Code of Professional Conduct
Our members are bound by a Code of Professional Conduct. As food science and technology professionals, every member gives an undertaking to:-
- uphold the integrity of the food science and technology profession, and refrain from conduct which detracts from its reputation
- comply with current regulatory and legal requirements with care, and follow best practice to ensure the safety of food
- develop and maintain my professional knowledge and skills, and work within the limits of my knowledge, competence and skill
- act in a fair, honest, trustworthy and diligent manner
- take reasonable steps to ensure my professional judgement is not compromised nor perceived as being compromised because of bias, conflict of interest, or the undue influence of others
- consider the risks and implications of my action (or inaction) and advice, and hold myself accountable for them and for the impact these may have
- treat information with appropriate confidentiality and sensitivity
- raise any concern I have about the conduct of an individual or organisation likely to put the safety or health of the public at risk.
(agreed by our Board on 19 January 2017, effective 14 March 2017)
Any allegation of a breach of the Code will be investigated and may lead to disciplinary action being taken against a member. The Disciplinary Procedure governs how the investigation and disciplinary hearing will be conducted and a range of possible outcomes, including expulsion from membership in the most serious cases.
You can report any concerns you have about a member. Contact us in confidence.
You can also report suspected dishonesty or criminal activity in the food chain or a food business by using the Food Standards Agency's Food Crime Confidential reporting facility: https://www.food.gov.uk/safety-hygiene/food-crime.