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This section contains documents relating to ICAEW’s governance, including the Royal Charter and Bye-laws that regulate ICAEW’s affairs.

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). The 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.

The Disciplinary Bye-laws (DBLs) are the rules that apply to ICAEW's disciplinary arrangements. 

The Principal Bye-laws, which are consistent with the provisions of the Supplemental Charter, regulate ICAEW's affairs.

Read more about the processes and regulations for the investigation of complaints, disciplinary action and appeals.

Regulation has been central to ICAEW’s work for more than 130 years. ICAEW’s regulatory role and professional standards activities are overseen by the ICAEW Regulatory Board (IRB) and are distinct from the ICAEW’s representative role.

Amendments to the Royal Charter and Bye-Laws are made periodically, following agreement from the Members of ICAEW and the Privy Council. Previous versions of the Royal Charter and Principal Bye-Laws are available here:

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