ETHICS AND PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT
CIQS members are guided by a Code of Ethics that must be followed to maintain the integrity of the profession to the public.
Note: The following Code of Ethics shall be construed as a general guide and not as a denial of the existence of other duties and rights equally imperative though not specifically mentioned. Members are bound by its provisions, just as they are bound by the provisions of the CIQS By-laws, Rules and Regulations.
Members of CIQS shall:
- Hold paramount their obligations toward humanity and the environment and devote themselves to high ideals of personal honour and professional integrity;
- Extend and enhance public knowledge and regard for Quantity Surveying by expressing opinions that are founded on adequate knowledge and honest conviction;
- Undertake only such work as they are competent to perform by virtue of their training and experience, and where advisable, retain and cooperate with other members or firms to ensure the highest standards of service;
- Accept responsibility by signing and sealing only work done by themselves or under their personal and direct supervision;
- Maintain confidentiality and avoid a conflict of interest, but where such conflict arises, fully disclose the circumstances without delay to the employer or client; not accept an engagement to review the work of another member for the same client, except with the knowledge of that member;
- Support and defend the principle of appropriate and adequate remuneration for the performance of their work;
- Advertise or promote in a manner that is not injurious to the public or to the dignity of the profession of Quantity Surveying and report or expose without fear or favour any illegal or unethical professional decisions or practices by other members;
- Maintain proficiency and competence and contribute to the development of the profession through the exchange of knowledge and experience;
- Uphold the name and title of the Institute and protect the Institute from misrepresentation and misunderstanding.
PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT AND COMPETENCY
Without restricting the power of the Affiliated Associations to act in accordance with Article 9 of the CIQS Rules and Regulations, the Disciplinary Board will have regard to the following principles of ethics and professional conduct:
- Act at all times with fairness and loyalty to his associates, employers, subordinates and employees; and with devotion to high ideals of personal honour and professional integrity;
- Clearly state that any statements or opinions he may write or speak are those of his own or his company, and not of the Institute unless prior approval has been given by the Institute.
Duties of a CIQS member to the public:
- Endeavour at all times to enhance the public regard for his profession by extending the public knowledge thereof and by discouraging untrue, unfair or exaggerated statements with respect to quantity surveying and to members and their companies;
- Not give opinions or make statements about projects unless he clearly discloses on whose behalf he is giving the opinion or making the statements;
- Not express privately or publicly, or while he is serving as a witness before a court, commission, or other tribunal, opinions on relevant matters that are not founded on adequate knowledge and honest conviction;
- Sign and seal only work done by him or under his personal and direct supervision.
Duties of a CIQS member to an employer or to a client:
- Act as faithful agent and trustee and treat as confidential any information obtained by him as to the employer or client’s business affairs, technical methods, or processes;
- Have no interest, direct or indirect, in any materials, supplies or equipment used by his employer or client, or in persons or firms receiving contracts from his employer without in advance informing his employer or client of the nature of the interest;
- Not act as consultant to other parties in respect of any work in which his employer has business interests without first advising his employer.
Duties of a CIQS member to other members and/or member firms:
- Conduct himself and act toward other members with courtesy and in good faith;
- Not accept an engagement to review the work of another member for the same client, except with the knowledge of that member;
- Not accept any engagement to provide substantially the same services where another member holds a commission to provide these services, without first ascertaining from the prospective client, in writing, that the services of the already appointed member have been terminated and paid in full, and this has been confirmed by the appointed member;
- Not maliciously injure the reputation or business of another member;
- Not attempt to gain an advantage over other members of his profession by paying or accepting a commission, fee or other benefit in securing quantity surveying work;
- Not advertise or promote in a misleading manner or in a manner injurious to the public or to the dignity of his profession.
Duties of a CIQS member to the Institute:
- Promote and maintain the honour and integrity of his profession and expose without fear or favour before proper tribunals any and all unprofessional or dishonest conduct by any other member;
- Undertake only such work as he is competent to perform by virtue of his training and experience, and where advisable, retain and co-operate with other members or member firms to ensure the highest standards of service.
- Not practice under a name or title, or permit his name to be used in any connection with any name or title, which might imply to the public that someone not a member is a member of the Institute.