Ethical and Professional Conduct

Ethical and professional 340wCertified Practitioners are required to commit to SCP Australia’s code of ethical and professional practice policy which is as follows.

Code of Ethics and Professional Practice

A certified practitioner shall practise in accordance with the following ethical and professional conduct standards.

Integrity 

A certified site contamination practitioner will practise with integrity and honesty in all professional activities and will conduct activities diligently and objectively.

All communications including reports must be truthful and free of misleading or false statements. Reports must also include all material information relevant to the client’s objectives.

Independence 

A certified site contamination practitioner will avoid conflict of interest or undue influences in making professional judgments as a practitioner. Where perceived or potential conflicts of interest exist the practitioner must ensure clear disclosure to appropriate parties and must work diligently to avoid and be seen to avoid any conflicts.

Professional competence

A certified site contamination practitioner will maintain professional knowledge and skill at a level required to ensure that services provided are competent, consistent with current good practice and to ensure services meet all relevant policies, laws, regulations and guidelines.

Practitioners must ensure they operate within their fields of competence and engage additional and appropriate expertise when required.  Practitioners must also consider the competence of staff or contractors under their supervision and ensure they are operating within their competencies and are appropriately managed.

Practitioners have a particular responsibility to ensure that reports issued under their name are of a standard which would pass independent peer review and that they have personally reviewed the full content of each report and endorse its findings and recommendations.

Environmental stewardship

A certified site contamination practitioner will give due consideration to the potential impact on communities and the environment in their activities and recommendations relating to site contamination and seek to achieve protection from adverse effects of contamination.

Confidentiality

A certified site contamination practitioner will respect the confidentiality of information acquired as a result of their activities and will not disclose any such information to third parties without proper and specific authority, unless there is a legal duty to disclose.