Institute of Electrical
and Electronic Engineers
(IEEE) Code of Ethics
We, the members of IEEE, in recognition of the importance of our
technologies in affecting the quality of life throughout the world, and in
accepting a personal obligation to our profession, its members and the
communities we serve, do hereby commit ourselves to the highest ethical
and professional conduct and agree:
1. to accept responsibility in making engineering decisions consistent
with the safety, health and welfare of the public, and to disclose
promptly factors that might endanger the public or the environment;
2. to avoid real or perceived conflicts of interest whenever possible,
and to disclose them to affected parties when they do exist;
3. to be honest and realistic in stating claims or estimates based on
available data;
4. to reject bribery in all its forms;
5. to improve the understanding of technology, its appropriate
application, and potential consequences;
6. to maintain and improve our technical competence and to
undertake technological tasks for others only if qualified by training
or experience, or after full disclosure of pertinent limitations;
7. to seek, accept, and offer honest criticism of technical work, to
acknowledge and correct errors, and to credit properly the
contributions of others;
8. to treat fairly all persons regardless of such factors as race, religion,
gender, disability, age, or national origin;
9. to avoid injuring others, their property, reputation, or employment
by false or malicious action;
10. to assist colleagues and co-workers in their professional development
and to support them in following this code of ethics.
Approved by the IEEE Board of Directors August 1990
© 2005 IEEE. Reprinted with permission of the IEEE.
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