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ICTAK Code of Ethics

Members of the Association share a dedication to ethical behavior and adopt this code to declare the Association's principles and standards of practice. The standards of conduct set out explain how the Code of Ethics applies to a member's professional work. The list of standards is not necessarily exhaustive and should not be read as definitively demarking the acceptable from the unacceptable in professional conduct in all practical situations faced by a member.

The intention of the standards of conduct is to illustrate, and to explain in more detail, the meaning of the Code of Ethics in terms of specific behavior. The fact that a member engages in, or does not engage in, these standards does not of itself guarantee that a member is acting ethically, or unethically, as applicable. A member is expected to take into account the spirit of the Code of Ethics in order to resolve ambiguous or contentious issues concerning ethical conduct.

The code is part of the Association's Regulations.

  1. To uphold and advance the honor, dignity and effectiveness of the profession of information communication technology and in keeping with high standards of competence and ethical conduct.
  2. To act with professional responsibility and integrity in all dealings with the community and clients, employers and employees.
  3. To place the interests of the community above those of personal or sectional interests.
  4. To work competently and diligently for clients and employers.
  5. To be honest in representation of skills, knowledge, services and products.
  6. To strive to enhance the quality of life of those affected by my work.
  7. To enhance my own professional development, and that of my colleagues and employees.
  8. To enhance the integrity of the information communication technology profession and the respect of its members for each other.
  9. To endeavor to preserve continuity of communication technology services and information flow in my care.
  10. To endeavor to preserve the integrity and security of the information of others.
  11. To respect the proprietary nature of the information of others.
  12. To preserve the confidentiality of the information of others.
  13. To advise my client or employer of any potential conflicts of interest between my assignment and legal or other accepted community requirements.
  14. Endeavor to provide products and services which match the operational and financial needs of my clients and employers.
  15. To give value for money in the services and products I supply.
  16. To be aware of relevant standards, and act accordingly.
  17. To respect and protect my clients' and employers' proprietary interests.
  18. To accept responsibility for my work.
  19. To advise my clients and employers when I believe a proposed project is not in their best interest.
  20. To go beyond personal brief, if necessary, in order to act professionally.
  21. Not knowingly mislead a client or potential client as to the suitability of a product or service.
  22. Not misrepresent my skills or knowledge.
  23. To give opinions which are as far as possible unbiased and objective.
  24. To give realistic estimates for projects under my control.
  25. To qualify professional opinions which are based on limited knowledge or experience.
  26. Give credit for work done by others where credit is due.
  27. To protect and promote the health and safety of those affected by my work.
  28. To consider and respect people's privacy which might be affected by my work.
  29. To respect my employees and refrain from treating them unfairly.
  30. Endeavour to understand, and give due regard to, the perceptions of those affected by my work.
  31. Attempt to increase the feelings of personal satisfaction, competence, and control of those affected by my work.
  32. Must not require, or attempt to influence, any person to take any action which would involve a breach of the Code of Ethics.
  33. Continue to upgrade my knowledge and skills.
  34. Seek to constantly increase individual awareness of issues affecting the information communication technology profession and its relationship with the community.
  35. Encourage my colleagues, employees and students to continue their own professional development.
  36. Respect, and seek when necessary, the professional opinions of colleagues in their areas of competence.
  37. Not knowingly engage in, or be associated with, dishonest or fraudulent practices.
  38. Not attempt to enhance my own reputation at the expense of another's reputation.
  39. Co-operate in advancing information processing by communication with other professionals and the public, and by contributing to the efforts of professional and scientific societies and institutions.
  40. To observe professional distance from individual(s) whose membership of the Association has been terminated because of unethical behavior or unsatisfactory conduct.
  41. Take appropriate action upon discovery that a member or a person who could potentially be a member, of the Association is engaging in unethical behavior.
  42. Seek advice from the Association when faced with an ethical dilemma that proves difficult to resolve individually
  43. Acknowledge personal debt to the information communication technology profession and in return protect and promote professional excellence
  44. Expose unethical practices within the professions circles.

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