Ethical Conduct Review Process - International Coaching Federation
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ICF’s Ethical Conduct Review (ECR) process provides a forum where individuals can bring complaints about alleged breaches of the ICF Code of Ethics by ICF Members and ICF Credential-holders.

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Recent ECR Process Participant

The ECR process provides for review, investigation and response to alleged unethical practices or behavior deviating from the established ICF Code. It is intended to serve as a “model of excellence” for the fair review of complaints concerning the ethical conduct of ICF Members and ICF Credential-holders and be responsive to complaints concerning experiences believed to be breaches of the Code by ICF Members and ICF Credential-holders.

If you have an ethical complaint against an ICF Member or ICF Credential-holder, we invite you to download and review an information packet and sample form before completing the online complaint form.

Filing a Complaint

After reviewing the ECR information packet and sample form, you can file a complaint against an individual ICF Member or Credential-holder by following the link below.

Complaints Regarding Coach Training Providers

To ensure the integrity of ICF–accredited programs and protect consumers of coach training, ICF Coach Training has a stringent Code of Conduct and a Program Complaint process. If you wish to file a formal complaint against an ICF-Accredited Coach Training Program, please follow the links below.

  • Independent Review Board (IRB)

    The Independent Review Board (IRB) oversees ICF’s Ethical Conduct Review (ECR) process. ICF is committed to providing a forum where individuals can bring complaints about alleged breaches of the Code of Ethics by ICF Members and Credential-holders. ICF adopted a policy and set of procedures that provide for review of, investigation of and response to alleged unethical practices or behavior deviating from the Code of Ethics. IRB members undertake this process in accordance with the ECR process. For more information on the IRB or ECR process, please view the section below for Ethical Conduct Review process. Selection for this team is a competitive process including an application and verbal interview.

    2021 IRB Members

    Chair: Sue McMahon, PCC (USA)
    Vice Chair of Development: João Luiz Pasqual, MCC (Brazil)
    Vice Chair of Operations: Kathy Taberner, PCC (Canada)


    • Jürgen Bache, (Germany)
    • Thomas Chen, PCC (Malaysia)
    • Jayaveni Lola Chetti, MCC (Hong Kong)
    • Carrie Doubts, PCC (USA)
    • Cecilia Engquist, PCC (USA)
    • José Manuel Estrada, PCC (Argentina)
    • Anita Gupta, MCC (India)
    • Michael J. Marx, PCC (USA)
    • Decimar Daisy Ogutu, ACC (Kenya)
    • David Ribott, MCC (UAE)
    • Gürkan Sarıoğlu, PCC (Turkey)
    • Janine Schindler, MCC (USA)
    • Mukesh Sharma, PCC (India)
    • Sandra Stewart, MCC (USA)
    • Svea van der Hoorn, MCC (South Africa)
  • Annual Ethical Conduct and Compliance Report

    ICF’s Ethical Conduct Review process, Program Complaint process and trademark management activities all help promote the integrity of the coaching profession and the ICF brand. Each year, ICF publishes a report providing an overview of these activities during the prior fiscal year.

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