The Fundamental Principles
Engineers uphold and advance the integrity, honor and dignity of the engineering profession
I. using their knowledge and skill for the enhancement of human welfare;
II. being honest and impartial, and serving with fidelity their clients (including their
employers) and the public; and
III. striving to increase the competence and prestige of the engineering profession.

The Fundamental Canons

1. Engineers shall hold paramount the safety, health and welfare of the public in the
performance of their professional duties.
2. Engineers shall perform services only in the areas of their competence; they shall build
their professional reputation on the merit of their services and shall not compete
unfairly with others.
3. Engineers shall continue their professional development throughout their careers and
shall provide opportunities for the professional and ethical development of those
engineers under their supervision.
4. Engineers shall act in professional matters for each employer or client as faithful agents
or trustees, and shall avoid conflicts of interest or the appearance of conflicts of
5. Engineers shall respect the proprietary information and intellectual property rights of
others, including charitable organizations and professional societies in the
engineering field.
6. Engineers shall associate only with reputable persons or organizations.
7. Engineers shall issue public statements only in an objective and truthful manner and
shall avoid any conduct which brings discredit upon the profession.
8. Engineers shall consider environmental impact and sustainable development in the
performance of their professional duties.
9. Engineers shall not seek ethical sanction against another engineer unless there is
good reason to do so under the relevant codes, policies and procedures governing
that engineer’s ethical conduct.
10. Engineers who are members of the Society shall endeavor to abide by the
Constitution, By-Laws and Policies of the Society, and they shall disclose knowledge
of any matter involving another member’s alleged violation of this Code of Ethics or
the Society’s Conflicts of Interest Policy in a prompt, complete and truthful manner
to the chair of the Committee on Ethical Standards and Review.


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