Membership requirements

Publishers who are members of IPSO have agreed to follow the Editors’ Code of Practice.

 IPSO checks that members meet the terms of the Editors’ Code by:

  • requiring publishers to submit annual statements
  • requiring publishers to ensure that their complaints process has certain features
  • launching standards investigations where serious concerns are raised about the behaviour.

IPSO has asked all member publishers to make sure their complaints process:

  • includes information on who complaints about editorial issues should be sent to in all their publications, both in print and online
  • tells complainants about the Editors’ Code of Practice, if the publication thinks a potential issue under the Editors’ Code is raised and the complainant does not mention the Code
  • tells complainants that the publication is regulated by IPSO and pass on IPSO’s contact details where the publication thinks a potential issue under the Editors’ Code is raised
  • keeps a copy of an online article, before making changes to that article (other than trivial changes such as changes to spelling or grammar), following a complaint

IPSO can make its members change their complaints processes to make sure that the processes are as effective as possible.