List of professional associations in the United Kingdom

The following is a list of professional bodies in the United Kingdom. Membership of a professional body does not necessarily mean that a person possesses qualifications in the subject area, nor that they are legally able to practice their profession. Many of these bodies also act as learned societies for the academic disciplines underlying their professions.

In cases where membership of or a professional qualification from either a chartered or non-chartered professional body is necessary to practice a profession or to hold a certain title, the European Professional Qualification Directives require that suitably qualified people from other states (without any charter) in the European Union are also allowed to practice or hold a title in the UK and vice versa.


The following professional bodies are incorporated under or with Royal Charter:[1]









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See also


  1. "Charters" (XLS) (Excel spreadsheet). United Kingdom: Privy Council Office. Retrieved 7 March 2014.
  2. "Royal Charter: ABE has been granted a Royal Charter". Association of Building Engineers. July 2013. Retrieved 4 January 2014. On 10th July 2013 our Petition to Her Majesty the Queen ... was granted ...
  3. "About CIEEM". Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management. 2013. Retrieved 13 September 2013. Established in 1991 and receiving our Royal Charter in 2013, ...
  4. "Royal Charter and Bye-laws" (PDF). London: The Institution of Engineering and Technology. 2008. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
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