as they are with looking after their members. Professional bodies demand high standards of practice and ethical conduct from their members.

Most professional bodies have codes of conduct and ethical codes for the guidance of their members. In certain areas, where it is considered a matter of public interest, there is statutory legislation, or supervision of the professional body by a statutory body. In the case of auditors, solicitors and many others, membership of an appropriate professional body is a legal prerequisite to work in the profession. The conduct procedures of some professional bodies such as for medicine, the legal profession and financial services, must conform to the European Convention on Human Rights.

To join a professional body, individuals must meet the standards set for entry and some expect some form of work experience and members may be required to complete continuing professional education to maintain their membership.

Members who fall short of meeting these standards are usually held to account and may be disciplined.

However, although most professional bodies regulate all their members, some regulate only certain categories, so it is important to check the website details and the level of membership of a professional before you agree a contract with them.

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