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code of ethics

a statement encompassing the set of rules based on values and the standards of conduct to which practitioners of a profession are expected to conform. See also Code for Nurses, Hippocratic Oath.
A formalised standard of professional conduct

code of ethics

A summary (sometimes in written form) of a profession's values and standards of conduct.
See also: code


1. a set of rules governing one's conduct. Called also ethical code.
2. a system by which information can be communicated.
3. a set of alphabetical or numerical markers which are an index to a much larger bank of information.

code of ethics
see code of ethics.
genetic code
the arrangement of nucleotides in the polynucleotide chain of a chromosome that governs the transmission of genetic information to proteins, i.e. determines the sequence of amino acids in the polypeptide chain making up each protein synthesized by the cell. See also genetic code.
code of practice/conduct
a document produced by an authoritative body to provide a guide to people in their conduct relative to, for example, animal welfare, or their practice, for example, in the housing and feeding of pigs. It is the sort of document that is used when testing in a practical situation rules which are planned to be included in subsequent legislation.


rules or principles which govern right conduct. Each practitioner, upon entering a profession, is invested with the responsibility to adhere to the standards of ethical practice and conduct set by the profession.

code of ethics
the written rules of ethics.
veterinary ethics
the values and guidelines governing decisions in veterinary practice.
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But this does not mean that they have not been influenced by the codes of ethics of the old system.
Within the addiction and mental health counseling professions, codes of ethics represent consensus standards of conduct, reflecting the professions' aspirations, expectations and obligations.
Although many different health care professions have their own sets of official codes of ethics, it has been questioned if practitioners really follow the ethical guideline (Chonko, Wotruba, & Loe, 2003).
As a profession, if we look to codes of ethics to provide an absolute minimum standard by which we operate, and actively seek ways in which to work around ethical issues, then we could make the case that staying on message regardless of the question asked is ethical.
Upon its formation in 2003, members of the ACEI Ethics Committee examined various codes of ethics as well as the processes others have used in developing such codes.
Statements in codes of ethics are most likely to have an impact when they address new situations or when they take positions with which one mildly disagrees.
Foreign private issuers and registered investment companies would be required to disclose changes to, and waivers of, such codes of ethics in their periodic reports or on their Internet Web sites as well.
To that end, the AICPA has commented on numerous SEC proposals focused on internal control reporting, audit committees, codes of ethics, misleading auditors, off-balance-sheet activities, non-GAAP proforma financial disclosures and auditor independence--seven key areas of the law in which the CPA profession has long-held and strongly advocated positions to protect the public and add valuable information to the capital markets and investors.
All practicing counselors, including those in schools, are encouraged to review the contents of the professional codes of ethics that apply to them and to consult ethical standards documents when ethical dilemmas arise (Corey, Corey, & Callanan, 1998; Cottone & Tarvydas, 1998; Gladding, Remley, & Huber, 2001; Herlihy & Corey, 1996; Huey & Remley, 1988; Madden, 1998; Remley & Herlihy, 2001).
Nonetheless, architects and engineers are well acquainted with professional norms and professional codes of ethics.
to study the relationship between corporate and professional codes of ethics and employee attitudes and behaviors.
Codes of ethics, or perhaps more accurately codes of professional conduct, are increasingly seen as the best way to log issues that professional bodies and business organisations believe are important to the good name of the organisation and its members (or employees).