The Standards Commission for Scotland is an independent body corporate established under the Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Act 2000, as amended. It is supported by the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB).

The Commission’s role is to encourage high ethical standards in public life. It promotes and enforces the Codes of Conduct for Councillors and Members of Devolved Public Bodies and issues guidance to councils and devolved public bodies. The Commission also adjudicates on cases of alleged contravention of the Codes of Conduct referred to it by the Public Standards Commissioner for Scotland, and on finding a contravention of a Code of Conduct, has statutory powers to impose sanctions.