Professional Code of Conduct
for Qualified Members
Any learned profession is founded on the principle that its members
may be relied upon to conduct their work in a manner that will reflect
credit on themselves and honour to their profession. Although this
principle is universally understood, its importance is, more usually,
recognised in cases of professional misconduct. It is therefore
necessary that every learned profession should define, and enforce
among its members, strict rules of professional conduct. To this
end, the following Code of Professional Conduct, as approved by
Council, is issued to all qualified members (LTIs, ATIs and FTIs)
of The Textile Institute.
1. Qualified Members of The Textile Institute are
expected to carry out their professional work in accordance with
2. Qualified Members of The Textile Institute (Fellows,
Associates or Licentiates) acting professionally:
2.1 Shall observe the following Charge, which is read by the President
at Convocation before newly elected Fellows, Associates and Licentiates
in attendance: 'Fellows, Associates and Licentiates of The Textile
Institute, you have just been publicly recognised as members of
an honourable and chartered profession. I charge you now to maintain
the dignity of that profession, not least by keeping abreast of
advances in your chosen field. Cultivate the spirit of enquiry and
experiment, and endeavour to contribute to the life and development
of your profession'.
2.2 Shall conduct themselves in such a way that their honesty and
integrity are beyond reproach, and shall not knowingly make false
or misleading claims or irresponsible statements. They shall, in
particular, be aware of potential conflicts of interest that may
arise through personal relationships, financial involvement or acceptance
of any gift or favour or hospitality. Where such conflicts of interest
are likely to arise, a proper disclosure of such shall be made,
and, where necessary, appropriate steps shall be taken to disengage
themselves from the circumstances or assignment occasioning the
2.3 Shall not maliciously or recklessly injure the professional
reputation of another person.
2.4 Shall not accept professional obligations that they believe
they have not sufficient competence to perform, or that those for
whom they have responsibility might not have the competence to perform.
2.5 Shall accept due responsibility for all work done by them or
under their direct supervision.
2.6 Shall, when called upon to give an opinion in their professional
capacity, give an opinion which is objective and reliable to the
best of their ability.
2.7 Shall, when their advice is not accepted, take all reasonable
steps to ensure that the person (or persons) overruling or neglecting
their advice is (or are) aware of any possible danger or adverse
consequences which they believe may result from such overruling
2.8 Shall take all reasonable care in their work to minimise the
risk of injury to any person, including themselves, and to prevent
damage to property.
2.9 Shall respect all relevant laws, statutory regulations and
customs relating to products, processes and intellectual property,
such as patents and copyright, and take proper cognisance of appropriate
national, European and International standards.
2.10 Shall not (except under due process of law) communicate to
any person or publish any information communicated to them in confidence
either as an individual, or as a member of a group, including a
committee, by a client or employer, without the express authority
of that client or employer.
3. Qualified Members should be prepared to take reasonable steps
to improve the education and professional competence of themselves
and persons whom they may influence and, in particular, candidates
for Qualified Membership of The Textile Institute.
4. In providing evidence of a professional kind, Qualified Members
should state the following:'I, ..............., holding the education
qualification of ..............., am a Qualified Member and a Fellow/Associate/Licentiate
of The Textile Institute, a body incorporated by Royal Charter'.
5. In the discharge of their duties, and in the interpretation
of this Code, Qualified Members should remain mindful of the provisions
of the Institute's Charter and Byelaws relating to professional
conduct, and in particular Article 10 of the Supplemental Charter
of the Institute.
Where the law, custom or practice in a country proves incompatible
with this Code, the member concerned should inform The Textile Institute.
Being an international body, the Institute may seek to remedy situations
of conflict by advising its members of custom and practice accepted
in other countries.
Note 2: Supplemental Charter
A member shall be liable to be excluded from membership or to be
suspended for any period not exceeding two years from membership
or to be reprimanded or severely reprimanded by a Resolution of
the Council if they have been guilty of any act or default discreditable
to the profession of a Chartered Textile Technologist or to a member
of the Institute.
It is emphasised that although a breach of the terms of the Code
will not necessarily, and of itself, amount to a disciplinary offence,
a breach would nevertheless be carefully considered in any deliberations
of the Council or the Professional Status Committee when considering