Science Council Code of Conduct

All professionally registered scientists sign up to codes of conduct, which set out the expectations in respect of their professional conduct. They comprise:

  1. The code of conduct as a member of their Licensed Professional Body, the exact wording for which will vary depending on the body,
  2. The Science Council Model Rules of Conduct for Registrants, which binds all Registrants to core obligations as a professional scientist, independent of discipline or Professional Body.

For our professional scientists, their core obligation is to the public interest, but there are also obligations to employers, clients, their Professional Body and the profession as a whole.

All of the Science Council’s Licensed Professional Bodies ensure that their registered members actively use the code of conduct to guide their professional practice.

If you believe a professionally registered scientist has behaved unethically, you need to contact the Professional Body through which the scientist is registered. This information is available on the Science Council’s Professional Register.

Both the code of conduct and the details of the process to raise a complaint should be readily found on the website of each of our Licensed Professional Bodies.

The Science Council Model Rules of Conduct for Registrants

Registrants will agree to be bound by the code of professional conduct of their Licensed Body as well as by the Science Council Model Rules of Conduct for Registrants which state that:

Registrants must:

  • Exercise their professional skills and judgement to the best of their ability and discharge their professional responsibilities with integrity, serving as an example to others.
  • Have regard at all times to the public interest.
  • Do all in their power to ensure that their professional activities do not put the health and safety of others at risk.
  • When called upon to give a professional opinion, do so with objectivity and reliability.
  • Never engage in corrupt practice.
  • Undertake appropriate Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and be able to demonstrate this to others.
  • Further the interests of and maintain the dignity and welfare of their Licensed Body and profession.