Code of Ethics

FOR THE GUIDANCE OF ACCREDITED MONITORING PROFESSIONALS

 

All Accredited Monitoring Professionals (AMPs) are advised to read through this Code and acquaint themselves with its contents, so as to avoid the danger of inadvertently transgressing accepted codes of professional behaviour which may lead to a disciplinary action by the Institute.

The Institute and its Committee:

The Committee of the Institute of Environmental Impact Assessment under clause 37 of the Memorandum has charged the Disciplinary Panel to make "rules" which are to be observed by members. These "rules" are combined into this 'Code of Ethics' and set the standard for the conduct of members.

Principles of the Code of Ethics:

  • Work and behaviour of AMPs should always be of a professional standard acceptable to their peers so as to uphold the dignity, integrity, standing and reputation of the profession.
  • Public trust and confidence in the Institute should be upheld at all times.
  • Taking unfair advantage of, or denigrating, other members of the Institute is not acceptable.
  • Professional misconduct or negligence which lead to a disciplinary hearing may result in expulsion from the Institute and cancelling of the listing of an AMP.

Disciplinary Hearings:

An offence which may lead to a disciplinary hearing occurs when an AMP

  • is guilty of misconduct or neglect is any professional respect;
  • has obtained membership of the Institute or AMP recognition by fraud or misrepresentation;
  • has been convicted of an offence which brings the profession into disrepute.

When a complaint of a disciplinary offence is received, the Disciplinary Panel will meet to determine the outcome. 

In the event of any alleged offence, AMPs shall cooperate fully and without reservation in any formal enquiry or when called upon to appear before the Disciplinary Panel.

Professional Misconduct and Negligence:

Misconduct in any professional respect can be broadly defined as doing something which can normally be regarded as disgraceful, unethical or dishonourable by professional colleagues according to the rules, written and unwritten, governing professional behaviour.

Negligence in any professional respect can be considered to occur when, in the course of professional activity, an individual fails to act in a way commenserate with his/her training or skill.

Supervision of Others:

AMPs in a principal position have an obligation to supervise and provide support for less experienced professionals at all times.

An AMP cannot escape responsibility for work carried out by staff whom he/she supervises, however well qualified they may be.

Responsibility to Self, Clients, the Public and the Profession:

AMPs must not allow their professional judgement, integrity or conduct be influenced by non qualified persons in any matter requiring the application of professional knowledge or skill.

AMPs shall continually strive for improvement in the proficiency, effectiveness and quality of their service.

When an AMP prepares a report or any other document, it is imperative that it be prepared with care and accuracy and he/she should not sign any document containing matters that are not properly and truthfully represented or personally verified.

An AMP shall not disclose details concerning their client, the nature of their business or any other information about the work undertaken to any third party without prior written approval from the client, unless required to by law.

AMPs should not permit motives of profit to influence the independent and free exercise of professional judgement.

AMPs should report for possible disciplinary action any member who is deficient in character or competence or who engages in fraud or deception.