Code of Compliance

The FCSA operates a best practice Code of Compliance designed to ensure that its Accredited Members provide services, advice and employment to the highest level of professional and ethical standards in the UK.

New applicants for Accredited Membership are required to demonstrate how they adhere to FCSA’s Code of Compliance, to provide the necessary supporting evidence as well as providing certain additional information.

The declaration and information provided will be subject to independent testing by regulated accountants and solicitors. Appointed assessors are themselves tested by FCSA to ensure that they are experts with sufficient in-depth knowledge of the sector. FCSA Accredited Members must pass annual testing in order to retain their accredited status.   

For recruitment agencies, the FCSA Code of Compliance provides complete peace of mind when selecting umbrella employers, contractor accountants and CIS payroll providers for their preferred supplier list for the following reasons:

  • The FCSA Code of Compliance has been developed by Ernst & Young, in consultation with HMRC, and is available to the public on the FCSA website.
  • All FCSA Accredited Members are tested annually against the FCSA Code of Compliance by independent, carefully selected assessors.
  • The assessors are top-tier regulated accountants and solicitors bound by their own professional standards and code of conduct and are independent of the FCSA.
  • The assessors are experts in the sector and are carefully selected by the FCSA.
  • The FCSA Code of Compliance is continually updated to reflect current legislation.
  • Non-compliance by FCSA Accredited Members results in the suspension or termination of FCSA Accredited Membership.

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