The Council's Standards of Practice relating to print and online publishing are contained in:
- Statements of Principles
- Specific Standards
The Council’s Advisory Guidelines may also be taken into account but are not binding Standards
The Standards of Practice apply to text, headlines, photographs, graphics, captions, audio, video and all other forms of published material, but not to advertising.
Publishers are obliged to comply with the Standards of Practice in their print and online publications. This applies to actions by their employees and external contributors, including those who are not journalists.
Publisher members are also obliged under the Council’s Constitution to cooperate with its handling of complaints. This includes publishing all Council adjudications relating to their particular publications.