Statement on CIfA and the role of the archaeological advisor to spatial planning and heritage regulators

CIfA has recently sought to clarify the role of CIfA and archaeological advisors within the spatial planning and other heritage consent processes. The statement, which you can read in full here, considers how the Code of Conduct, Standards and guidance, and the promotion of a culture of self-discipline, as well as recourse to professional conduct procedures creates an improved culture of high quality working which assists archaeological advisors in their role.

CIfA understands that the advisor’s role is vital, allowing not only the implementation of CIfA standards, but also the application of local reporting requirements, more detailed specialist local, regional or national knowledge, and specification of work. Use of CIfA standards allows this role to be undertaken with less monitoring, fewer corrections, and shared responsibilities for holding practitioners to account. Similarly, CIfA standards for archaeological advice provide a professional justification for adhering to good practice where other interests may pressurise.

The statement characterises the relationship between professional standards and the authority of the advisor as one of alliance, providing greater authority in the promotion of integrity, transparency, and support of high professional standards.   

You can read the full statement here: