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Charter and bye-laws

All that ICAEW does and is responsible for – the provision of education and training, the maintenance of professional standards and delivering technical excellence in the public interest - is defined by its Royal Charter.

The Royal Charter (PDF) was originally awarded in 1880 and substantially amended in 1948 (PDF).

Our bye-laws and regulations set out how we do this and how we operate.

Explanatory notes (PDF) give more information about ICAEW's incorporation by Royal Charter; the granting of the Supplemental Charter; amendments made to the Supplemental Charter since 1957; and ICAEW's powers to make new bye-laws and to rescind or vary existing bye-laws.