This code consists of two parts, the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. The Code of Ethics consists of general statements expressing in general terms the ethical and professional ideas expected of all members of the Association and their consultants. They are referred to and expanded in the detailed guidance contained within the Code of Professional Conduct.
The Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct sets out the standards of ethical and professional conduct expected to be followed in particular situations. This combined Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct does not define standards of professional conduct of members for the purposes of civil liability, or for statutory or other legal requirements. Not all of these guidelines may be applicable to a member’s activities or to their consultants. The member is therefore required to abide by those guidelines which are relevant to that member’s activities.
A member is obliged to determine what responsibilities the member has in each professional relationship, including, for example, duties that arise in particular circumstances from a position of trust or confidence that a member may have. Members are obliged to meet those responsibilities.
Ethical conduct is a hallmark of any profession. A member owes duties to its clients, to the public, to other professionals and to other members of the Association. These duties form the basis of the Code of Ethics, which specifies the minimum standards of ethical conduct expected of members.
For the purposes of the Code the term member includes, where applicable, its consultants. The Association will expect therefore that all members make their consultants aware of this Code and require that they comply with it.