Welcome to the August issue of the ACOI newsletter




ACOI in the News

CPD Events

The ACOI continue to receive extensive media coverage, the latest commentary focussing on the findings of a recent survey carried out with ACOI members. Members shared their insights and perspectives on the challenges facing them and their organisation and how they are adapting to the changes as the economy reopens. All the latest coverage can be found here. Please keep an eye on our social media platforms such as LinkedIn, Twitter and our website www.acoi.ie for updates.

On Thursday, 13th August we will have our first in a series of webinars on SEAR, Fitness and Probity, Culture and Behaviour. We are delighted to have Rose Kennedy, Director in Deloitte’s Risk Advisory Department, deliver the first in the series - An Introduction to SEAR, F&P, Culture & Behaviour. This series has been designed to delve deeper into the topics, mentioned above, and provide attendees with a firmer grasp on what will be required of them to be compliant and successful.

You are reminded to keep an eye on the Events Section of our website where all future webinars will be posted. Recordings of recent webinars are also included.





ACOI Membership Renewal

Congratulations to all our members who passed their LCOI, CDPO & CFCPP exams and are now eligible to apply for their professional designations. There are many benefits to taking up your professional designation such as professional development, networking and career opportunities plus your designation is recognised internationally. For a full list of member benefits please click here.


The ACOI 20/21 membership year commenced on 1st August 2020 and payment of your renewal subscription fee is now due. In order to renew your membership please visit the ACOI website www.acoi.ie and log into the members' area with your username (email address on your ACOI account) and password. Once logged in, you can renew online using a debit/credit card by clicking the 'Renew Now' button


Registration for ACOI Programmes


Professional Certificate in Leadership with Griffith College

Registration is now open until 1st September 2020 for the MSc in Compliance. This is a level 9 NFQ qualification from UCD which is the gold standard industry benchmark compliance qualification. The programme has been designed in consultation with leading industry experts in the areas of compliance and ethics. This programme enables students to develop the skills to lead and manage robust compliance functions working with stakeholders across their business. For more information and to register click here.

Registration for the next intake for the Professional Certificate and Diploma in Compliance will open in August 2020. The semester commences in September. This is a level 7 NFQ qualification from UCD and is the industry benchmark professional designation for practising compliance professionals.



Congratulations to all ACOI members on completing the Certificate in Leadership Skills programme. The next programme will be commencing on 22nd September and will be delivered online. This programme is delivered over 8 weeks, with a 3-hour session each week. It is aimed at new or experienced managers, supervisors and team leaders who want to learn how to improve their leadership and influencing skills. To book your place on this practical and interactive course, please log onto the online application. If you have any queries regarding this programme please contact Edel Irvine or Ciara Lambe.


ACOI Member Survey


EDPS Survey on Data Protection Impact Assessments

A survey was sent to members seeking their insights into how they and their organisation are adapting to the changes resulting from COVID-19, and the future challenges facing members and their organisations. Over 550 members responded and a summary of the results can be found here.


The EDPS has issued a report on the survey they conducted to determine how EU institutions, bodies and agencies have been using Data Protection Impact Assessments. The EDPS report highlights their findings and best practice carried out by the EU Institutions. Please find the report here.  


Data Protection implications of the Return to Work Safely Protocol


COVID-19 Resources of particular relevance to members

Following the publication of the Return to Work Safely Protocol by the Department of Business, Enterprise & Innovation and the Department of Health,  The Data Protection Commission has also recently published a guidance document to support employers where the implementation of measures recommended by the Protocol result in the processing of personal data. The full document can be viewed here.

The following contain links to the relevant sections of websites of particular relevance to ACOI members: