Code of Ethics (2003)


American Institute of Chemical Engineers


CSEP Library

Date Approved: 

April 1995, Revised 2003

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(Revised January 17, 2003)

Members of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers shall uphold and advance the integrity, honor and dignity of the engineering profession by: being honest and impartial and serving with fidelity their employers, their clients, and the public; striving to increase the competence and prestige of the engineering profession; and using their knowledge and skill for the enhancement of human welfare. To achieve these goals, members shall:

  • Hold paramount the safety, health and welfare of the public and protect the environment in performance of their professional duties.
  • Formally advise their employers or clients (and consider further disclosure, if warranted) if they perceive that a consequence of their duties will adversely affect the present or future health or safety of their colleagues or the public.
  • Accept responsibility for their actions, seek and heed critical review of their work and offer objective criticism of the work of others.
  • Issue statements or present information only in an objective and truthful manner.
  • Act in professional matters for each employer or client as faithful agents or trustees, avoiding conflicts of interest and never breaching confidentiality.
  • Treat fairly and respectfully all colleagues and co-workers, recognizing their unique contributions and capabilities.
  • Perform professional services only in areas of their competence.
  • Build their professional reputations on the merits of their services.
  • Continue their professional development throughout their careers, and provide opportunities for the professional development of those under their supervision.
  • Never tolerate harassment.
  • Conduct themselves in a fair, honorable and respectful manner.