Changes to Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Powers
Our Professional Conduct Committee (the PCC) has reviewed and updated the Institution’s Code of Conduct and Section 4 of the Regulations.
The updated Code of Conduct and Regulations come into force on 1 January 2019.
The new Code considers good practice at other organisations, revised guidance published by the Engineering Council, and the Statement of Ethical Principles published by the Engineering Council and the Royal Academy of Engineering.
The updates to Section 4 of the Regulations include enhanced powers for the Professional Conduct Committee including:
• the power to investigate whether practice as a structural engineer is being or has been impaired due to illness or declining health. There are an increasing number of disciplinary cases investigated by the committee which suggest that there may be a health issue associated with a member’s alleged failure to comply with the Code of Conduct. Careful consideration has been given to ensure that any investigation under the new Regulation is conducted with sensitivity and absolute confidentiality.
• the power to impose the sanctions of the Disciplinary Board where the committee has ordered three consecutive suspensions of a Member for non-compliance with a decision.
View the updated Code of Conduct.
View the updated Regulations.
For further information contact Dr Kristy MacDonald, Disciplinary Manager.