In the Articles of Association of the Institute of Acoustics ("the Institute") there is a general requirement for members to be bound to further the aims of the Institute to the best of their abilities. The standing of the Institute is enhanced if its members are not only well qualified, but also have a professional commitment to a standard of excellence in their work and in their dealings with other people.
A Code of Conduct, designed to embody broad ethical principles, is necessarily drawn up in general terms. The Rules of Conduct indicate the manner in which members are required to conduct themselves in most situations. For situations not specifically encompassed by the Rules, the principle to be followed is that, in any conflict between a member's personal interests and those of the wider community, the latter should take precedence.
Code of Conduct - Revised December 2022
All members of the Institute shall at all times:
The definitions set out below apply throughout these rules.
For the purposes of these Rules:
'members' includes a member or members of any class referred to in the By-laws.
'employer' includes client.
'complainant' is the member or non-member originating the complaint.
'defendant' is the member against whom the complaint is made.
'Council' is the Council of the Institute of Acoustics.
'Officers' are the Honorary Officers as defined in the Articles of Association
A Rules of Conduct
For clarity, these Rules have been grouped into the principal duties which all members should endeavour to discharge in pursuing their professional lives.
A1. Professional competence and integrity
A1.1 Members shall avoid undertaking work which is beyond their capabilities. Therefore, members shall undertake to:
A1.2 Members shall not knowingly act for a client for whom other members are acting in the same matter until either:
A1.3 Members shall not maliciously or recklessly injure or attempt to injure whether directly or indirectly the professional reputation of others, whether they are members or not.
A1.4 Members shall show proper regard for the sanctity of data. In particular members will:
A1.5 If members are co-authors rather than primary authors of reports and publications then they should establish and agree the extent of their professional responsibility for the validity of the work with the primary author.
A2. Public interest
A2.1 Members shall act in accordance with the principles of sustainability and not do anything, or permit anything to be done under their authority, of which the probable and involuntary consequences would, in their professional judgement
A2.2 In their work, members shall respect all relevant laws and statutory regulations. However, the Institute is not competent to judge the legality of any action nor to resolve disputes concerning non-technical aspects of any contract.
A2.3 Members shall raise a concern about a danger, risk, malpractice or wrongdoing which affects others (‘blow the whistle’), and support a colleague or any other person to whom they have a duty of care who in good faith raises any such concern.
A2.4 Members shall notify the Institute if convicted of an indictable criminal offence or upon becoming bankrupt or disqualified as a Company Director.
A2.5 Members shall notify the Institute of any significant violation of the Institute’s Code of Conduct by another member.
A2.6 Members shall notify the Institute if they have had membership of another professional body terminated as the result of a disciplinary procedure.
A.3. Duty to Employers and Clients
A3.1 When discharging their professional duties members shall:
4. Conflicts of interest
A4.1 Where a conflict arises or may arise between the members' own interests and those of any of their associates and the interests of a client, the members must:
Approved by Council December 2022
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