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Professional Conduct

CIEEM aims to promote high professional standards and to ensure public confidence in the professional service offered by all its members. All members of CIEEM are required through their contract of membership to abide by the Code of Professional Conduct ('the Code'). This includes the need to maintain up-to-date records of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

CPD is the means by which ecologists and environmental managers maintain and improve their knowledge and skills and develop the personal qualities required in their professional lives. More details about the CPD requirement, and guidance on planning professional development, are located in the Members' Area.

A copy of the Code together with CIEEM’s Disciplinary Procedures can be found below:


Making A Complaint

We strongly advise that you read FAQs - If you are considering making a complaint in conjunction with the Disciplinary Procedures before completing a Complaints Form.

For any complaints received on or after 1st June 2016 the new version of the Code applies. However a member may not be found in breach of the Code if a complaint refers to a past event or piece of work (i.e. one that took place before the 1st June 2016) where it can be shown that the alleged breach would not have been a breach under the version of the Code applying at the time.

If you are the Subject of a Complaint

If you find yourself the subject of a complaint then you will find some helpful advice and information about the complaints process here: FAQs - If you are the subject of a complaint.

Disciplinary Hearings

Disciplinary Hearings are held as required. Anyone wishing to attend should contact the Secretariat for dates and times. Members of the public are not allowed to participate at hearings, but may attend as observers, if they have notified the Secretariat in advance of their intention to attend.

CIEEM publishes the findings of Disciplinary Hearings where a complaint has been upheld.

In Practice Articles

The following articles from recent editions of In Practice highlight some of the issues and may be of interest.

Fraudulent Claims of Membership (In Practice 79, March 2013) Changes to Members’ Professional Conduct Requirements (In Practice 81, September 2013)