What RAS support materials are available? 

Register of Accredited Recruiters

A register of accredited recruiters will be available once the accreditation element is launched (later this year).  The register will be open to access, via inputting individual recruiter names.  Only those recruiters accredited will appear in the register.

RAS Supporting Guidance

There are two regulatory guidelines which underpin the Scheme:

Both documents are based upon the rules and principles of the MRS Code of Conduct.  The Qualitative Research Recruitment – Legal Requirements and Best

Practice: Regulations for Recruiters are binding on all Company Partners, Recruiter Accreditation Scheme Company Partners and members plus all accredited recruiters.

All mandatory requirements detailed within the MRS Regulations for MRS Company Partners: Qualitative Recruitment are binding on Company Partners, Recruiter Accreditation Scheme (RAS) Company Partners and members, where they are in a position of authority which includes the selection and use of research services and suppliers.


Compliance Support 

Underpinning the Regulations are self-regulatory support mechanisms should any complaints arise regarding accredited recruiters.  By becoming accredited, individual recruiters become members of MRS and recruiter organisations become RAS Company Partners. 

Both individual membership and the Recruiter Accreditation Scheme Company Partnership are supported by complaint and compliance mechanisms which will be used to investigate any complaints whereby the MRS Code and its associated Regulations and guidelines are not being upheld by accredited recruiters and/or accredited recruiter organisations.

If a complaint is received that indicates the MRS Code of Conduct and/or the associated Recruiter Regulations have been breached, individuals will be subject to the MRS Disciplinary Regulations (which underpins the Recruiter Accreditation Scheme for individuals) and the MRS Company Partner Complaint Procedure (which is the compliance framework which underpins the corporate Recruiter Accreditation Scheme)and to co-operate with any investigation of the matter by the Market Research Standards Board. 

The compliance arrangements are detailed within the separate document Recruiter Accreditation Scheme Compliance Framework


Professional Development Materials

A comprehensive set of training materials has been developed by the AQR, with input from MRS and a number of qualitative and recruiter practitioners.  The 5 online training modules cover:

1st Module: Introduction to qualitative research

2nd Module: Traditional recruitment methods 

3rd Module: New and evolving recruitment methods 

4th Module: Data protection 

5th Module: Client and project management

Plus there are supporting resources and templates.

The training will be kept up-to-date to ensure that the training continues to reflect current practice ensuring that standards are maintained over time.  This is particularly important for evolving knowledge areas such as privacy and data protection.

The training has been developed for online delivery.  However, if there is sufficient demand for supplementary face to face delivery of the training MRS and AQR will consider ways to deliver this to ensure that there is broad accessibility to the training.

Professional Development Support Materials

Within the training modules a number of MRS guidelines are referred to.  We recommend these guidelines are reviewed in addition to the training materials: