Code of Professional Conduct

All CIPD members must commit to upholding and maintaining the standards and behaviours (‘obligations’) set out in our Code of Professional Conduct (PDF 162 KB).

These obligations are grouped into four areas:

  • Professional Competence and Behaviour
  • Ethical Standards and Integrity
  • Representative of the Profession
  • Stewardship.

These obligations apply universally - at all stages of a CIPD member’s career, regardless of their specialism or the size or sector of the organisation in which they work. The Code of Professional Conduct is supported by Investigation and Conduct procedures that set out how we deal with alleged breaches of the Code.

If you consider the Code to have been breached, please read our Guide to the Investigation and Conduct procedures, which explains the matters that we can consider under the Code.

How to submit alleged breaches of the Code 

The Code of Professional Conduct sets standards for CIPD members as individual professionals. You can submit an allegation if you think a member has breached the code. Please read our Guide to Investigation and Conduct Procedures to help you determine whether or not the CIPD can deal with your concern(s).

We cannot investigate allegations about:

  • people who are not in current membership with the CIPD
  • events that took place more than 12 months ago
  • your current or previous employer, its policies or its application of policies or processes
  • CIPD products or services
  • behaviour that falls outside the Code.

In these cases, please consider talking to one of the alternative contacts listed below.

Before you submit an allegation, please complete our checklist to help determine whether or not we can deal with your enquiry.

Once you have read the Guidance for Investigation and Conduct Procedures and completed the checklist you can call us on 020 8612 6208 or email to confirm whether or not the individual you wish to raise an allegation against is in current membership. You can then contact the Code of Conduct team who will give you a Referral form to complete. You will need to provide supporting evidence for each alleged breach.

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Alternative contacts to help with your dispute 

  • Citizen's Advice Bureau and Citizen's Advice Scotland
    Both offer free independent, confidential advice on a wide range of topics, including benefits and housing, employment rights and discrimination, debt and tax issues.
  • Directgov is the UK government's help and information online service for people in England and Wales. It delivers information and practical advice about public services.
  • The Equality and Human Rights Commission provides advice and information about the laws and rights in the UK about age, disability, gender, race and religion.
    0845 604 6610 (England)
    0845 604 5510 (Scotland)
    0845 604 8810 (Wales)
  • The Information Commissioner’s Office is the UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.
    0303 123 1113 or 01625 545745
  • Acas stands for Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service. Acas aim to improve organisations and working life through better employment relations and supply up-to-date information, independent advice and high quality training. Whether you're an employer or an employee you can get free advice from their website or by calling their telephone helpline.
    0300 123 1100

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