An introduction to professional ethics.
Being a professional engineer means that the wider public trust you to be competent and to adhere to certain ethical standards. The trust you derive from being seen as a professional is one of the advantages of being a member of the IET, but it also means you have certain ethical responsibilities.
Like the Royal Academy of Engineering with its engineering Ethics and Principles and most other professional bodies, the IET has a number of Rules of Conduct which set out the standards of behaviour expected of its members. However, a list of rules will never cover every situation that may arise, and there will always be a role for individual judgement in deciding how to apply these rules.
This section of the site is designed to help you to interpret the Rules of Conduct, and to understand the demands of professional behaviour in your own life.
Developed by the IDEA CETL, a Centre for Excellence in Applied Ethics teaching and research, you will find a set of interactive case studies, designed to help you practice exercising your judgement in ethically challenging situations. These cases are based on the experiences of real engineers, and reflect real-life situations where the right thing to do is not always obvious.
This section brings together some good introductory texts for those who would like to explore ethics further, as well as articles and letters from our E&T Magazine and video content.
In joining the IET, all members must agree to abide by the Rules of Conduct. Members re-affirm their commitment to the rules through the annual renewal of their membership. In this section you can see the rules with links to the pages exploring the professional values which underpin that rule. You will also be able to try an interactive case study for each value.