Reported Violation Review Process and Confidentiality Terms
Complaints are evaluated initially by the Chair and Vice Chair of PRMIA Ethics and Professional Standards Committee.
The Chair and Vice Chair will judge if the complaint has standing and
if there are grounds for action to be taken by the Committee. If
necessary, the Chair and Vice Chair will conduct a preliminary
investigation in making these threshold determinations. If cause for
action does not exist, the complaint is dismissed. If the Committee has
jurisdiction and cause for action exists, the Committee will open a case
and conduct an investigation.
No matter how a complaint comes to the Ethics and Professional Standards Committee
(via the website, staff, or directly to a committee member), the
complaint will be forwarded to the Chairman and Vice Chair, who will
maintain a log of complaints.
The respondent is afforded an opportunity to comment on all evidence
that will be considered by the Committee and upon which the Committee
may rely in its review of the complaint. At the conclusion of the
investigation, the case is referred to the Committee for review and
Should the Committee find (by majority vote) that the member violated PRMIA Standards of Best Practice, Conduct and Ethics then the case will be referred to the PRMIA Board of Directors with the Committee recommendation and supporting documentation. The PRMIA Board of Directors (by majority vote) will make the final decision as to the resolution.
Files of the Committee related to investigation and adjudication of cases shall be confidential.
Investigation records containing personally identifiable information
shall be maintained for at least five years after a matter is closed.
Nothing in these Rules and Procedures shall preclude the Committee
from maintaining records in a secure place for archival or record
keeping purposes, or from using or publishing information concerning
ethics matters for educative purposes without identifying individuals
Reopening a Closed Investigation
If significant new evidence of unethical conduct comes to the
attention of the Committee after a matter has been closed, the
investigation may be reopened and acted upon under regular procedures.
If, in the judgment of the Committee Chair and Vice Chair, such
information is furnished, the new evidence shall be submitted to the