Code of Professional Conduct

The ILP Code of Professional Conduct provides a set of standards by which all of its members shall abide. The Code consists of a number of basic 'rules', accompanied by guidance notes, which provide some assistance to members on how to interpret the code. There is a personal obligation on members to act with integrity, and in the public interest. Members must exercise all reasonable professional skill and care to comply with the following:

1. Health, Safety AND Sustainability

  • Prevent avoidable danger to health or safety.
  • Promote environmental responsibility, and sustainable design.
  • Assess relevant risks, and ensure that you and your employer are appropriately insured.

2. Competence

  • Undertake only work that you are competent to do.
  • Maintain and develop competency on a continuing basis.
  • Understand and disclose limitations of your competency.
  • Encourage others to advance their learning and competence.

3. Responsibility

  • Accept responsibility for all work carried out under your supervision.
  • Treat all persons fairly, with respect, and without bias or prejudice.
  • Reject bribery.
  • Observe proper duties of confidentiality owed to appropriate parties.

4. Conflict of Interest

  • Avoid where possible, real or perceived conflict of interest.
  • Advise affected parties when such conflicts arise.

5. Professional Obligations

  • Notify the ILP if you are convicted of a criminal offence, or if you become bankrupt, or are disqualified as a company director.
  • Notify the ILP of any significant violation of this code by another member.



Engineers and technicians should understand their professional obligations with respect to whistleblowing and know where to go for guidance and advice.  information can be found on the Engineering Council website,