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Disciplinary process

Disciplinary process

RICS takes disciplinary action to protect the public interest and safeguard the reputation of the profession.

If an investigation has revealed a serious matter supported by evidence, we will consider taking disciplinary action against the member of the profession or registered firm.

Our options range from cautions to expulsions from the profession and the deregistration of firms. We do this to protect the public and safeguard the reputation of the profession.

The RICS Charter and Byelaws allow the Regulatory Board to make rules about the use of our disciplinary powers. These rules are called the Disciplinary, Registration and Appeal Panel Rules. These set out our processes, the decisions we can take and regulatory actions available to us.

For less serious cases where the member or firm admits allegations, we can use a consent order to ensure future compliance with our standards.

For the most serious issues it may be necessary for us to refer a case to a disciplinary panel, drawn from the independent Conduct and Appeal Committee. The Conduct and Appeal Committee is independent from RICS and the regulatory department.

Find out more about how we regulate