The professional conduct process

Complaints against individual CIfA members or Registered Organisations

Once an allegation has been received and accepted the professional conduct process is carried out in accordance with the Regulations for professional conduct (PDF file) in the case of an allegation against a member

The stages for the assessment of allegations are:

  • Stage 1: Procedure for making an allegation regarding professional conduct
  • Stage 2: Procedure for receipt of an allegation
  • Stage 3: Procedure for assessment of an allegation
  • Stage 4: Procedure for investigation of an allegation
  • Stage 5: Procedure for considering appeals
  • Stage 6: Reporting and review

CIfA's complaint procedure is operated by peer review. The Institute will appoint relevant individuals to investigate any allegation as set out in the professional conduct process. In all cases the individuals must ensure that they do not have a potentially prejudicial interest in the matter they are appointed to consider.

Formal allegations can take time to resolve. When a completed form is received there are several stages to the process as set out above. All the stages rely on individuals volunteering their time to be involved (peer review) and the individual or organisation being complained about has the right to reply to the allegation and appeal a decision.

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