Chapter TwentyLegal Issues in Association Standard Setting, Certification and Accreditation Programs, and Codes of Ethics

Jeffrey S. Tenenbaum, Esq. and Beth A. Caseman, Esq.

Association standard-setting programs, certification and accreditation activities, and member codes of ethics provide valuable benefits, not only to associations and their members but also to industry, government, and the general public. However, to successfully establish, operate, and enforce such programs, association executives must have a basic understanding of, and take measures to protect the association from, the potentially significant legal risks.

Although clearly in the public interest and of benefit to members and others, standard setting by associations raises ...

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