CIfA Standards and guidance review


A thorough review of the CIfA Standards and guidance (content, design, format, usability, and accessibility) is now underway and a new look suite of documents will be available towards the end of 2022. The newly established CIfA Professional Standards Advisory Panel (PSAP) met for the first-time in August 2020 to get the project underway. The panel is made up of accredited professionals from across the UK and Republic of Ireland representing a variety of different organisations and roles/specialisms. The panel will provide their experience, expertise, and counsel to help support the work undertaken by CIfA staff members, in addition to supplementing the advice and feedback already received from the CIfA Special Interest Groups. As the project progresses, additional members will be added (where necessary), and wider consultations undertaken – so there will be an opportunity to have your say about proposed changes in 2022.

The aim of the review is to look in more detail at the structure, format, and content of the Standards and guidance and their relationship to the Code of conduct. Redesigning them as a digital resource will be explored to facilitate wider use and better cross-referencing with other resources and good practice examples. This resulting suite of Standards and guidance will ensure that the information presented is:  

  • up to date with current practice
  • relevant beyond the UK
  • user friendly and accessible
  • presented clearly with easy reference to good practice guidance examples, resources and case studies
  • easier to maintain and update

A number of projects either currently underway or recently completed also complement this work, with additional projects planned for the months ahead involving collaboration with the CIfA Special Interest and Area groups. Further updates will be provided as the project progresses. Please contact for further details.