The IEC has published an update to its Code of Conduct for technical work. The Code of Conduct outlines the principles governing the conduct that participants must uphold as part of their involvement in IEC work. These principles are based upon the ISO/IEC Directives.
The Code of Conduct applies to all participants in IEC technical work including IEC committee officers, delegates and experts as well as liaison representatives.
The below list provides the key principles of the Code of Conduct:
- Respect others
- Behave ethically
- Respect confidentiality
- Conduct in meeting, written correspondence and social media (and virtual environment)
- Uphold the consensus process
- Participate actively and manage effective representation
- Embrace training opportunities
- Respect and protect the brand and reputation of IEC
- Work for the net benefit of the international community
- Respect competition legislation
- Respect patent rights
- Respect copyright
The Code applies to participant conduct during meetings as well as during breaks and social events, including virtual meetings. In addition, the Code also applies to written statements whether in documents, correspondences or chats.
As a next step, IEC community members will be required to accept the Code of Conduct as a condition for logging into the IEC website. In addition, the IEC Central Office will provide training on the updated Code. The Code of Conduct is available on the IEC website alongside the Guidance and process for addressing misconduct and breaches of the Code of Conduct.
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