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11 OCT 2021

RICS sets new standards of conduct

Revised rules highlight transparency, ethical behaviour and sustainability

  • New Rules of Conduct to underpin confidence of clients, markets and the public
  • Principles and standards of professional practice set out for RICS members worldwide
  • New emphasis on diversity and inclusion
  • Focus on sustainability in professional development to help clients meet climate targets

Revised ethical rules are launched today (Monday 11 October) by RICS, the global professional body for chartered surveyors. The new Rules of Conduct set out the core principles of professional practice for RICS’ regulated members and firms worldwide. Changes include explicit requirements for firms to encourage diversity and to ensure a fair and inclusive profession, and to support all surveyors regardless of their background or differences, across the world.

The new code also sets out refreshed requirements for professionals maintaining their skills and expertise – most importantly, including new expectations for all members in respect of advice on sustainability issues, helping clients in the drive to meet targets set by governments.

The rules were set by RICS’ independent Standards and Regulation Board (SRB).  The launch follows a nine-week consultation with RICS global members, clients and the public.

The updated rules pull a collection of documents into one easy-to-read code of practice, increasing clarity and simplifying implementation. The new code will be accompanied by a comprehensive programme of CPD and implementation support, freely available for RICS members, ahead of the rules taking effect from 2 February 2022.

Dame Janet Paraskeva, chair of SRB at RICS, said:

 “The advice of RICS professionals around the world underpins the successful management of our built and natural environment. With so many complex challenges facing decision makers, this profession’s high standards of expertise and ethical conduct have never been more important.

“Standards in professional life must evolve to reflect modern-day expectations of clients and society at large, in order to maintain confidence. These revised Rules of Conduct will support our members and those that depend on their advice to continue addressing the challenges of today and tomorrow”



RICS Members can access the free training course “Introduction to the New Rules of Conducthere.

About RICS

We are RICS. Everything we do is designed to effect positive change in the built and natural environments. Through our respected global standards, leading professional progression and our trusted data and insight, we promote and enforce the highest professional standards in the development and management of land, real estate, construction and infrastructure.

Our work with others provides a foundation for confident markets, pioneers better places to live and work and is a force for positive social impact.


John Bayliss, Media Relations Officer: or 0207 695 1540