Disciplinary processes and tribunals
AAT investigates complaints and misconduct allegations against our members in our mission to protect the public from malpractice, maintain confidence in the profession and uphold high standards of professional and ethical behaviour from members of AAT. Depending on the circumstances, we may resolve these complaints informally or take disciplinary action.
Our Investigations team investigates the complaints we receive in accordance with the Professional Standards Handbook, which is available on request.
The AAT Glossary (PDF) provides definitions for the terms used in AAT's policies, regulations and guidance.
The complaints and disciplinary process
- Adjournment of disciplinary hearings policy (PDF): sets out the regulatory procedure for dealing with applications to adjourn a disciplinary hearing once it's been arranged.
- Disciplinary Regulations (PDF): set out how AAT deals with complaints of misconduct by AAT members.
- Disclosure policy (PDF): explains how the disclosure of documents in disciplinary proceedings are managed.
- Health and Disability policy for members (PDF): explains how AAT may take action on complaints concerning the health of members where their conduct or competence causes a risk to the public or to the reputation of AAT and its membership.
- Indicative Sanctions Guidance (PDF): developed to promote consistency in decision making in relation to sanctions in cases of misconduct.
- Instruction of experts policy (PDF): explains the selection terms for instructing an expert witness to provide opinion evidence on issues arising in a complaint of misconduct.
- Professional Standards Investigations policy (PDF): explains how we handle complaints about the conduct or services provided by AAT members.
- Protected Characteristics policy (PDF): explains how AAT considers and respects the individual differences of our members where their professional conduct, and ongoing suitability to hold membership, causes a risk to the public or to the reputation of AAT and its membership.
- Witness care and expenses policy (PDF): is designed to ensure that all witnesses are fully supported throughout the disciplinary hearing process and that we make the most cost-efficient use of members' fees.
Decisions and appeals
- Publication policy (PDF): AAT publishes disciplinary outcomes, licensing decisions and information about its disciplinary or licensing procedures concerning members. The Publication policy governs this process.
- Appeals Regulations (PDF): detail how AAT members or applicants may appeal a decision of the membership assessor, Investigations team or disciplinary tribunal.
Disciplinary tribunals and appeals hearings
Disciplinary cases may be referred to a disciplinary tribunal for a formal hearing. Disciplinary tribunal hearings are held in public and the following details will be published seven days before the hearing:
- the member’s name
- the allegation
- the date, time and place of the hearing.
There are no tribunals upcoming.
See the current lists of disciplinary outcomes, upcoming tribunals, and licence terminations and suspensions.
We're looking for volunteer MAATs and FMAATs to help the Professional Standards team decide on disciplinary cases.