Ethics, Law, and Conduct
Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia regulates the practice of professional engineering and professional geoscience in British Columbia by authority of the Engineers and Geoscientists Act [RSBC 1996] Chapter 116 (the "Act"). The association recognizes that ethical standards of conduct are fundamental to professional engineering and professional geoscience practice. The Code of Ethics establishes the general principles and specific duties that govern how Engineers and Geoscientists BC members and licensees must conduct themselves. (Bylaw 14(a)).
Members and licensees shall act at all times with fairness, courtesy and good faith to their associates, employers, employees and clients, and with fidelity to the public needs. They shall uphold the values of truth, honesty and trustworthiness and safeguard human life and welfare and the environment. In keeping with these basic tenets, members and licensees shall:
- Hold paramount the safety, health, and welfare of the public, the protection of the environment, and promote health and safety within the workplace,
- Undertake and accept responsibility for professional assignments only when qualified by training or experience,
- Provide an opinion on a professional subject only when it is founded upon adequate knowledge and honest conviction,
- Act as faithful agents of their clients or employers, maintain confidentiality and avoid a conflict of interest but, where such conflict arises, fully disclose the circumstances without delay to the employer or client,
- Uphold the principle of appropriate and adequate compensation for the performance of engineering and geoscience work,
- Keep themselves informed in order to maintain their competence, strive to advance the body of knowledge within which they practice and provide opportunities for the professional development of their associates
- Conduct themselves with fairness, courtesy and good faith towards clients, colleagues and others, give credit where it is due and accept, as well as give, honest and fair professional comment,
- Present clearly to employers and clients the possible consequences if professional decisions or judgments are overruled or disregarded
- report to their association or other appropriate agencies any hazardous, illegal or unethical professional decisions or practices by members, licensees or others, and
- Extend public knowledge and appreciation of engineering and geoscience and protect the profession from misrepresentation and misunderstanding.
The resources and information available on and through this webpage are general in nature. They do not contain legal or professional advice and do not constitute official policy of Engineers and Geoscientists BC. Readers are advised to contact Engineers and Geoscientists BC and/or seek professional advice in relation to specific issues relating to the regulation and practice of professional engineering or geoscience in British Columbia.