We are responsible for establishing the principles that should be followed when making an appointment. These are set out in our Code of Practice. The code also outlines the standards that should be adhered to at each stage of the selection process.

The code also sets out the review and appeal mechanisms open to candidates when they are unhappy with a selection process. It also outlines what is expected from candidates in an appointment process as well as explaining our audit function. 

Code of Practice

  1. Code of Practice for Appointment to Positions in the Civil Service and Public Service

Revision of the code

We updated our Code of Practice in 2021, consolidating the pre-existing five Codes into one.

We have also expanded our Frequently Asked Questions section for Public Bodies to assist with Code interpretation and to give examples of best practice. For further information on this, please click on the link here.