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The purpose of the BPA is to ensure that its members operate in a professional and ethical
manner in all aspects of their profession. Members of the BPA are pledged to maintain the
spirit and ideals of the following stated Declaration of Principles. These principles are
considered essential to continuing membership of the BPA.
i. To promote and maintain high standards of professional practice and conduct
amongst members; to ensure that polygraphy is seen to be and ethical and
honourable profession.
ii. To ensure the professional integrity and truthfulness of all material prepared for
and that relates to any polygraph test, process or other related matter whether
for private or public use.
iii. To ensure that all members of the BPA adhere to the highest standards of ethical
conduct, skill, knowledge and competence in the practice of polygraphy.
iv. To add to the body of knowledge of scientific research into polygraph enhancing
its standing as a scientific discipline.
v. To assist as appropriate in the ongoing training of individuals engaging in or
interested in entering the polygraph profession.
Code of Professional Standards
Members of BPA are avowed to maintain the spirit and ideals of the following Code of
Professional Standards and to consider them essential in their practice of polygraphy and
their membership of the BPA.
i. All members shall act primarily in the public interest when practicing polygraphy
and shall neither act nor induce others to act in any way which may act
unfavourably towards the practice of polygraphy, the public or the BPA.
ii. All members shall observe the highest standards of honesty, accuracy and
truthfulness and shall not disseminate any false or misleading information in
relation to their profession of polygraphy.
iii. All members of the BPA shall protect the confidences of every client and shall not
reveal, divulge or otherwise disseminate any information to another without
specific permission given in writing by the client. All examiners should be DPA
Registered to comply with legislation.
iv. A member shall not represent conflicting or competing interests without giving
full disclosure to those parties concerned.
v. A member shall not knowingly solicit the contracted client of another member
unless the client initiates the contact.
vi. All members shall uphold this Code of Professional Standards, Declaration of
Principles and the BPA By-Laws and Standards of Practice. They shall cooperate
with other members in doing so and bring to the attention of any member of the
BPA Board, the member concerned or any other relevant party if they have
reason to believe that a member is engaging in unethical or unfair practices
including any practice in violation of this code.
vii. All Polygraph tests shall be ECHR Compliant.

All members of the BPA acknowledge and accept that membership of the BPA is a privilege
and not a right. A condition of membership is that the member accepts all of the terms and
conditions as laid out in the Constitution, Articles and By-Laws. Nothing in the BPA
Constitution, Articles or By-Laws and Standards of Practice exonerates the member from
complying with the National Laws, By Laws or other constitutionally required legal
responsibilities of the country they are in at that time. Should there be a conflict between
the two, then the National Laws, By-Laws and Standards of Practice or other constitutionally
required legal responsibilities of that country shall always take precedence.
There are four classes of membership as follows:
Full Member
Associate member
Honorary Member
International Member
To qualify for any class of membership the applicant must meet a minimum level of
requirement for that class and be at least 18 years of age.
Membership Requirements, Fees and Voting Rights
Admission to any class of membership of the BPA shall be by recommendation to the
General Membership by a Member of the Board of Directors of the BPA. Any member of
the BPA may resign their membership (in writing) to the Secretary of the BPA at any time
and without giving any reason for that resignation.
The following are the minimum requirements to be accepted into that class of membership.
Full Member
i. Be a Certificated Graduate of an Accredited Polygraph School.
ii. Is a person of good standing, free of any Criminal Conviction and not subject to
any current legal or criminal proceedings in any Court of Law in the United
Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland or any other country (subject to the
conditions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974). Any violation of this
condition will be considered at the next AGM where the membership will be
given an opportunity to vote on the candidate’s admission to the BPA or on their
continued membership. Full member’s status in the BPA will be altered to
Associate Member until that vote has taken place. There will be no refund of any
fees or financial obligations paid to the BPA.
iii. In employment as an Active Polygrapher.
iv. Be of good standing in relation to their financial obligations to the BPA.
v. They must be a citizen of a European Union country.
vi. Full Members will have full voting rights on all issues voted upon by the BPA
membership.
vii. Full Members are eligible to hold, or to be nominated for any Office of the BPA.
viii. A Full Member shall be personally responsible for all their own costs when
attending any BPA meeting
Associate member
i. A Member of BPA who is involved with polygraphy on a regular basis but does
not or no longer administers polygraph examinations.
ii. A person who is currently undergoing a Polygraph Examiners course at an
Accredited Polygraph School (proof required) or a person who has booked and
paid for a Polygraph Examiners course at an Accredited Polygraph School (proof
required). Both these conditions will require, if that person wishes to remain a
Member of the BPA, to upgrade their membership of the BPA to Full Member on
successful completion of their polygraph training course.
iii. Is a person of good standing, free of any Criminal Conviction and not subject to
any current legal or criminal proceedings in any Court of Law in the United
Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland or any other country (subject to the
conditions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974). Any violation of this
condition will be considered at the next AGM where the General Membership
will be given an opportunity to vote on the candidate’s admission to the BPA or
on their continued membership. That person’s membership of the BPA will be
suspended until that vote has taken place. There will be no refund of any fees or
financial obligations paid to the BPA.
iv. They must be a citizen of a European Union country.
v. Be of good standing in relation to their financial obligations to the BPA.
vi. Associate Members will have voting rights in issues voted upon by the BPA but
they will not eligible to nominate or vote for Officers of the BPA.
vii. AN Associate Member shall be personally responsible for all their own costs
when attending any BPA meeting.
viii. Associate Membership is open to those who are currently taking a Polygraph
Examiners course at an Accredited Polygraph School or who have booked a
Polygraph Examiners course at an Accredited Polygraph School shall last a
maximum of three years from the date of Associate Membership being granted
after which they will have to resign from the BPA in perpetuity or apply to hold a
Full Membership.
International Member
i. A Member of the BPA who has completed a Polygraph Examiners course at an
Accredited Polygraph School or a person who has a sincere interest in Polygraphy
and is actively involved in furthering the interests of the profession.
ii. They must hold no commercial interest in or otherwise be involved in Polygraph
Testing in the UK. An International Member may be involved in the commercial
sale or Research and Development of Polygraph Instruments either inside the UK
& ROI or anywhere else in the world.
iii. They must not be a citizen of a European Union country.
iv. International Members shall have no voting rights on any issue voted upon in the
BPA.
v. An International Member shall be personally responsible for their own costs
when attending any BPA meeting.
Honorary Member
i. Members of the BPA may submit to the Secretary of the BPA the name of a
person who has, in their opinion, rendered distinguished service and support to
the profession. Any nominations shall be considered at the AGM by the General
Membership for their approval to bestow this honorary award. The nomination
shall be considered approved by a simple majority of those voting members
present.
ii. An Honorary Member shall have no voting right on any issue voted upon by the
BPA
iii. An Honorary Member shall be personally responsible for all their own costs when
attending any BPA meeting.