Professional conduct and complaints procedures

Maintaining standards in practice and professional ethics

CIfA's accredited members (PCIfA, ACIfA and MCIfA) and Registered Organisations have agreed to be bound by an ethical code, have demonstrated necessary technical and ethical competence, and are subject to the oversight of peers.

Our professional conduct process and its sanctions provide that oversight, underpinning an institute’s primary function of public and consumer protection, ensuring that clients and society in general receive the best possible service from the profession. In fulfilling this role, the Institute also protects the reputation of the remainder of its membership.

It is not just public or clients who may raise allegations. It is important that individuals and/or organisations are able to raise their concerns with CIfA if they believe our members/archaeologists and/or Registered Organisations have failed to comply with the Code of conduct and/or supporting regulations.

Complaints or allegations are dealt with in accordance with the Regulations for professional conduct and the Registered Organisations complaints procedure.

The Code of conduct and regulations are available on the Regulations, standards and guidance page

Complaints can also be made against CIfA which can come about from dissatisfaction about any aspect of CIfA’s services, including actions of a member of staff or individual member of the Board of Directors or Advisory Council.

Click the links below for more information about making a complaint and our professional conduct process

  • Making a complaint
  • The professional conduct process
  • Dissemination of complaints and allegations
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