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.

The most recent changes to the code are outlined here.

Disciplinary Procedures

The above code underpins the CIOL disciplinary procedures.

If you believe a CIOL member or Chartered Linguist may be in breach of the code, you may consider taking the following action:

  1. Read the Code of Professional Conduct
  2. Read the Disciplinary Procedures 
  3. Email the Head of Membership detailing the issue and explaining why you believe the CIOL member or Chartered Linguist may be in breach of the code.