CODE REVIEW 2020-2022

IMPRESS is undertaking a comprehensive review of its Standards Code and Guidance, led by its Code Committee


The IMPRESS Standards Code are the rules by which we regulate the news gathering activities and published material of regulated publications. We first launched these rules in 2017 after extensive research and consultation.

IMPRESS is actively engaging with organisations, stakeholders and readers in this process. Following our open call for evidence (November 2020 - February 2021), we hosted a series of workshops (February 2021 - February 2022) with a range of organisations on issues including children and youth, discrimination, fairness, journalism online and free speech. In 2022 we launched a 6-week public code consultation (February - April 2022) on changes to the IMPRESS Standards Code proposed by the Code Committee. 

Following the end of the consultation period, the IMPRESS Code Committee will now consider the feedback and responses received to help them to shape a new IMPRESS Standards Code to be published later this year. 

Find out more

> IMPRESS Code Consultation 2022

> Guest Blog: How can the IMPRESS Standards Code adapt to the future of journalism online?

> Code Review: Research Findings 

> Code Review: Call for Evidence Report

> Code Review: Participating organisations 

Get involved, have your say



Code review timeline 

The IMPRESS Code Review process started with the opening of our call for evidence period in November 2020 and is set to come to a close in 2022 when a new or revised IMPRESS Standards Code will be published.

The timeline below provides a high-level overview of the different phases of the code review process. 


Get involved!

Do you have suggestions of how the IMPRESS Standards Code might be revised to continue to meet the needs of both the public and publishers? We'd love to hear from you as part of our code review!

For more information about the ongoing IMPRESS Code Review and to find out how you can participate as an organisation, publisher or member of the public, please email


Related links                

Code review FAQs

Call for evidence

Code Committee

Standards Code