of practice – necessary stuff
As members of the Chartered Institute of Editors and Proofreaders (CIEP), we are bound to abide by their Code of Practice. This has been developed by the CIEP to encourage best practice in the industry, and as such, it is useful to proofreaders and editors and their clients. You can see the CIEP full Code of Practice here.
This is how CIEP sums up its Code of Practice:
CIEP's Code of practice (CoP), ensuring editorial excellence, is a really useful resource for editorial workers – editors, proofreaders and project managers, whether working freelance or in-house – and their clients and employers. Its purpose is to establish standards of best practice for CIEP members and help them maintain them and to encourage good professional relationships.
Good communication between client/employer and freelance/employee is essential. Clear briefing and the agreement of terms are vital if high standards are to be maintained by both parties, and unsurprisingly they're emphasised by the CoP.
In addition, the CoP includes guidance on:
the professional behaviour of both freelance/employee and client/employer
standards for proofreading, editing and project management
information on web editing, electronic file handling, email etiquette, confidentiality and computer security
The CoP is endorsed by the CIEP council. Although it is not a legal document, it is considered binding on members and Corporate Subscribers.