The PRCA has welcomed an update from the Office of the Registrar for Consultant lobbyists (ORCL) to its lobbying register guidance, which provides public affairs professionals with additional advice on how to comply with the statutory register.
The update includes a requirement for consultant lobbyists to declare if they were paid for lobbying in the three months before they applied to join the Register.
Commenting on the news Liam Herbert MPRCA, PRCA Public Affairs Board Chair, said:
“We welcome the Registrar’s latest update and encourage members to undertake the necessary measures to ensure they provide accurate and timely information on their lobbying activity. If any members are unsure about what is required of them, we would urge them to contact us for assistance.
“The PRCA Public Affairs Code is universally recognised as the benchmark of ethical professionalism in the public affairs industry. It is also important to note that the Registrar deems the PRCA Public Affairs Code as relevant to the business of consultant lobbying. This is in contrast to other codes signed by individuals, which are considered irrelevant unless adhered to by every member of a particular agency.”
Read the full guidance here.
A code of conduct that is written for individuals (for example, members of a professional body) can only be declared by an organisation if every member of the organisation who engages in or participates in consultant lobbying activity subscribes to that code.