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Ethics

Enforcement

CFP Board takes steps to enforce the Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct — including the release of disciplinary information to the public — when CFP® professionals are alleged to have fallen short of their obligations. This enforcement process sets CFP® certification apart from other credentials and designations in the financial planning profession.

CFP Board has a defined process for handling allegations of misconduct and is committed to maintaining an enforcement process that is credible to the public and fair to those whose conduct is being evaluated.

ENFORCEMENT PROCESS & procedural RULES

(Effective June 30, 2020, new Procedural Rules replaced the Disciplinary Rules and Procedures.)

CFP Board's Procedural Rules outline a peer-review, enforcement process that is credible to the public and fair to those whose conduct is being evaluated. If you believe a CFP® professional has violated the Code and Standards, you can report the alleged misconduct by filing a complaint with CFP Board.

Learn more about the enforcement process and what constitutes grounds for sanction.

MORE ON THE ENFORCEMENT PROCESS

Read the procedural rules

File a Complaint

additional reforms to enforce the code & standards

CFP Board began enforcement of the new Code and Standards on June 30, 2020. This includes additional steps that strengthen the enforcement process, in line with recommendations of the Independent Task Force on Enforcement.

Fitness Standards

CFP Board applies the Fitness Standards for Candidates and Professionals Seeking Reinstatement to determine whether an individual's prior conduct would reflect adversely upon the profession or the CFP® certification marks. The Fitness Standards identifies conduct that is unacceptable and will bar an individual from becoming certified, conduct presumed to be unacceptable, and other conduct that may reflect adversely upon the individual’s integrity or fitness, the profession, or the CFP® certification marks.

Volunteer on a Disciplinary Hearing Panel

CFP Board is looking for experienced CFP® professionals interested in assisting the Disciplinary and Ethics Commission as Hearing Panelists. Hearing Panelists make a one-time commitment to participate in hearings held over the course of 2.5 days. Service as a Hearing Panel Volunteer is a prerequisite to service as a member of the Disciplinary and Ethics Commission.

See volunteer opportunities