Professional Governance Act Introduces Updated Code Of Ethics

Posted on April 1, 2020

The upcoming enactment of the Professional Governance Act in November 2020 will introduce changes to the Code of Ethics for professional engineers and geoscientists.

Under the Act, each regulator under the legislation—including Engineers and Geoscientists BC, and the regulatory bodies for forestry, applied biology, agrology, and applied science technology—must include a minimum of 12 standardized principles within their Code of Ethics for their registrants.

In preparation for this change, Engineers and Geoscientists BC has drafted a revised Code of Ethics (found at to ensure compliance with the Act. The changes are modest and generally consistent with our current Code of Ethics, but some required new principles have been introduced.

Subject to Council's passing of the proposed bylaw, along with ministerial approval through the Office of the Superintendent of Professional Governance, the new Code of Ethics will come into effect in November 2020.

Engineers and Geoscientists BC is surveying registrants by email on the draft Code to help determine what tools may be required to help registrants understand their new ethical responsibilities under the Act. The survey is open until Thursday, April 9, 2020.

For more information on changes to the Code of Ethics, visit

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