1. The privilege of professional practice imposes obligations or morality and responsibility as well as professional knowledge.
2. Each Consultant agrees to be guided by the highest standards of ethics, personal honor, and professional conduct.
ARTICLE II. RELATION OF PROFESSIONAL TO THE PUBLIC
1. Consultant shall avoid and discourage sensational, exaggerated, and/or unwarranted statements that might induce participation in unsound enterprises.
2. A Consultant shall not knowingly permit the publication of his/her reports or other documents of any unsound or illegitimate undertaking.
3. A Consultant shall not give professional opinion or make a recommendation without being as thoroughly informed as might reasonably be expected considering the purpose for which the opinion or recommendation is desired; and the degree of completeness of information upon which it is based should be made clear.
4. A Consultant may publish dignified business, professional, announcement cards or promotional material, but it shall not advertise his/her work or accomplishments in a self-laudatory, exaggerated, or unduly conspicuous manner.
5. A Consultant shall not issue false statement or false information even though directed to do so by employer or client.
ARTICLE III. RELATION OF PROFESSIONAL TO EMPLOYER AND CLIENT
1. A Consultant shall protect to the fullest extent possible, the interest of his/her employer or client insofar as such interest is consistent with the law and his/her professional obligations and ethics.
2. A Consultant who finds that his/her obligations to his/her employer or client conflict with his/her professional obligation or ethics should have such objectionable conditions corrected or resign.
3. A Consultant shall not use, directly or indirectly, an employer's or client's information in any way which would violate the confidence of the employer or client.
4. A Consultant retained by one client shall not accept without client's written consent, an engagement by another if the interests of the two are in any manner conflicting.
5. A Consultant who has made an investigation for any employer or client shall not seek to profit economically from the information gained, unless written permission to do so is granted, or until it is clear that there can no longer be a conflict of interest with the original employer or client.
6. A Consultant shall not divulge information given to him/her in confidence.
7. A Consultant shall not engage, or advise his/her employer or client to engage, and cooperate with, other experts and specialists whenever the employer's or client's interests would be best served by such service.
8. A Consultant shall not accept a concealed fee for referring client or employer to a specialist or for recommending professional service other than his/her own.
9. A Consultant shall not financially gain from sales, pricing, or rebate considerations of crop production inputs for his/her clients. Nor shall a Consultant use sales, pricing, or rebate considerations of crop production inputs as a promotional or marketing tool for his/her business.
ARTICLE IV. RELATION OF PROFESSIONALS TO EACH OTHER
1. A Consultant shall not falsely or maliciously attempt to injure the reputation of another.
2. A Consultant shall freely give credit for work done by others to whom the credit is due and shall refrain from plagiarism in
oral or written communication, and not knowingly accept credit rightfully due another person.
3. A Consultant shall not use the advantages of salaried employment to compete unfairly with another member of his/her
4. A Consultant shall endeavor to cooperate with others in the profession and encourage the ethical dissemination of technical
5. A Consultant having knowledge of unethical practices under another Consultant shall avoid association with that Consultant
in professional work.
ARTICLE V. DUTY TO THE PROFESSION
1. A Consultant shall aid in exclusion from certification those who lack moral character, who have not followed this Code of
Ethics, or who do not have the required education or experience.
2. A Consultant shall uphold this Code of Ethics by precept and example and encourage, by counsel and advice, other
Consultants to do the same.
3. A Consultant having positive knowledge of deviation from this Code of Ethics by another Consultant shall bring such
deviation to the attention of the Executive Council.