The professional associations must regulate, in the areas of their competence, the professional activity of their members, ensuring the ethics of the profession and the professional dignity, as well as the due respect for the rights of individuals and anybody who requires his services, exercising disciplinary powers within the professional and organisational fields.
The veracity of the membership of an administrative agent may be verified before the relevant Association to ascertain their actual professional status.
In addition, these bodies are also responsible for the maintaining of the relationship with all the administrative and governmental authorities with jurisdiction within their territorial scope, without prejudice to the coordination with the General Council and the Councils of Regional Associations.
They also guarantee the compliance with professional standards; ensure that the prestige in the profession is maintained; organize common activities and services of interest to collegiate members, bringing legal actions against those who illicitly exercise before the Public Administrations those professional functions entrusted to administrative agents. Likewise, they also monitor the compliance by the members of their obligations vis-à-vis the association.
On the other hand, they organize and manage the channelling of procedures through the association, exclusively for the streamlining thereof and upon request of the Administration, without prejudice to free competition; this requires the approval of the General Meeting, in the manner and subject to the requirements set forth in the Internal Regulations of each Association.
In particular, the Professional Associations can request from the competent bodies the implementation in public offices of the measures required to allow the members to develop their work with the utmost agility and efficiency.