The Professional Governance Act (PGA) recently came into force on February 5, 2021. This new legislation replaces the Engineers and Geoscientists Act and establishes new regulatory tools, processes, and requirements for Engineers and Geoscientists BC and its registrants, including an updated Code of Ethics that aligns with mandatory ethical principles required by the PGA.
The changes are modest and generally consistent with our previous Code of Ethics and reiterate principles and standards already accepted as responsible engineering and geoscience practice.
The Guide to the Code of Ethics
To assist registrants in interpreting the updated ethical principles, Engineers and Geoscientists BC recently published the Guide to the Code of Ethics. The Guide is intended to help registrants understand and apply the principles of the Code of Ethics and addresses some of the key questions we heard from registrants about the updated Code.
The Guide offers interpretation and context on each of the thirteen principles to assist registrants in complying with the Code of Ethics and provides guidance to support ethical judgment. It includes commentary on each ethical principle, key points on how each principle should be considered, and examples based on real disciplinary cases.
The guide also describes the compliance procedures Engineers and Geoscientists BC apply to ensure registrants are meeting the requirements of the Code of Ethics—including a complaints process, an audit program, practice reviews, and legal enforcement.
The Guide to Code of Ethics, and the updated Code of Ethics itself, are available at egbc.ca/Code-of-Ethics, along with a previously recorded webinar about understanding the new Code of Ethics. If you have questions about the new legislation, contact a Practice Advisor at [email protected], or visit egbc.ca/pga.
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