NEW ON THE SITE: IPSO takes over as new press watchdog

The Editors' Code of Practice is the foundation stone of the UK press self-regulatory system. It sets out the rules that the voluntarily subscribing newspaper and magazine industry members have pledged to accept.

It is by those self-imposed standards that newspapers and magazines can be held to account via the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO), which on 8 September 2014 became the new regulatory body for the industry.

The Code is now being reviewed by the Editors' Code of Practice Committee, which is being restructured to include a stronger lay membership, as well as editors representing the national and regional newspaper and magazine industry.

Elsewhere on this site, you will find the current Code, and The Editors' Codebook, the handbook that gives a background to how the Code operates in practice. Currently, the Codebook uses examples of PCC judgments to demonstrate how the system works in practice. That will be updated regularly to reflect emerging decisions of IPSO relating to complaints under the Code.

Meanwhile IPSO details, including how to complain about breaches of the Code, can be found at www.ipso.co.uk/.


The role of the Editors' Code Committee is to write, review and revise the Code of Practice to keep it fresh, responsive and relevant.

The Editors' Codebook is the official handbook that sets the Editors' Code in context.

Keep up with announcements of Code changes, reviews, press releases and policy documents concerning the Code of Practice.

This is the current Editors' Code of Practice, which the Independent Press Standards Organisation is charged with enforcing, effective from 8 September 2014.

What does the Code cover? What does it mean? How can it be changed? Answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

The Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) became the regulatory body for the UK newspaper and magazine industry in September 2014.