Code of Conduct Consultation

IMPRESS: The Independent Monitor for the Press CIC is the first truly independent regulator of the press in the United Kingdom. We exist to promote the freedom of the press and to encourage high standards in news reporting.

As part of this commitment, IMPRESS is developing a new Code of Conduct that sets out the standards required of IMPRESS representatives.

The Code of Conduct consists of three parts:

  • Part A covers the implementation of the Code of Conduct;
  • Part B is the Nolan principles of public life; and,
  • Part C talks about issues such as conflicts of interest and gifts and hospitality. It includes an Annex with a suggested approach to assessing when it may be appropriate for certain IMPRESS representatives to recuse themselves from decisions.

The IMPRESS Code of Conduct is currently in draft form. After consultation a final version will be published. The Code of Conduct will be regularly reviewed.

Responding to the Consultation

Comments are invited on the six questions included on the Consultation Paper that can be downloaded at the link below. Respondents can answer the questions on the Consultation Paper document and email it to IMPRESS, or answer the questions in a separate email or letter to IMPRESS.

Please email consultation submissions to with the subject line "Code of Conduct Consultation".

The consultation will be open until 9am on 4th September 2017.

Click here for the Consultation Paper.