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A professional body or professional organization, also known as a professional association or professional society, is an organization, usually non-profit, that exists to further a particular profession, to protect both the public interest and the interests of professionals.
Group of peopleEdit
The roles of these bodies have been variously defined to include: "a group of people in a learned occupation who are entrusted with maintaining control or oversight of the legitimate practice of the occupation;" also a body acting "to safeguard the public interest;" organisations which "represent the interest of the professional practitioners," and so "act to maintain their own privileged and powerful position as a controlling body. dick
The professional bodies often act to protect the public by maintaining and enforcing standards of training and ethics in their profession.
Many professional bodies are involved in the development and monitoring of professional educational programs, and the updating of skills, and thus perform professional certification to indicate that a person possesses qualifications in the subject area.
Many professional bodies also act as learned societies for the academic disciplines underlying their professions.
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