code of ethics & professional conduct for APID Members


1. This code and its accompanying guidance notes set out and explain the standards of professional conduct and practice that the APID requires of its members.

2. This code comprises:
• Three principles of professional conduct
• Professional values that support those principles
• Guidance Notes which explain how the principles can be upheld.

The Association of Professional Interior Designers Values

Honesty, integrity and competency, as well as concern for others and for the environment, are the foundations of the APID's three principles of professional conduct set out below. All members of APID are required to comply.


The Three Principles

Principle 1: Integrity
Members shall act with honesty and integrity at all times.

Principle 2: Competence
In the performance of their work Members shall act competently, conscientiously and responsibly. Members must be able to provide the knowledge, the ability and the financial and technical resources appropriate for their work.

Principle 3: Relationships
Members shall respect the relevant rights and interests of others.

Upholding the Principles

The notes below offer some brief guidance on how members can uphold the three principles.

1. Principle 1 - Honesty and Integrity

  • APID expects its Members to act with impartiality, responsibility and truthfulness at all times in their professional and business activities.1.

  • Members should not allow themselves to be improperly influenced either by their own or others self-interest.

  • Members should not be a party to any statement which they know to be untrue, misleading, unfair to others or contrary to their own professional knowledge.

  • Members should avoid conflicts of interest. If a conflict arises, they should declare it to those parties affected and either remove its cause, or withdraw from that situation.

  • Members should respect confidentiality and the privacy of others.

  • Members should not offer or take bribes in connection with their professional work.

2. Principle 2 - Competence

  • Members are expected to apply high standards of skill, knowledge and care in all their work. They must also apply their informed and impartial judgment in reaching any decisions, which may require members having to balance differing and sometimes opposing demands (for example, the stakeholders interests with the community's and the projects capital costs with its overall performance)1.

  • Members should realistically appraise their ability to undertake and achieve any proposed work. They should also make their clients aware of the likelihood of achieving the clients requirements and aspirations. If members feel they are unable to comply with this, they should not quote for, or accept the work.

  • Members should ensure that their terms of appointment, the scope of their work and the essential project requirements are clear and recorded in writing. They should explain to their clients the implications of any conditions of engagement and how their fees are to be calculated and charged. Members should maintain appropriate records throughout their engagement.

  • Members should keep their clients informed of the progress of a project and of the key decisions made on the clients behalf.

  • Members are expected to use their best endeavours to meet the clients agreed time, cost and quality requirements for the project.

3. Principle 3 - Relationships

  • Members should respect the beliefs and opinions of other people, recognize social diversity and treat everyone fairly. They should also have a proper concern and due regard for the effect that their work may have on its users and the local community.

  • Members should be aware of the environmental impact of their work.

  • Members are expected to comply with good employment practice in their capacity as an employer or an employee.

  • Where members are engaged in ay form of competition to win work or awards, they should act fairly and honestly with potential clients and competitors. Any competition process in which they are participating must be know to be reasonable, transparent and impartial . If members find this not to be the case, they should endeavour to rectify the competition process or withdraw.

  • Members are expected to have in place (or have access to) effective procedures for dealing promptly and appropriately with disputes or complaints.


1. Contraventions of this Code
Any member who contravenes this Code shall in accordance with APID be liable to reprimand, suspension or expulsion. The power to sanction a member for professional misconduct is exercised by the Disciplinary committee on behalf of the APID Council through a delegation of authority
2. Remit
Members conduct outside the practice of Interior Design will not normally fall within the remit of this Code and APID's procedures, unless the Disciplinary Committee determines that such conduct generally offends against the honour and integrity of the profession
3. Judgments from External Competent Authorities
A judgment from a competent court or tribunal against a member in his or her professional capacity as an Interior Designer may be considered sufficient evidence of a breach of this code.
4. Investigations
Any member, against whom a complaint of professional misconduct as been received, may be required to answer inquiries arising under the Disciplinary Procedure Regulations. At the conclusion of an investigation, the Disciplinary Committee may reprimand, suspend or expel any member whose conduct is found to be in contravention of this Code or otherwise inconsistent with the status of a member.
5. The Association shall have a separate legal identity wholly distinct from that of its members including founding members.