EUROPEAN INFORMATICS SKILLS STRUCTURE (EISS - CEPIS)
CODE OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT
This code sets out the general principles of professional and ethical conduct
which should be in any Code of Conduct adopted by a Member Society of CEPIS.
The principles recognise that activities of a professional nature impose four
specific duties on practitioners, i.e. to serve:
- the public interest
- the employer or client
- the informatics profession
- the professional practitioner.
The above duties imply particular requirements that need to be fulfilled by
professional informatics practitioners, as indicated below.
2. Protection of Public Interest and Legal Compliance
- safeguarding public health, safety and the environment
- recognition of the rights of third parties, and that the intellectual
property rights of others are not prejudiced
- recognition of the rights of individuals and groups to information privacy
- knowledge and understanding of relevant legislation, regulations and
standards, and that the world of the professional complies with such
- recognition of basic human rights and the avoidance of actions that have an
adverse effect on such rights.
3 Responsibility to Employers and Clients
- performance of professional work that meets the requirements of the employer
or client, drawing their attention to the consequences of professional
judgement being ignored or overruled
- performance of professional work to time and to budget and the early
notification to employer or client if such requirements are unlikely to be
- not to offer or provide any inducement to a third party in return for the
introduction of business from a client unless there is full disclosure of the
facts to that client
- non-disclosure of, or non-authorisation to disclose, confidential information
gained in the course of professional work, except with the prior written
permission of the employer or client, or the use of such information for
personal gain or that of a third party.
4. Professional Dignity and Promotion of Professional Aims
- protection of the reputation of the informatics profession and the
improvement of professional standards through personal participation in their
development, use and regulation and the avoidance of action which will affect
adversely the good standing of the profession
- advancing public knowledge and the appreciation of informatics and countering
wherever possible false or misleading statements detrimental to the
- encouragement of professional development and support to fellow practitioners
and the provision of opportunities supporting the development of new entrants
to the profession
- acting with integrity towards fellow practitioners and to members of other
professions who may be engaged in related work and the avoidance of any
activity which is incompatible with professional status.
5. Competence, Ethics and Impartiality
- upgrading personal professional skills and awareness of relevant informatics
- avoidance of claims to levels of competence not possessed
- acceptance of professional responsibility for work performed including the
work of subordinates and associates under their direction, and not to terminate
a professional assignment except for good reason and with reasonable notice
- avoidance of situations giving rise to conflict of interest to practitioners
or clients and to make full disclosure to clients, in advance, of any such
conflict of interest that may arise.
Last Updated 94/10/05
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