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RTPI publishes updated Code of Conduct

Words: Laura Edgar

The RTPI has published an updated Code of Conduct, which comes into effect today (11 February).

The update follows advice from the Membership and Ethics Committee, the Conduct and Discipline Panel and from wider discussion with members.

The institute’s Board of Trustees agreed the changes at its February meeting.

The RTPI’s five key principles that govern professional behaviours, ethics and practice of planners remain in place and are strengthened by additional clauses while the “fundamental” requirement for members to “‘exercise fearlessly and impartially their independent professional judgement to the best of their skill and understanding’” remains a central part of the code.

To help members use the code, consolidated supporting guidance and illustrative case studies will be provided by the RTPI. The guidance is expected to be completed by April.

Colin Haylock, chair of the Membership and Ethics Committee, said: “We work in a profession that must continue to inspire trust and confidence to deliver the ‘public interest’ objective of our Royal Charter.

“As part of its work to ensure members do this the institute follows good practice and regularly peer-reviews its documentation regarding professional standards and competence. We have just completed streamlining our complaints procedure, and this review of the code is another vital project to help professionals do their job with clear and helpful support.”

Key changes that have been made to the code include:

  • Competence, honesty and integrity - Existing clauses have been reordered and new practice includes: responsibility of managers to support the CPD of other professional employees; undertaking work within scope of competence; and not offering or accepting inducements to influence decisions or professional views.

  • Independent professional judgement - Existing clauses have been reordered and new practice includes disclosure of RTPI membership as a mark of professional standing. The expectation to act fearlessly and impartially is retained following support from members during last year’s consultation.

Other changes can be viewed on the RTPI website.

The updated code can be found here (pdf).