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IfA Codes, Standards and Guidelines

IfA has developed a range of Codes, Standards and Guidelines that are binding on all members and Registered Organisations to ensure that IfA members work to high ethical and professional standards. These documents are listed below.

IfA codes, standards and guidelines (pdf files, unless where stated)

Memorandum and articles of association


Code of conduct Code of approved practice for the regulation of contractual arrangements in archaeology Disciplinary regulations Regulations for the registration of organisations Groups by-law


Introduction to standards and guidance Standard and guidance for archaeological advice by historic environment services Standard and guidance for the creation, compilation, transfer and deposition of archaeological archives Standard and guidance for the archaeological investigation and recording of standing buildings or structures Standard and guidance for the collection, documentation, conservation and research of archaeological materials Standard and guidance for commissioning work on, or providing consultancy advice on, archaeology and the historic environment Standard and guidance for historic environment desk-based assessment Standard and guidance for excavation Standard and guidance for field evaluation Standard and guidance for forensic archaeologists Standard and guidance for geophysical survey Standard and guidance for nautical archaeological recording and reconstruction Standard and guidance for stewardship of the historic environment Standard and guidance for an archaeological watching brief Appendices to standards

Policy statements

Policy statements document:
Equal opportunities
Health and safety
Volunteers and students on archaeological projects
Environmental protection
Self-employment and the use of self-employed contractors
The use of training posts on archaeological projects
Data protection policy statement

Risk assessment documents

Risk assessment template - guidance notes Risk assessment: minor works (Word .doc format) Risk assessment: larger projects (Word .doc format)

See also: Other organisations’ guidelines

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