Code of Professional Conduct

As the professional body for all linguists, CIOL represents the language profession in all fields and sectors.

Setting the standard

CIOL sets and maintains high standards of entry for membership and requires all members and honorary members (irrespective of grade), plus Chartered Linguists from CIOL and other qualifying organisations, to adhere to the general principles as set out in the code. These principles act as benchmarks for the conduct expected of a professional linguist who is a CIOL member and/or Chartered Linguist.

Protecting members and the public

The code is designed to afford protection to both members and the public and is approved by Council.

The current version entered into force on 1 September 2017.


Investigation and Conduct Procedures (formerly the Disciplinary Procedures)

The above code underpins CIOL’s Investigation and Conduct Procedures - ICPs, introduced in October 2018 and replacing the Disciplinary Procedures 2013. If you believe a member or Chartered Linguist is in  breach of the code please read the ICPs and then complete the eligibility form (accessible via the link to the Investigation and Conduct Procedures below). This will determine whether or not your complaint meets the threshold for the issue to be investigated.