Our Code of Conduct covers the fundamental behaviours which all members are expected to abide by.
As a professional body, we promote high standards of ethical conduct among our members to:
- Protect the members of the public
- Protect IMechE members
- Uphold the reputation of the Institution and the wider engineering profession.
Our By-laws and Code of Conduct are our ethical standards, which apply to all IMechE members.
Members are expected to refer to the Code on a regular basis and to act in accordance with the Code throughout their membership, whether in a professional or a personal capacity, irrespective of their grade, the professional role they fulfil, or the countries in which they practise.
Code of Conduct - four principles
Practise competently and maintain up-to-date knowledge and skills
We should act with care and competence
- Should take reasonable steps to maintain our professional knowledge and maintain a record of continuing professional development.
- Only undertake professional services in areas of current competence
- Should disclose any relevant limitations on our competence to undertake professional work
- Quantify and limit risk in all aspects of professional work, including with those who are working under our authority
- Ensure that we maintain adequate professional indemnity insurance either via employer or personally.
Act with integrity and respect for others
We should act with integrity and in a reliable and trustworthy manner
- Do not knowingly mislead nor allow others to be misled.
- Should respect confidentiality obligations express or implied.
- Present and review engineering evidence, theory and interpretation honestly, accurately and without bias
- Avoid deceptive acts and refrain from corrupt practices
- Reject bribery and record gifts or hospitality received
- Declare conflicts of interest
- Do not implicate the Institution in oral or written correspondence.
We should engage responsibly with the environment
- Recognise the importance of socioeconomic and environmental factors
- Comply with obligations for health and safety and environmental protection
- Take account of the needs of a diverse environment, while never knowingly or deliberately exploiting natural resources
- Balance the needs of the present with the needs for future generations.
Exercise engineering leadership
We should contribute positively to the public perception of the profession
- Contribute to public discussion on engineering matters within own area of competence and in an objective, clear and truthful manner
- Take positive action when we encounter unmanaged risk or malpractice
- Advocate and support the extension of ethical practices and respect the rights and reputations of others
- Support and encourage diversity within the industry.