In Novermber 2011, the General Assembly unanimously adopted the Anti-Corruption Authority Standards and Police Oversight Principles; documents of a recommendatory nature designed to render the work of anti-corruption authorities and police oversight bodies more effective. Resulting from yearlong working group negotiations among all authorities which make up the European Partners against Corruption (EPAC) and European contact-point network against corruption (EACN), the documents have been designed for professionals by professionals and have been published in the form of a handbook, “Setting Standards for Europe”. 

The Anti-Corruption Authority Standards and Police Oversight Principles, including an annex, The Ten Guiding Principles on the Notion of Independence, are intended for specialized units and bodies in public administration, as well as law enforcement institutions with a mandate to prevent and combat corruption. They are designed to promote transparent and independent anti-corruption bodies through sustainable modes of operation, as called for by Articles 6 and 36 of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) for example.

The Police Oversight Principles are intended for bodies with police oversight competences and not necessarily for members of the judiciary. They are designed to promote accountable policing systems which take human rights and the rule of law into highest account; a model of effective police oversight that organizations and governments can aspire to.

Both documents and the handbook in which they are contained are available for download.


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