Duties to the Public
When dealing professionally with members of the public, members shall:-
- Ensure that due regard is paid to public health and safety.
- Endeavour to safeguard the legal rights of third parties.
- Be aware of and observe the law of the land, particularly with reference to their chosen field.
Duties to the profession
Following the profession of Analyst/Programmer, members shall:-
- Conduct themselves as professionals at all times.
- Uphold the dignity and reputation of the profession at all times.
- Strive to improve professional standards.
- Strive to advance public appreciation and understanding of computer technology.
- Not misuse their expertise to mislead or manipulate computer users.
- Refute false or misleading statements concerning the Profession and its practice.
- Act with integrity and honesty towards other professionals with whom they may have contact.
- Not make public statements unless competent to do so.
Duties to the Institution of Analysts and Programmers
Members shall at all times endeavour to:-
- Observe the provisions of the Constitution and Code of Conduct of the Institution.
- Conduct themselves honourably in the practice of their profession.
- Maintain the dignity, reputation and welfare of the Institution.
- Maintain or improve their professional competence with due regard to the technological progress which may be relevant to their chosen field.
- Not lay claim to expertise that they do not possess.
- Operate professionally according to recognised good practice in all aspects of their field.
- Ensure that any professional opinion they give shall be objective and reliable.
- Accept responsibility for their work.
- Avoid conflict of interest between themselves and their client/employer and make full and immediate disclosure should such conflict occur.
- Not terminate valid agreements without good and sufficient reason.
- Encourage and support fellow members in their professional development, and where possible assist in introducing suitable new entrants to the Institution.
Duties to Clients/Employers
In professional dealings with their clients or employers, members shall whenever possible:-
- Work with proper care and regard for the requirements of the client or employer.
- If their professional judgement is overruled indicate the likely consequences in writing.
- Complete work within the stated constraints of time and budget, indicating immediately if any overrun is envisaged.
- Neither offer nor receive any inducements for introduction of business without full disclosure of the facts to the client or employer.
- Neither disclose nor authorise to be disclosed, confidential information acquired in the course of professional practice.
- Not misrepresent the capabilities of systems, services or products with which they are professionally concerned.
- Not take advantage of the inexperience or lack of knowledge of others.
- Not handle client finances or place orders in the client’s name without prior written permission.
- Not pretend to independent judgement on behalf of their client or employer on any product or service in which they have a professional interest.