Bernstein is ready to roll out a new Code of Conduct, possibly in time for England's friendly with Sweden in Gothenburg on November 14.
It will mark the end of a process that began in January, since when the FA have lost the services of Fabio Capello and John Terry, and found themselves bearing the brunt of Ashley Cole's outrageous Twitter rant which cast a shadow over today's landmark opening of the National Football Centre at St George's Park.
And whilst Bernstein is anxious to spell out no connection should be made to the code and the actions of Cole and Terry, who has still to decide whether he will appeal against his four-match ban for making a racist slur at Anton Ferdinand at Loftus Road in October last year, it is clear its publication cannot come quickly enough.
"I came into this position as chairman with five things I'd identified, one of which was respect, in its wider sense," he said.
"Not just towards referees but player-to-player, the whole respect agenda.
"I'm beginning to think it's the most important thing I've got to deal with as chairman of the FA."
Cole sought out Bernstein last night to personally apologise for labelling the FA "a bunch of T***s" on Twitter last Friday.
It was a reaction no-one could possibly excuse - and one it is hard to imagine being aired within a club environment where there is no such blurring of the lines between team selection and overall discipline.
Bernstein thinks so, not least because he gets the strong sense England's players actually want to be there.
"These guys share a desire to play for England. They really do value it," he said.
"But the FA is a complicated organisation. Having the whole regulatory side alongside Club England has created a degree of confusion.
"There has been a lack of clarity and the fact we haven't sat down with them has led to a bit of fuzziness."
Bernstein, Club England managing director Adrian Bevington, FA chief executive Alex Horne and the FA's director of football development Sir Trevor Brooking, who between them have direct responsibility for the England team, believe there should now be no doubt after a 10-minute bullet point presentation with the players at St George's Park last night.
Yet there still seems so many gaps to fill, not least in the form of punishments players can expect to receive for specific offences, including, in the kind of extreme case no-one was actually prepared to outline, a ban from playing for England.
"If someone transgresses in a way that brings the integrity of the team or themselves or the organisation into question, we have the ability to warn them, or if we deem it appropriate, under significant circumstances, to suspend them from England," said Bevington.
"A lot of thought has gone into it and obviously the clubs have their own codes of conduct."
Given that such codes, albeit in different environments, already exist and, in Cole's case, it still did not act as a deterrent, it was asked of Bernstein whether it was actually important.
The reply was a mixture of stunned amazement and complete incredulity.
"Of course," he said. "They are incredible role models with incredibly high-profiles and their behaviour is extremely important. I feel very strongly about that.
"This really should have been brought in years and years ago."
Of course, in Cole's case, and plenty of others for that matter, a complete ban on the use of Twitter would have saved a lot of grief.
Such a move is unrealistic - and in any case, it is not on the agenda.
"Social media can be a very powerful vehicle for footballers and individuals when used in the right way," said Bevington.
"We've explained to the players that it's absolutely fine by us, but that they should understand that if they are using Twitter when they're with the team they should do so in conjunction with the team's media officers and when they are not with the team, they should avoid any criticism of any organisations or individuals."