Whether Professional Associations May Enforce Professional Codes

TitleWhether Professional Associations May Enforce Professional Codes
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1984
AuthorsSnapper, JW
JournalBusiness and Professional Ethics Journal
Pagination43-59, 61-67
Date PublishedWinter 1984
PublisherPhilosophy Documentation Center
ISSN Number2153-7828
KeywordsENGINEERING , MEDICINE , professional codes of ethics , SCIENCE , SOCIAL sciences
AbstractIt is apparent that professional associations are well equipped to deal with new issues arising from changing technologies. In the early 1930's the United States government formally recognized, through the National Industrial Redevelopment Act, the expertise of private associations and authorized many associations to set industrial standards. Since then, however, the mood in this country has been opposed to regulation by private associations. Antitrust law has been widely used to prevent associations from setting standards. In keeping with the current legal attitude, the author argues for severe limits on the power of private associations to set and particularly to enforce standards.
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