Adequate Procedures Guidance
The UK Bribery Act, which was passed in 2010, introduces an offence of corporate failure to prevent bribery. The defence for a company against this liability is to prove that it had adequate procedures in place to prevent bribery. This Guidance from Transparency International UK (TI-UK) is designed to assist companies to comply with the Bribery Act by providing clear, practical advice on good practice anti-bribery systems that in TI-UK’s opinion constitute ‘adequate procedures’ for compliance with the Bribery Act.
Transparency International UK has published comprehensive Guidance on Adequate Procedures under the UK Bribery Act 2010. The following documents can be downloaded free of charge. Hard copies comprising a ring-bound folder with the full 200-page document printed in colour are available at a cost of £90. To place an order, please contact us
Adequate Procedures – Guidance to the UK Bribery Act 2010 5388 Kb
Adequate Procedures Checklist (pdf) 406 Kb
Adequate Procedures Checklist (excel) 790 Kb
Annexes 1-3 9104 Kb
Annexes 4-7 5085 Kb
Annex 8 1216 Kb
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Official Government Guidance published by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) on 30 March 2011, is here:
Bribery Act 2010: Guidance about commercial organisations preventing bribery (PDF 0.38mb 45 pages)
The MoJ quick start guide sets out the key points:
Quick start guide (PDF 0.27mb 9 pages)
Guidance for prosecutors (from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and the Director of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is here:
Joint guidance for prosecutors (PDF 0.52mb 12 pages)