IoN Code of Conduct

Professional Members Code of Conduct

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The Code of Conduct for members takes into consideration the width of knowledge and application areas covered by nanoscience and technology. The disciplines encompassed by nanoscience andtechnology include physics, chemistry, biology, material science, medicine and engineering, which interface with humanities, social sciences and management. This requires higher levels of knowledge and professional competence to successfully fulfil a professional commitment. The code of conduct described below aims to serve as a guiding compass for best practice in professional and organisational conduct.

Rules of Conduct

1. Commitment

All Members by virtue of their membership agree to adhere to the principles embodied in the code of conduct.

2. Honesty, Integrity and Ethical Conduct


  • Shall act with honesty, transparency, integrity, and fairness in both public and private dealings
  • Shall inform their employer of any personal and professional conflict of interest
  • Shall inform their employer and the Institute of any criminal offence conviction in any part of the world
  • Will not engage in impersonation, misrepresentation of truth, use designatory letter and titles that have not been earned
  • Will not accept financial or other benefits from a third party in lieu of their professional service
  • Will not offer money, benefits or objects to influence outcomes in areas of interest, directly or indirectly
  • Will not attempt in any manner to cause harm or malicious injury to any party
  • Shall act with fairness and impartiality in mediation roles
  • Shall act in an ethical and fair manner with regards to misconduct of others
  • Shall engage in conduct that is fair and reasonable to colleagues, customers, and suppliers in all types of organisation
  • Shall engage in a professional manner without any bias, offering preferential treatment, or discriminating against anyone based on race, religion, nationality, gender or disability
  • Shall not disclose information related to technical, financial or business arrangements about present and past employers without good reason and then only in the interest of the greater good of society
  • Shall inform the Institute of changes in professional circumstances, roles and responsibility specially in the event of bankruptcy, and disqualification from Directorship roles
  • Shall endeavour to uphold and enhance the reputation of the Institute

3. Responsibility for Action

Members shall:

  • Undertake to fulfil responsibilities described in contracts with diligence and care
  • Assume responsibility for action of work delegated to colleagues
  • Ensure work is conducted with competent authority and that competence is maintained through continuous validation
  • Accept responsibility for their own actions or lack of action in the event of failure to comply with the law, or scientific and professional standards

4. Excellence in Knowledge and Skills

Members shall:

  • Continually update their knowledge and skills through planned development
  • Maintain an awareness of regulations and changes to regulations with respect to professional competence
  • Pursue excellence in their work
  • Uphold high standards of rigorous investigation in research and accurate scientific communication
  • Recognise conflict of interests when reviewing scientific papers, grants and proposals
  • Offer professional advice only within their area of competence and knowledge

5. Environment and Society


  • Shall practise responsible development of nanotechnologies, through consideration of sustainability, risk to the environment and human health
  • Shall encourage best practice in research, development, production, distribution and use of nanomaterials and devices
  • Shall encourage the use of the precautionary principle in research and development activities
  • Shall avoid waste of natural resources in individual and organisational behaviour
  • Are encouraged to contribute to the UN Millennium Development Goals

6. Health and Safety

Members shall:

  • Encourage the implementation of risk management systems and quality standard for research, development, production and distribution of nanomaterials and devices
  • Encourage the uptake of labelling and practices recommended by Institutions and Standardisation bodies
  • Act to ensure all legislative requirements are fulfilled with respect to health and safety obligations of their organisation

7. Communication

Members shall:

  • Take opportunities to engage and discuss with wider society in an open and transparent manner with regards to areas of nanoscience and technology that they have competence in
  • Maintain professional courtesy to clients and colleagues in communication and engagement
  • Not engage in any derogatory communication

8. Supporting Members and Community

Members shall:

  • Engage in mentoring, developing and supporting other members of the Institute
  • Share knowledge in the area of competence in a professional and personal capacity
  • Inform the Institute in the event of an observed breach of code of conduct by other members of Institute

9. Organisational Conduct

Member organisations:

  • Shall encourage transparency, application of good management practices and governance of organisation
  • Shall respect legitimate access rights to information of stakeholders and society
  • Shall maintain accountability and responsibility for the impact of their products and services
  • Shall respect intellectual property rights and laws
  • Shall support research on the potential ecotoxicity and toxicity of novel nanomaterials
  • Will not engage in any criminal activities and corrupt practices