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FIDIC's Code of Ethics

The International Federation of Consulting Engineers recognizes that the work of the engineering profession is critical to the achievement of sustainable development of society and the environment.

To be fully effective not only must engineers constantly improve their knowledge and skills, but also society must respect the integrity and trust the judgment of members of the profession and remunerate them fairly.

All member associations of FIDIC subscribe to and believe that the following principles are fundamental to the behavior of their members if society is to have that necessary confidence in its professional advisors.

Responsibility to Society and the Profession

The consulting engineer shall;

  • Accept the responsibility of the profession to society.
  • Seek solutions that are compatible with the principles of sustainable development.
  • At all times uphold the dignity, standing and reputation of the profession.


The consulting engineer shall :

  • Maintain knowledge and skills at a level consistent with development in technology, legislation and management, and apply due skill, care and diligence in the services rendered to the client.
  • Refrain from performing any services unless competent to perform them.


The consulting engineer shall :

  • Act at all times in the legitimate interest of the client and perform professional services with integrity and faithfulness.


The consulting engineer shall :

  • Be impartial in the provision of professional advice, judgment or decision.
  • Inform the client of any potential conflict of interest that might arise in the performance of the commission.
  • Not accept remuneration which prejudices independent judgment.

Fairness to others

The consulting engineer shall :

  • Promote the concept of "selection by ability".
  • Neither carelessly nor internationally do anything to injure the reputation or business of others.
  • Neither directly nor indirectly attempt to take the place of another consulting engineer, who is already appointed for a specific work.
  • Not take over the work of another consulting engineer before notifying the consulting engineer in question, and without being advised by the client of the termination of the prior appointment for that work.
  • In the event of being asked to review the work of another, behave in accord with appropriate professional conduct and courtesy.

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