Code of Ethics
The purpose of the American Society for Quality (ASQ) Code of Ethics is to establish global standards of conduct and behavior for its members, certification holders, and anyone else who may represent or be perceived to represent ASQ. In addition to the code, all applicable ASQ policies and procedures should be followed. Violations to the Code of Ethics should be reported. Differences in work style or personalities should be first addressed directly with others before escalating to an ethics issue.
The ASQ Professional Ethics and Qualifications Committee, appointed annually by the ASQ Board of Directors, is responsible for interpreting this code and applying it to specific situations, which may or may not be specifically called out in the text. Disciplinary actions will be commensurate with the seriousness of the offense and may include permanent revocation of certifications and/or expulsion from the society.
ASQ requires its representatives to be honest and transparent. Avoid conflicts of interest and plagiarism. Do not harm others. Treat them with respect, dignity, and fairness. Be professional and socially responsible. Advance the role and perception of the Quality professional.
Expectations of a Quality Professional
- Act with Integrity and Honesty
- Strive to uphold and advance the integrity, honor, and dignity of the Quality profession.
- Be truthful and transparent in all professional interactions and activities.
- Execute professional responsibilities and make decisions in an objective, factual, and fully informed manner.
- Accurately represent and do not mislead others regarding professional qualifications, including education, titles, affiliations, and certifications.
- Offer services, provide advice, and undertake assignments only in your areas of competence, expertise, and training.
- Demonstrate Responsibility, Respect, and Fairness
- Hold paramount the safety, health, and welfare of individuals, the public, and the environment.
- Avoid conduct that unjustly harms or threatens the reputation of the Society, its members, or the Quality profession.
- Do not intentionally cause harm to others through words or deeds. Treat others fairly, courteously, with dignity, and without prejudice or discrimination.
- Act and conduct business in a professional and socially responsible manner.
- Allow diversity in the opinions and personal lives of others.
- Safeguard Proprietary Information and Avoid Conflicts of Interest
- Ensure the protection and integrity of confidential information.
- Do not use confidential information for personal gain.
- Fully disclose and avoid any real or perceived conflicts of interest that could reasonably impair objectivity or independence in the service of clients, customers, employers, or the Society.
- Give credit where it is due.
- Do not plagiarize. Do not use the intellectual property of others without permission. Document the permission as it is obtained.