The Disciplinary Bye-laws (DBLs) govern the way in which complaints are investigated by ICAEW’s Conduct Department (CD) and the procedures governing the Conduct, Tribunals, Appeal and Fitness to Practise Committees.
The Disciplinary Bye-laws effective 1 June 2023 have been updated and reduced from 49 to 16. The provisions dealing with process have been transferred out of the Disciplinary Bye-laws (DBLs) and moved into the Investigation and Disciplinary Regulations (IDRs). Core requirements, such as ICAEW member and firm obligations (for example the duty to report misconduct) remain within the DBLs. These changes have been made as part of a wider project, led by the ICAEW Regulatory Board to clarify processes and improve overall transparency and accessibility.