How do I become a Code Sponsor?
How do I join the scheme?
The codes approval scheme is open to any eligible code of practice regardless of whether or not there are other code sponsors already operating in that sector.
If you operate a code of practice that you believe will be eligible for approval:
- send an email with your company name and full contact details to email@example.com to request an Expression of Interest application form. Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) will then undertake due diligence checks on your organisation.
- If your code of practice meets all the relevant core criteria, stage one approval is awarded.
- Stage two approval will be awarded if you can demonstrate your code of practice is working well in practice. At this stage, you and your code members will be permitted to display the CTSI approved code logo.
Code sponsors must complete all stages of application prior to approval being given, which will be clear, unambiguous and in writing. Fees apply for both stages of the application process. You can download the CCAS schedule of fees and charges here and CCAS annual fees 2018 here.
Codes approval is a robust and rigorous process for code sponsors. Code sponsors will be approved only if you can clearly demonstrate that you are committed to the reduction of consumer detriment and improving service standards. This is how consumers can have confidence in businesses displaying the approved codes logo.