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Professional bodies are distinctive. 

They are dedicated to the advancement of the knowledge and practice of professions through developing, supporting, regulating and promoting professional standards for technical and ethical competence.

In this they are all concerned with the public benefit as well as the reputation of professionals. They aim to maintain and develop professionalism and thereby securing high quality professional services for society.

There are approximately 400 professional bodies in the UK, together they represent 13 million professionals.

Three different types of organisations make up the professional body sector:

  • Professional associations
  • Regulatory bodies
  • Learned societies
Some occupations combine these organisations into a single professional body, in other they are clearly differentiated organisations.


Professional Body Sector Reviews

Our annual Professional Body Sector Reviews help define the sector in its own right, focusing on its distinctiveness, challenges and trends.