The Italian National Council of Engineers (CNI) is a long-established organization founded in 1923 that now has some 240,000 members. The CNI is responsible for overseeing the ethical behaviour of its members. It operates throughout Italy and is organized into regional associations, one for each province: each association elects national councilors in an election called by the Ministry of Justice. This demonstrates the importance of the professional institution, which has been included in the Republic's laws since 1946.
The CNI's purpose is to provide support not only to the end user, but also to the public administration, through its members, who will be able to develop projects, support their activities and act as a representative for activities commonly carried out by the public administration.