Codes of Conduct

Codes of Conduct in Europe

Content of the codes of conduct in relation to the E.U. Services Directive

The following is an examination of content of the codes of conduct regarding the European Union Servicies Directive [1]:

Content of the codes of conduct: Codes of conduct

With respect to the regulated professions, codes of conduct should establish a minimum set of rules concerning professional ethics and conduct aimed at ensuring, in particular, independence, impartiality and professional secrecy, as well as rules on commercial communications, and – where appropriate – insurance requirements. Such codes should contain the principles which are at the core of the exercise of regulated professions in Europe, such as professional independence, confidentiality, honesty, integrity and dignity.

Rules provided in the codes of conduct should normally apply both to the provision of services across-border as well as to the provision of services in the territory where the service provider is established, the aim being to establish a common set of rules at European level and not to draw a distinction between national and cross-border provision of services. In order to ensure the quality of the codes of conduct, their acceptability by service providers and recipients and the respect of competition rules and Internal Market principles, the professional associations need to conform to principles of inclusiveness, transparency, efficiency and accountability. Furthermore, one of the challenges of such codes would also be their concrete implementation, in order to ensure that application of these minimum sets of rules can be enforced in practice.



  1. Information on content of the codes of conduct based on the EU Services Directive Handbook, UK Government

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