Welcome to the Official Website of the

Certification Officer

Responsibilities of the Certification Officer

  • Maintaining a list of trade unions and employers' associations.
  • Receiving, ensuring compliance with statutory requirements and keeping available for public inspection annual returns from trade unions and employers' associations.
  • Determining complaints concerning trade union elections, certain other ballots and certain breaches of trade union rules.
  • Ensuring observance of statutory requirements governing mergers between trade unions & between employers' associations.
  • Overseeing the political funds and the finances of trade unions and employers' associations.
  • Certifying the independence of trade unions.
More detailed information on the role of the Certification Officer, and the
relevant legislation can be found in the Annual Report.

The Certification Officer is also a prescribed person under the Public Interest Disclosure (Prescribed Persons) Regs 1999 in relation to relevant disclosures by employees/workers of trade unions and employers' associations (see guidance under 'whistleblowing').

Latest News

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Forthcoming Hearings
30/09/2014
See further details for forthcoming hearings.
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Amendments to Lists of TU's and EA's
12/08/2014
See further details for recent changes to the List of Trade Unions and Employers Associations held by the C...
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Latest Decisions
04/08/2014
See further details for a brief summary of the latest decisions issued by the Certification Officer.

Trade Unions

Any Trade Unions may apply to have its name included in the public list, or it may choose to be 'unlisted'.

Employers’ Associations

Any Employers' Association may apply to have its name included in the public list, or it may choose to be 'unlisted'.

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