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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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Professional associations enforce their codes of ethics in essentially a fashion similar to that of licensing boards and certification bodies: They receive, investigate and adjudicate complaints.
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.
With NASDAQ and the NYSE encouraging companies to develop enterprise-wide codes of ethics, it is prudent for companies to look beyond the executive suite when addressing this issue.
The language in codes of ethics is aspirational in nature and quite often is broad in order to cover many possible situations.
In some places, parents must promise to obey codes of ethics and take a course on how to behave at games.
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).
If codes of ethics are useful, we are fortunate to have so many of them.
Thirty-one codes of ethics are compared with the Caux International Ethics Code using content analysis techniques.
Many sincere executives have spent countless hours lobbying for and crafting codes of ethics in their companies.
Suits against associations over enforcement of their codes of ethics are so rare that they should not intimidate an association and keep it from maintaining, adopting, or enforcing a code.
Many professions, such as physicians, bankers, and engineers, use codes of ethics as a means of self-regulation.