Code of Conduct

The decisions and actions of NDT personnel have a profound impact on the world we live in, and society at large. Making a clear and public commitment to operating with integrity and honesty is essential to create a greater level of trust and confidence, and a positive perception of the non-destructive testing profession. 

Code of Conduct
I, as a member of the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing, in recognition of the importance of the engineering profession in affecting the quality of life, accept my personal obligation to act with integrity in the public interest and maintain and improve my competence.

I will:

Accuracy and Veracity:
  • maintain and improve my competence and undertake technological tasks for others only if qualified by training or expertise and after full disclosure of pertinent limitations;
  • undertake continuing professional development to maintain my professional standards;
  • report any violations of this code by another member to the CEO of the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing;
  • not knowingly mislead, or allow others to be misled, about engineering matters;
  • prevent avoidable risk to both physical and cyber security.

Honesty and Integrity:
  • be alert to the ways in which my duties derive from and affect the work of other people; respect the rights and reputations of others;
  • not disclose confidential information acquired in the course of work, without the consent of the parties concerned or unless disclosure is clearly in the public interest;
  • reject bribery in all forms;
  • make a systematic assessment of environmental, health and safety risks related to my work and my individual legal liability and inform clients whether or not professional indemnity insurance is held;
  • 
notify the Secretary of the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing on receiving a civil or criminal conviction, becoming bankrupt or disqualified under the Company Directors’ Disqualification Act, 1986.

Respect for Life, Law and the Public Good:
  • act honourably, responsibly and lawfully so as to uphold the reputation, standing and dignity of the profession;
  • hold paramount the safety, health and welfare of the public and the protection of the environment in the practice of my profession;
  • not enter into a contract where there is a real or perceived conflict of interest and disclose any conflict to affected parties when they do exist.

Responsible Leadership: Listening and Informing:
  • 
accept responsibility for work carried out under my supervision, treat subordinates fairly and without bias and advance their learning and competence;
  • encourage others to advance their learning and competence;
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provide objective and truthful information especially when giving advice or criticism, making public statements or advertising/publicising services; advice should include clear statements of the impact and consequences of engineering decisions and projects;
  • raise a concern about danger, risk, malpractice or wrongdoing that affects others ('blow the whistle') and support a colleague or any other person to whom I have a duty of care who, in good faith, raises any such concern.

The decisions and actions of NDT personnel have a profound impact on the world we live in and society at large. Making a clear and public commitment to operating with integrity and honesty is essential to create a greater level of trust and confidence and a positive perception of the non-destructive testing profession.

All members, across all grades memberships, sign an undertaking to advance the objects of the Institute and to be governed by the Bye-Laws. The above is the Code of Conduct, which members are required to embrace. Any failure to do so can be dealt with by expulsion and consequent loss of Engineers' Registration.