Archaeologists study and care for the historic environment. Professional archaeologists are those who have demonstrated their competence and have committed to maintain it, who act in the public interest, and who have agreed to be answerable to the Code of conduct.
Approaches to the regulation of archaeology vary around the world: laws and government policy may be weak or strong, but universally archaeologists who are professional subscribe to higher technical and ethical standards that the law - or the market - demand. They have agreed to regulate themselves.
CIfA provides archaeologists with the organisation, structures and mechanisms for self-regulation. This means that as a profession, we take responsibility for the assurance of the quality of our work, monitor it, and hold members to account. We do this ourselves, without direct regulation by government.