The UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.

The ICO is committed to encouraging the development of codes of conduct and will provide advice and support from the start on: 

  • meeting the necessary criteria;
  • the requirements of the GDPR; and
  • complex areas of data protection.

We welcome informal discussions with organisations as part of your development of your code of conduct and prior to formal submission. You are therefore strongly encouraged to contact us at codesofconduct@ico.org.uk.

About this detailed guidance

This guidance discusses codes of conduct in detail. Read it if you have detailed questions not answered in the guide, or if you need a deeper understanding. This guidance will be useful for organisations considering writing, monitoring or signing up to a code of conduct.

If you haven’t yet read the codes of conduct 'in brief' in the guide, you should read that first. It sets out the key points you need to know regarding codes of conduct.

How do we develop a code of conduct

How do we gain monitoring body accreditation?

How do we become a code member?

Submission and application

UK-approved GDPR codes of conduct