The ICF Code of Conduct is the foundation upon which chartered status is built. All members of the Institute are required to adhere to, and promote this code, in order to uphold the integrity and reputation of the profession of forestry and arboriculture and to safeguard the public interest in matters of safety and health and otherwise.

The ICF Code of Conduct is composed of 6 key standards. The sections below set out some behaviours and questions you could ask yourself when considering if your conduct meets professional standards.

Standard 1 – Act with integrity

Standard 2 – Always provide a high standard of service

Standard 3 – Treat others with respect

Standard 4 – Take responsibility

Standard 5 – Act in a way that promotes trust in the profession

Standard 6 – Have regard for sustainability throughout your work

Complaints and Discipline

The Institute’s Complaints Panel considers complaints from the public against its members, in relation to their adherence to the ICF Code of Conduct. All communication on matters relating to a complaint against a member must be made in writing to the Secretary of the Institute. Visit our Guidance for Making a Complaint page for further information.

The ICF Complaints Panel is currently chaired by Mr John Warren, a retired employment judge, in addition to senior members of the Institute. The Appeals Board is chaired by Dr Charles Mynors, a barrister specialising in planning and ecclesiastical law, with particular expertise in trees.