Editors' Code of Practice consultation 

The Editors’ Code of Practice Committee is reviewing the Editors' Code of Practice. The Code is written, reviewed and revised by the Editors' Code of Practice Committee with input from IPSO. This is a public consultation and the opportunity for interested parties to make submissions on updates and revisions to the Code. 

The Committee invites suggestions from the public, editors, journalists, others working in the media, and anyone else with an interest in journalistic standards, on how the Code might be revised to improve the system of self-regulation of the press.

The consultation closes on Friday, 27 March 2020. Submissions should be sent via email to 

See also:

IPSO blog on Changes to the Editors' Code.

IPSO podcast (#19) with Editors' Code Committee Chair, Neil Benson, and IPSO Head of Standards Charlotte Urwin. 

Arbitration consultation (now closed)

IPSO launched a consultation on the use of a press arbitration scheme on 15 June 2015.

The consultation invited suggestions on the structure, usefulness and design of an arbitration scheme to deal with legal complaints pursued against the press.

The consultation closed on 7 September 2015.

IPSO received 21 responses and has subsequently developed an arbitration scheme

Digital jurisdiction consultation (now closed)

This consultation is part of IPSO’s Digital Review. It invites submissions on a proposed amendment to IPSO’s regulations concerning its jurisdiction over content published online by global digital publishers. The proposal would exclude some content published by global digital publishers from IPSO regulation but put in place safeguards to protect UK citizens and ensure that the standards of UK journalism can be upheld on online platforms showcasing globally produced content.

Consultation document

Submissions should be sent to

Deadline: 2 October 2017

We are currently considering the submissions we received.

Editors' Code of Practice consultation (now closed)

The Editors’ Code Committee (which oversees the Editors’ Code of Practice) launched this consultation in early 2017. This was not an IPSO consultation, but was relevant to IPSO and its stakeholders. The IPSO Chairman and Chief Executive sit on the Committee, which works with IPSO to maintain and develop the Code.

The Committee invited suggestions from the public, editors, journalists and others working in the media, and anyone else with an interest in journalistic standards, on how the Code might be revised to improve the system of self-regulation of the press.

The consultation closed on 3 March 2017.

The Committee is currently considering the feedback it received.

More information about the consultation 

Digital Review Call for Information (now closed)

IPSO launched a review of the way its regulations should apply to global digital publishers on 18 July 2016.

The review was triggered by concerns that IPSO’s original regulations may no longer be adequate to deal with some of the issues thrown up by new models of global publishing.

The call for information closed on 19 August 2016.

IPSO received 9 responses and considered those submissions in detail before producing a proposal document which was published for a second round of consultation, launched on 24 July 2017.

Responses to Consultations & Inquiries

IPSO often responds to consultations concerning press regulation and other similar matters, providing evidence from our unique insight as the independent regulator of 95% of printed and online publications in the UK.

IPSO response to the Political Polling and Digital Media Select Committee call for evidence regarding the impact of opinion polls and the manner in which they are reported (now closed)

Call for information

IPSO response to the Media and Communications List consultation on the Civil Procedure Rules (now closed)


IPSO response to the Department of Culture Media and Sport and Home Office consultation on the Leveson Inquiry and its implementation (now closed)


IPSO response to the Digital Culture Media and Sport Select Committee call for information on fake news (now closed)


IPSO response to the Independent Commission on Referendums (now closed)

Call for Information 

IPSO response to Home Affairs Select Committee request for information regarding hate crime and its violent consequences (now closed)

Request for Information

IPSO response to the Cairncross Review on sustainable high quality journalism in the UK


IPSO response to ICO consultation on data protection and journalism code of practice 


IPSO response to the Online Harms White Paper consultation


IPSO response to The House of Lords Communications and Digital Committee’s Inquiry into Future of Journalism


IPSO response to APPG on Religious Literacy's Inquiry into religious literacy in print and broadcast media


IPSO response to Justice Committee's Inquiry into Open Justice: court reporting in the digital age