Association of Professional Compliance Consultants

The body for compliance consultants who advise firms regulated in the UK.

The APCC is active in enhancing the professional standards of compliance consultants and is recognised as a trade body by the FCA and other regulators. This provides our members with significant benefits in terms of direct access to the Regulators as well as business leads.  The APCC often works in conjunction with the FCA to pilot or test new initiatives, and we also provide with valuable feedback on specific subjects as requested by them.

Joining the APCC

How to Become a Member of the Association


Please click here for our membership brochure and see our member benefits here
Full membership eligibility criteria:-
  • The firm provides compliance consultancy services to organisations regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK
  • The firm has, or intends to have, more than one client at a time
  • Firms may be companies, partnerships or sole traders
  • The firm agrees to abide by the following as adopted by the APCC from time to time:-
  • Receipt of 2 satisfactory professional references. Referees should be from two regulated firms for whom the applicant has provided services for.  Referees should know you and your business sufficiently well to be able to express an informed opinion. The APCC will contact both referees and your application will not be considered by the Board of Directors until these reference requests have been satisfactorily completed.

Membership benefits include:

• access to the FCA and PRA via APCC meetings and discussions
• priority advice and information from the FCA and PRA on regulatory themes and new initiatives
• listing on the APCC Member or Affiliate Member Directory
• priority booking at APCC events
• access to the members only area of the APCC website including:
• informative content and discussion forums
• access to cost effective Professional Indemnity Insurance
• member news


The membership application form asks for details of two professional referees. These should be from a member of the governing body of an existing APCC member or an FCA regulated firm. As a matter or courtesy you should contact the referees before including them in your application. Referees should know you and your business sufficiently well to be able to express an informed opinion. The APCC will contact both referees and ask them to complete a reference request. Your application will not be considered by the Board of Directors until these reference requests have been satisfactorily completed.

To apply for membership please complete and submit our Membership Application Form which contains full details of the application process.

Affiliated Firms

Affiliation is available for firms providing specialist facilities or services to compliance consultancy firms or to businesses regulated by the FCA. As an Affiliated Firm has an entry in our online directory of Affiliate Firms, and includes access to our members’ mailings and surveys, priority booking to APCC events (including access to member only events) improved access to the FCA and access to the members’ only area of the APCC website.

Our ‘Affiliate Directory’ provides services from accountants, solicitors and other service providers specialising in FCA regulated firms.  Our aim is to provide regulated firms with a comprehensive information resource for all their professional adviser needs.

Additional Affiliate Members benefits include:

  • the opportunity to improved market awareness of your services and sponsor our events
  • entry in a one stop website for regulated firms and able to use the logo for Affiliate member firms on all stationery.
Strategic Partners

In order to develop the relationship between the APCC and external professional parties, and to promote the common endeavour of professionalism, the APCC offers Strategic Partnership membership to establish a mutually beneficial partnership for the benefit of respective parties.

Strategic Partner benefits include:

  • Exchange of relevant information for each party’s website, with APCC offering Strategic Partners their own Directory Page.
  • Access to the APCC ‘members only’ area for nominated individuals.
  • A collaborative announcement detailing the arrangement and the benefits to be derived from the alliance for stakeholders and other press coverage as required relative to the joint activities the organisations undertake.
  • Identification of projects and initiatives on which both parties can work together to deliver.
  • An exchange of discounts for both parties for agreed items, eg events/course costs etc.
  • An invitation to attend relevant APCC working groups
  • An opportunity to speak at, attend or sponsor APCC events.
  • Direct marketing to our members up to 6 times per year.