Members have a general responsibility to uphold and
promote the dignity, standing and reputation of the
chemical science professions, and to uphold the principles
of the scientific method.
Members shall not knowingly engage in illegal work,
or cooperate with those who are so engaged, and shall
refrain from associating with or allowing the use
of their names in connection with any enterprise of
a questionable character.
Members shall act in a spirit of personal helpfulness
and fraternity towards their colleagues and refrain
from unfairly maligning or impugning the work or reputation
Members shall accept responsibility for their own
actions and acknowledge the contributions of others,
give and receive criticism in an objective manner,
and acknowledge and support the career aspirations
Members shall act in a strict spirit of fairness
and openness to their employer and/or clients. This
includes only undertaking work within their professional
competence, avoiding potential conflicts of interest
and not disclosing information provided or obtained
Members shall take all reasonable steps to ensure
that they are aware of the potential effects of their
activities on people and the environment, and shall
take all practicable steps to ensure that any adverse
consequences are either avoided, prevented or minimised.
All reports, statements, or opinions issued by members
while acting in a professional capacity, shall be
honest, objective and factual. In addition, members
shall do all that they can to ensure that such reports,
statements or opinions are not misused by others.
The code is dated 13 April 1999.