professional body

  

Definition

Trade association of an organized profession (accounting, law, medicine, etc.) that certifies successful completion of its requirements, and thereupon awards a license and bestows a recognized appellation (Chartered Accountant, Attorney at Law, Doctor Of Medicine, etc.). Professional bodies usually prescribe a discretionary or mandatory code of conduct for their members. These bodies exercise political control over their membership, and have monopoly over the profession's formal education, certification, licensing, symbols, etc.

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