Royal Charter

The CIPP was granted it’s Royal Charter in March 2011. Royal Charters have been granted since 1231 and over 1,000 have been issued of which approximately 750 remain in existence. In the context of professional bodies, charters are granted to those ‘can demonstrate pre-eminence, stability and permanence in a particular field’ and that they are working in the public interest. Royal Charters are granted by the monarch on the advice of the Privy Council.

The Royal Charter sets out the purpose (referred to as ‘the objects’) of our Institute and the framework within which we operate.

Amendments to our Charter can only be made with the agreement of the King in Council and amendments to Bye-Laws must be approved by the Privy Council. All such amendments must have prior approval of Members (via a ‘Special Resolution’ at a General Meeting of Members’). Since 2011 the CIPP has carried through amendments to its Charter and Bye Laws on two occasions - once in 2016 and again in 2022.

Copies of the Royal Charter and any amendments and additions can be found below.

Latest version of the Royal Charter

CIPP Royal Charter, Bye-laws and Regulations (Updated November 2016)



Schedule of amendments to Royal Charter (November 2016)


Schedule of amendments to Bye-laws (November 2016)