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Permanent members the AEcol team who work under their own initiative are required to demonstrate competency by membership of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management. This compels members to comply with the Code of Professional Conduct, which states: 

“As a member of CIEEM I shall:


  1. Uphold the Objects of CIEEM and the reputation of the profession.
  2. Maintain my professional knowledge and skills, including undertaking and recording such continuing professional development as CIEEM shall require and providing evidence thereof when requested to do so.
  3. Only undertake work that I have the competence to do to the expected standard and seek appropriate advice, training and assistance if I am involved in topics beyond my competence.
  4. Exercise sound professional judgement in my work, identifying clearly the limitations and applying objectivity[1], relevance[2], accuracy[3], proportionality[4] and impartiality[5] to information and professional advice I provide, including having regard to the relevant published technical guidance and standards and complying with all laws.
  5. Act at all times with professional integrity[6], avoiding or managing any conflicts of interest and avoiding actions that are inconsistent with my professional obligations and the Objects of CIEEM.
  6. Ensure those working for me are appropriately qualified, trained, competent, supervised and supported.
  7. Demonstrate a commitment to avoiding discriminatory practices in my professional activities.
  8. Accept responsibility for my actions and decisions.”


[1] Objectivity: exhibiting facts uncoloured by feelings or opinions; not subjective.

[2] Relevance: appropriate to the current matter.

[3] Accuracy: correct in all details.

[4] Proportionality: Action recommended pursued a legitimate aim and the means employed were suitable to achieve that aim, there was no less restrictive alternative and the action was clearly justified.

[5]  decisions based on objective criteria, rather than on the basis of bias, prejudice, or preferring the benefit to one person over another for improper reasons.

[6] The quality of being honest and morally upright.