Our Values

The mission of the International Association of Interviewers is to increase members’ core interview skill sets using the latest information from practitioners, as well as legal and psychological resources. We strive to provide educational, business and networking opportunities to interviewers from all disciplines.

The Certified Forensic Interviewer (CFI) Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice

A Certified Forensic Interviewer:

  • Shall strive for excellence and professionalism in the performance of his or her duties.
  • Shall not engage in unethical or illegal conduct, abiding by the law at all times.
  • Shall exhibit the highest level of professionalism while interviewing sources, victims, witnesses, and suspects.
  • Shall follow the rules of law and general practice in the jurisdiction of the inquiry.
  • Will accurately document and testify to the content of the interview, revealing all information without bias.
  • Will comply with all lawful orders of courts and administrative bodies.
  • Shall not engage in unethical, physically abusive or coercive activities during an interview or interrogation.
  • Will respect the dignity of all people being fair and just in dealing with an individual.
  • Will conduct himself or herself in a manner that serves the cause of truth and justice.
  • Will separate himself or herself from influences which might bias their judgments while conducting the inquiry.
  • Shall not reveal confidential information obtained from an interview or interrogation without proper authorization.
  • Shall compare information received during the interview against that discovered during the investigation to evaluate the individuals’ truthfulness and accuracy.
  • Will accurately document the information obtained during an interview without bias or prejudice.
  • Will cooperate and share information with other investigators unless doing so would be unethical, compromise an investigation, or be illegal.
  • Shall continually strive to increase competence and knowledge of the profession.
  • Shall not provide a report or an opinion on the medical or psychological condition of an interviewee unless the interviewer is qualified to make such a report.
  • Shall not participate in any interview or investigation designed to circumvent the law or impede justice.
  • Shall not accept or solicit benefits designed to influence his or her opinions or report.
  • Shall not knowingly submit, or permit to be submitted by another, information that is misleading or false in a report. Each report shall be an objective factual account of the information provided in the interview.
  • Shall not inquire about religion, politics, sexual preferences, union activities or race unless it is relevant to a specific investigation.
  • Shall cooperate in the investigation of any alleged violations of the CFI Code of Ethics or Standards of Practice.

A CFI professional or CFI applicant who makes false or misleading statements to IAI violates the CFI Code of Ethics. A CFI professional or CFI applicant accused of violations of the CFI Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice shall be investigated by the Ethics Committee of IAI.